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Recording CDs or DVDs with Brasero Utility

Why do I need to burn CD / DVDs?

Computer drives are very reliable, however they do fail, so it is important to make regular copies of your data - so you can recover your data should the worst happen. This is best done to a non-volatile media such as a CD or DVD.

However, many backup utilities (-including Deja Dup) do not include facilities to write direct to a CD or DVD: the solution is to backup to a local drive then use another utility to write the files to a DVD/CD as a second phase.

Additionally, when installing a new Linux distro you normally need to create a physical boot disc.

As usual with Linux, there are a plethora of utilities to burn discs: in this article, we are going to look at one of the most popular for Linux newcomers: Brasero.

Installing Brasero

Brasero is a utility for burning CDs or DVDs. Some distros provide it as part of the standard distribution but, if not, you can usually install it via your Software Centre:

Brasero in the Fedora Software Centre

Running Brasero

Once installed, Brasero can be run from the desktop Activities Area by clicking on it's icon:

Brasero Icon

Burning a Data Disc

When Brasero first starts, you will see the main window display. To create a data disc, click on the "Data project" button:

Brasero Initial Screen

A new dialogue will open; click on the plus ("+") icon to add the files you want to be burned to the archive:

Brasero Add Files Icon

A File Manager window will open up. Navigate to the required files, select them then click the "Add" button:

Brasero File Manager Window

The File Manager window will close: the selected files should now be shown in the Data Project "Files" pane. Once all the required files have been selected, click on the "Burn..." button:

Note: remember that you can get around 4Gb of data on a DVD but only 700Mb on a CD. However, Brasero will record larger files across multiple CDs/DVDs if required

Brasero Icon

A dialogue will display allowing you to configure the burn options: you can just accept the defaults, unless you have specific requirements. Once you are happy with the options, click the "Burn" button to begin recording:

Brasero Icon

The data will be written to the disc - and the progress will be displayed via a dialogue box:

Brasero Icon

Once the burn is complete, you will see the following message - click the "Close" button unless you wish to burn another copy:

Brasero Icon

Your new disc is now ready for use! To quit Brasero, use the menu option:

Project → Quit:

Brasero Icon

Burning an ISO Image

If you are installing a new Linux distro, then once you have downloaded the image, you will need to create a Boot Disc - and this can be done using Brasero.

When Brasero first starts, you will see the main window display. To create a Linux Image, click on the "Burn Image" button:

Brasero Burn Image Button

The ISO dialogue will display - click inside the box labelled "Click here to select a disc image":

Brasero ISO Dialogue Box

A File Manager window will display - navigate to the ISO image that you wish to write to CD/DVD, then click "Open":

Brasero Selecting ISO Image

Finally, select the disc to write to (-if you have more than one CD/DVD drive), then click the "Burn" button to start recording:

Brasero ISO Dialogue Box - ISO Selected

From this point, the burn will progress in the same way as described for writing to a Data Disc

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