1) If I want to archive data (.avi files) on both dozens of CD-Rs and DVD-Rs, should I do them both from the Hard Drive (assuming I can fit them all) or is it perfectly viable to burn them on CDs as I get them, delete the source from HD and then later on copy them from the CDs back to the HD for burning onto DVDs? In other words, will I be copying extra inevitable minor errors by burning the DVDs from a copied CD rather than straight from the HD? My goal is quality burns with as long life as possible.
1a) For archiving this data, I assume Disc-at-Once is the best method? I'm burning CDs at 24-32x on my 48x max burner and 2x on my dvd-burner. Is that smartburn option really good on Lite-Ons (ie adjusts speed as needed on the fly or something) or does it simply try to write at max 48x speed?
2) What is a good simple software that will let me convert & burn MP3s into .wav so I can play them on my car stereo? I just tried Audio Central from my Roxio 6.x program and while it says it did it successfully, I'm having problems with playback on my stereos and even on my computer! I don't get it because the files say '.wav' and are all the right sizes (30-50mb) each. I wonder if it has something to do with the .m3u small file burnt at the end of the disc? I used DAO of course...
I'm using high quality Maxell DVDs on a NEC 2500A and medium quality Memorex CDs on a Lite-On 48161H Combo. Removed Nvidia Forceware drivers and DMA is set to 'enabled if available'.
Any tips would greatly be appreciated here or PM me.