Toasting a CD
|Finally we're ready for toasting. I use the Adaptec "EasyCD Creator" program to do the final writing to the CD media. I group all my files into one common directory, arrange the cuts into the final order, and click the red Record button. The program also includes a testing routine, that one can run prior to toasting to insure that the system is ready and able. Which brings us to another important aspect of toasting.|
The manipulation of massive files can tax the system of even the best machine. This is why I always run the DeFrag program before every recording session as well as before every toasting. Regardless of what the little pop-up box says, I defrag.
It goes without saying that lots of free disk space should be on hand, especially on the drive where the Windows temporary files reside. As each track is toasted, EasyCD creates a very large temporary file in the Red Book audio format to use to burn that track on the CD. This file can be as large as fifty megabytes for a three minute record. So you should have at least three times as much extra on that drive.