How to Finalize a CD/DVD/BD Disc
Have you ever recorded a CD or DVD disc, only to have it not work when you go to play it back? If so, it is likely because the master CD, DVD or a Blu-ray disc has not been finalized. However, not all people who know how to author a DVD are fully aware of this crucial step. What is finalizing and how do you go about it? Aside from the fact that the disc does not play back, why do you need to finalize a CD?
Finalization of a recorded optical disc, also known as closing, is the process of writing out support data, including DVD menus or table of contents and directory data, to enable it to play on all other systems. Once a blank CD has been finalized, it cannot have any more data written on it.
How can I finalize my CD?
While most CD burning software programs (such as CDBurnerXP) are capable of automatically finalizing a CD right after you burn files on it, some programs require the user to finalize the disc manually.
To finalizing a CD or DVD, start with clicking the "My Computer" icon and then locate the icon of the CD or DVD. If you have labeled the disc, look for the icon with the name. When you have located the icon, right click and select "Close Session." You will then see a pop up box once the finalization is over. This gives you a message that your disc can now be safely removed from your drive.
If you have DVD or CD burning software that allows finalizing, the process is even simpler. Once you have finished burning, a "Finalize" or "Done" button will appear. Clicking this button will ensure the finalization of your discs.
The Rationale of Closing / Finalizing a CD
Keep in mind that finalizing a CD or DVD is a MUST. If you are the kind of person who values the safe storage of your audio and video, it is vital that you know how to finalize a blank DVD or other disc. Finalizing a disc ensures that it will be able to be played back on other devices such as set-top players, desktop and laptop computers, video game consoles, home stereos, car stereos, and more. Once the disc is closed, the contents cannot be written or erased by other users.