I am a newbe here.
Have vainly tried to find a possible earlier posting on the below matter.
Some time back Nero started to focus on multimedia matters and right now Nero is full of bells and whistles I donot need. In fact, when installing I only select ‘burning ROM’.
By far Nero does not have the same features as DVDFab (removing protection, splitting DVDs, selecting audio and subtitles, things like that).
I am now comparing various products, like DVDFab, AnyDVD, DVD Cloner, 1Click DVD Copy, etc.
DVDFab I like most, nice and easy to understand GUI, it can rip fm harddisk to harddisk (which is handy in case you donot have he original DVD anymore and is faster), etc.
But close to the point that I wanted to say ‘bye bye’ to Nero I discovered that it is [B]impossible to burn single files to DVD or CD[/B]. Just simple non-DVD files, like documents, photos whatever.
Now I still need Nero and have two applications on my system…
Likely this feature is not something DVDFab is designed for to do and is not it’s first priority, but I definitely think there is a market there.
People like me, who donot need all the extra’s Nero and alike are offering, because they have dedicated flexiable media-software to do that, but need the DVD-featurers of DVDFab (and similare software) but also wish to burn single non-DVD files.
[B]Request[/B] is to add a feature to write “File to DVD/CD”.
Don’t know whether it is difficult to implement… DVDFab already has something like ‘File to Mobile’.
Welcome to the forum!
I’ve read your request, and as usual, I have a couple of comments.
Single layer DVDs have a data storage capacity of 4.7 GB, and dual layer DVDs are almost double that. Most of those two kinds that you see on store shelves are the write-once variety (more in a moment).
The exception to those are the RW kinds, which are eraseable and re-writeable, but there are limitations there, too.
CDs, of course, have significantly less storage room available, and suffer from the same limitations as DVDs. (Again, more later).
Now, please never use the word ‘impossible’. It is possible to write a single file (photo, data, whatever), using Nero.
If you select the ‘Make Data Disk’ option, your next screen will allow you to start adding files for the write. When you click on add, a new window will open, allowing you to narrow down your search. As long as you stick to the little plus signs (+) beside each option - like My Computer, Local Disk C, etc. - it is possible to enter a target folder, and select an individual file.
And Nero will write that one file, with a major limitation…the only way you can retrieve that file, especially if the file was written in ‘append’ mode (in other words, written with the hope of being able to add other files at a later time) is, with (I think) the same version of Nero, and definitely the same OS.
In other words, if you wrote that file with Windows XP, and Santa brought you a new computer with Vista on it, that single file could not be retrieved with the Vista OS from that DVD (CD). The same holds true for RW disks.
The only dodge around that is to write the file as if it’s to be the only file on the disk…that makes it OS free - any OS should read that DVD.
But the other aspect of this (just how big is a single file going to get - several MB - maybe even a couple of hundred MB), still seems like a terrible waste of storage space for one DVD (not to mention the accumulated cost, if you do this alot) and makes it seem almost ridiculous.
Makes me long for the days when at least 3.5" floppies were still installed on computers. They were good for that sorrt of thing.
Another dodge around that DVD-single file situation is to email the file to yourself. As long as your email storage is intact, the file will always be available, and should be accessable by any OS with a program capable of reading that kind of file, but it’ll still be cluttering up your HD, though the cost of HD storage has dropped so much as not to really be an issue these days.
Don’t think I’ve sounded too encouraging… sorry about that.