The master CD or DVD disk, is the one you will

provide to your CD or DVD vendor for either

replication or duplication of the media. Below,

you will find some tips designed to help you

create a high quality master disc:

1. Always use the highest quality media that you

can obtain, as all media isn’t the same. Do

your research, take your time, then choose a

brand that will produce a high quality disc each

and every time you duplicate or replicate.

2. Avoid copying from a network source. If the

source files for your disk are on a network

drive, copy the files to your local disk before

you burn a disc. If you can’t move the files

to your local drive, try using the copy to hard

drive first feature. When doing this, your

burning software will create a temporary image

file during the burning process. Once the

burning has been completed, the temporary file

will be deleted.

3. You should always avoid burning on a laptop

computer that is running on low battery power.

The fluctations that will occur in the available

battery power may cause you to have poor results

in your duplication.

4. Always make sure that you finalize your

disc. If you fail to finalize, the disc won’t

play back. Finalizing will also help increase

the reading compability in other CD-ROM drives.

5. Never use the packet writing method to burn

a master disc. This method is very common with

burning drives that have re-writing capabilities.

This method will produce discs that can’t be

read on many CD-ROM drives.

6. Avoid any type of impact or movement of the

drive during burning. Doing so can cause the

laser to skip or jump tracks, which will lead

to errors or a bad disc.

7. If available, use the “burn-proof” feature.

This feature will allow the drive to slow

down the burn speed in the event the computer

can’t supply the data fast enough. Although

this can increase the burn time, the quality

of the disc will be much better.

8. You should avoid having multiple applications

open when burning, especially those that

access the Internet or a network. This can

hinder your computer’s ability to supply data

to the burner drive at the necessary rate.

If you follow the above tips, you should

produce a master disc of excellent quality. A

master disc is something you’ll want perfect,

which is why you shouldn’t take any risks.

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