TECH TIPS: DLA – More Burning Tips
DLA stands for Drive Letter Access and it’s a new way to write (record) your data or files with your CD record (burner).
DLA allows you to use your CD burner just like a floppy disk. For example, when you work on a Microsoft Word file and are ready to save it, you can save it to your 3˝” floppy disk OR you can save it to CD using DLA. Another words, you can save on a CD just the same way you save to a floppy disk. The difference, of course, is that a floppy disk holds 1.4 megabytes – a CD holds 700 megabytes.
Do you have DLA on your computer? Some newer computers come with DLA, like HPs, IBMs, Dells, and many others. Here’s how to find out: Double-click on My Computer. Then right-click on your CD-R or CD-RW drive icon (most times it is the “D” drive). In the pop-up menu, look for the DLA tab and click on it. Then, click on the box that says Enable DLA on your drives (this may already be checked). Click OK.
So, if you have DLA, let’s try it. The first thing you have to do is format a blank CD – just like you have to format a 3˝” floppy disk. (Well, most floppy disks come pre-formatted).
Insert a blank CD into you CD burner. Double-click on My Computer again. Right-click on the CD Drive icon and select Format. Click Start and click Yes. (Note: There are 2 ways to format a CD – Quick Format and Full Format. You generally want to do the Quick Format – it is quicker.)
OK - you are ready to save on your newly formatted CD. Create a file in Word or some other program. Click on the File menu, then click on Save As (the Word keyboard shortcut for Save As is F12). At the top of the window where it says Save In, click on the down arrow (to the right of Save in:). Click on your CD drive icon (it is usually Drive Letter D). Click Save.
That’s it! You just saved to the CD using DLA. You may continue saving files to the CD in the same manner.
In order to use this CD in other computers, you need to make the CD compatible. Right-click on the CD drive icon (in My Computer) and select Make Compatible.
Other ways to use DLA
• You can right-click on a file or folder and select Send To. Then click on DLA Drive (or the drive letter of your CD burner). Poof – you file gets written to your CD.
• You can also drag files or folders from anywhere on your hard drive directly onto your CD Drive icon (in My Computer).
So you say, this DLA is really cool, but I don’t have it – how can I get it? There are several ways. You can buy a new computer system equipped with DLA. (Alright – get real!)
OK - you can purchase DLA from Sonic Solutions at this website below. There is also an informative FAQ to read.
But – it costs around 20 bucks!
IBM has their version of DLA which is free. It has been reported to work with many non-IBM drives. I haven’t downloaded it but it may be worth a try. Here is a link that has a link to the IBM site to download this free version. There is also more informative information about DLA here.
Finally, some of you may have a version of drive letter access called Direct CD in Roxio’s Easy CD Creator.
Whatever form of drive letter access you have, get a spindle of blank CDs and burn to your hearts content.
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