Copying Files Between Computers
There are three common ways to get a file from one computer to another:
On a removable disk/memory key/CD/DVD.
Over Ryerson's network via FTP. (Typically between a lab workstation and a server).
For Unix XFTP.
Using USB Keys
The USB key, also known as a memory stick, is one of the newer and more efficient ways of storing information or copying it from one computer to another. They are affordable and come with different memory capacities. You can add and remove information from the device as you work. There is no burning or formatting required.
USB key/memory stick
Where to plug it?
Computers at Ryerson have USB ports (where the USB key is to be plugged in). These ports are located on the front of the computer tower, and may be behind a grey door (if applicable). You will find two USB ports there.
It is usually easier to connect the USB key to the front port, the one closest to you. Once plugged in, the USB key will prompt a popup window that will show various options; choose the Open Folder option. Now you are ready to simply drag the files from your computer into the drive and vice versa.
Using a CD-RW/DVD-RW
There are two types of compact discs you can record (burn) data onto:
CD Recordable (CD-R)
CD Rewritable (CD-RW).
As for digital video discs, there are many types available for recording data; here are some of the most commonly used types:
DVD Recordable (DVD-R)
DVD plus Recordable (DVD+R)
DVD Rewriteable (DVD-RW)
DVD plus Rewriteable (DVD+RW)
The chemical composition of the Recordable discs gives the disc a “write once, read many” format. This means that you can only burn data once, however, you may add files later (provided you do NOT close the disc) but you can never remove data. A formatted Rewriteable disc can be repeatedly written on. You can erase, add and rewrite any data. The CD/DVD acts like a floppy disk with a vast amount of storage space, but if you do not format the Rewriteable disc, it simply acts like a Recordable disc. It is important to understand that formatting a Rewriteable disc allows it to be read by any operating system.
The Roxio Creator DETM software is available at Ryerson for formatting your CDs and DVDs.
Formatting a CD/DVD Rewriteable
Please be aware that in order for a CD or DVD to be formatted and have data written to it, a CD recorder or a DVD recorder is needed. The recorders, otherwise known as burners, are drives that are capable of both reading the information on the disc and writing information to it; a regular CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive can only read the information.
A DVD-ROM and DVD burner are generally more useful than a CD-ROM and a CD burner as the DVD-ROM can read information from CDs and the DVD burner can write to CDs, but the CD devices cannot read or write to DVDs.
Make sure that the computer you are using has the appropriate burner before proceeding to formatting your CD or DVD discs.
Follow these simple steps to format your CD/DVD discs:
1. Take a new CD-RW or DVD-RW/DVD+RW disc and place it in the disc drive of the computer.
2. Click Start (Bottom Left Corner) > All Programs > Roxio Creator DE > Home.
3. The Home page of the Roxio Creator DE will open. Click Tools in the left menu panel.
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