Smart Virtual CD Burner

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The Smart Virtual CD Burner lets you create backup copies of your virtual CDs. Furthermore, you can run Smart Virtual CDs on a computer that does not have a Virtual CD installation – all you have to do is select the option that adds the "Reader Packet" when you write a Smart Virtual CD medium. You can open the Smart Virtual CD Burner by clicking on CD in the Smart Virtual CD group, on the Tasks and Tools tab of the CD Control Center, or under Virtual CD Programs in the Quick Start utility.




The upper portion of this window shows the data to be included on the Smart Virtual CD medium. This includes the selected virtual CDs and the Smart Virtual CD Reader Packet. The list of CDs can be edited using the buttons above the list.

Add: Opens a dialog for adding a virtual CD to the list.
Reader: Adds the Smart Virtual CD Reader Packet to the list.
Remove: Removes the selected element from the list.


In the lower portion of the window, you can define certain properties of the Smart Virtual CD. The Smart Virtual CD label is the name used to designate the Smart Virtual CD in the Windows Explorer when it is inserted.



The CD label can have up to 32 characters.


Autoplay when CD inserted: Defines what happens when the Smart virtual CD is inserted in a drive. The following options are available:

Smart Virtual CD Reader plus Explorer menu entries: Runs the Smart Virtual CD Reader and adds an "insert" entry for each virtual CD to the popup menu opened in the Explorer.
Smart Virtual CD Reader: Runs the Smart Virtual CD Reader.
Windows Explorer with Explorer menu commands: Open the Windows Explorer and adds an "insert" entry for each virtual CD to the popup menu opened in the Explorer.
Windows Explorer: Runs the Windows Explorer.
Deactivate autorun function for this Smart virtual CD: Switches off the autorun function for the selected Smart Virtual CD.



The autorun function you designate here is only enabled if you include the Smart Virtual CD Reader Packet on the Smart Virtual CD.


Settings for the burn process are available in the CD Burner and Parameters group. The dropdown menu in the Burner field shows the burners available. Select the burner you wish to use. Click on the button next to this field to update the list. The write speed defines the speed at which the data is written on the physical CD.



The write speed shown here is dependent on the medium in the burner. For example, the values shown for a DVD generally differ from those shown for a CD.


You can configure the following settings as well:

Cache data before writing: With this option selected, the data you have specified for inclusion on the physical CD is cached on the local hard disk before the writing process begins.
Buffer protection: Helps eliminate errors during writing by preventing buffer underrun problems.
Eject CD after writing: Ejects the CD from the burner automatically when the writing process is completed.
Write in test mode: All commands are processed as though a CD were being burned. Use this option to test the writing process without using up a blank medium.



If the data to be written includes data that is not stored on the local hard disk, it is a good idea to have the data cached before writing. Otherwise, any problems in accessing a network drive, for example, may terminate the writing process and render the target medium useless.



The "Buffer protection" option is available only if selected CD burner supports "BURN proof" or a similar function.



Writing in test mode is not supported by all types of blank media.


The Status Information and Progress sections show details on the active burn process. Any time you add or delete data, the Required disk space is automatically re-calculated. Available disk space shows how much space is available on the physical medium.



The writing process cannot be started unless the available space exceeds the amount of space required. If the available space is insufficient, the amount is shown in red.



Drive buffer shows the percentage of internal data buffer used for the selected drive. This display may vary widely, or might show 0% constantly; it depends on the values reported by the drive.



If you want to write the same set of data on more than one physical medium, just insert the next blank and start the burn process again.