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Need something cheap to write DVDs

The OEM DVD writer I've got didn't come with drivers, XP doesn't write to DVDs without addon software (ala the CD writing wizard)
Does anyone know of some cheap (or free) software to fix this problem before I spring the $99 for Nero (or whatever)
All I want is the equivalent of the Windows XP CD writer. I have two uses for this
a) backing up our code base (It's around 100Mb but duplicated many times into different subdirectories which with executables results in a 1.28GB folder)
b) writing the occasional DVD iso from MSDN

I don't need any DVD ripping/copying or playing software.

Peter Ibbotson
Thursday, June 03, 2004

With regard to (a), have you thought about using source control and backing that up? It will likely fit on a CD and will buy you an extra safety net for little effort.

Rhys Keepence
Thursday, June 03, 2004

Will free of charge do? 

CD BurnerXP  ( http://www.cdburnerxp.se/ ) is freeware (not FOSS) supports various DVD formats and has had nice reviews.  I use it for CDs. 

a cynic writes...
Thursday, June 03, 2004

Dear Peter,
                  I'm sure your writer did come with drivers and software; it'll just be a question of lookinf for it.

Stephen Jones
Thursday, June 03, 2004

OEM drives are advertised by a distributor near me as not including any software, not even the crippled bundled versions.

Bored Bystander
Thursday, June 03, 2004

Thanks cynic that's just what I wanted. I hate using eval software unless I have to and my requirements just aren't that specialised.

Steven, "true" OEM drives don't come with any software at all and I'd assumed that the CD writing bits with XP would also do DVDs, alas this isn't true.

Re copying source code, it's more to do with the "it's late on friday, the laptop is at home, I'll take a snapshot of the current directory tree and work at home" generally I don't need the whole source code tree but sometimes it's easier and as a bonus means I have another backup. (actually our source control database would just fit on a CD but it's getting awfully tight)

Peter Ibbotson
Thursday, June 03, 2004

Dear Peter,
                  I realized my comment was idiotic almost immediately after I'd posted it but there is no reprieve for idiots on JOS. And I knew you'd pull me up on it!

                  It seems strange though. The only explanation I can think of is that the computer assemblers are the ones who bulk order the software. And there are people who are going to buy full versions, and so don't want to pay the extra $15-$20 bundled crippleware will cost.

                   

Stephen Jones
Thursday, June 03, 2004

BTW the software does work, but I can't get it to directly do the big ISO that VS.NET2005 is. If I copy directly from a virtual ISO image drive it falls over, however if I copy to a local drive then to the DVD it works.
For me thats good enough. If they fix my big ISO problem then I'll probably even send 'em a donation.

Sorry stephen, we here have a small OEM operation for servers & workstations so we normally buy OEM versions. Often they come with drivers but it's a lottery.

Peter Ibbotson
Friday, June 04, 2004

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