|There are TWO major packet writing programs that usually come with the main burning program from each of those companies. |
These programs require a drive that is capable of writing too.
One is Drag to Disk by Roxio, and the other is InCD by Nero.
Drag to Disk is the better program IMO. Both allow you to use writable (CDR) in the case of Drag to Disk and Rewritable (CDRW) with InCD.
This allows you to add and for appearance sake, remove data from CDR or actually remove using CDRW media.
I like Drag to Disk because it works using CDR media, which is much cheaper than CDRW. Once you write somthing on a CDR you can't erase it but Drag to Disk file system treats any deleted or replaced files to appear to be removed. They still occupy disk space but not show when viewing the disk.
I have one older burner dedicated to Drag to Disk and leave the disk inserted always until full. One downside to packet writers is that it takes substancial time to eject the disk, if you want to secure the data that has already been written. That is why I leave the disks in until full or I am done and want to change disks for whatever reason.
If you own Roxio or Nero you probably have one of these packet writers. They are not a replacement for backing up files but they are so easy to use that it is virtually instantaneous. Drag to the Disk and it is written, as the name implies.
Burners are so cheap now there is no reason to not have at least one burner installed. You can get them shipped for under $25 US.