K3b is a comprehensive program for writing data and audio CDs and DVDs. Start the program from the main menu or by entering the command k3b. The following sections brief you on how to start a basic burning process to get your first Linux-made CD or DVD.
To create a data CD, go to Figure 16.1, “Creating a New Data CD” (↑Applications). Drag the desired directories or individual files from your home directory to the project folder and drop them there. Save the project under a name of your choice with + .+ + . The project view appears in the lower part of the window, as shown in
Thetab has various settings for the burning device, the speed, and the burning options. The following options are offered here:
The detected writer is displayed under this pop-up menu. You can select the speed here too.
|Select the Writing Speed with Care|
Normally, you should select, which chooses the maximum writing speed possible. However, if you increase this value but your system is not able to send the data fast enough, the likelihood of buffer underruns increases.
This option determines how the laser writes a CD. In DAO (disk at once) mode, the laser is not deactivated while the CD is written. This mode is recommended for the creation of audio CDs. However, it is not supported by all CD writers. In the TAO mode (track at once), a separate write process is used for each individual track. The RAW mode is not used very often, because the writer does not perform any data corrections. The best setting is, because it allows K3b to use the most suitable settings.
This function can be used to check if your system supports the selected writing speed. The writing is performed with the laser deactivated to test the system.
Burns the desired data without first creating an image file (do not use this feature on low-performance machines). An image file—also known as an ISO image—is a file containing the entire CD content that is subsequently written to the CD exactly as it is.
This option creates an image file. Set the path for this file under. The image file can be written to CD at a later time. To do this, use + + . If this option is used, all other options in this section are deactivated.
Remove the temporary image file from hard disk when finished.
Check the integrity of the written data by comparing the MD5 sums of the original and the burned data.
Thetab is only accessible if the option from the previous tab is selected. If this is the case, you can determine the file where the ISO is written.
Thetab contains two options: and . The options contains configuration of how data tracks may be written. In general, is considered the best suited method. The is used to append data to an already written but not finalized CD.
In thetab, enter some general information that can be used to identify this particular data project, its publisher and preparer, and the application and operating system used in the creation of this project. Under , specify settings for the file system on the CD (RockRidge, Joliet, UDF). Also determine how symbolic links, file permissions, and blanks are treated. In the tab, experienced users can make additional settings.
After adjusting all settings to your needs, start the actual burning process using. Alternatively, save these settings for future use and adjustment with .