Recording with HP DLA
HP DLA allows you to use the hp cd-writer drive like a diskette drive, by
using the drag-and-drop capability.
Important: Before using HP DLA to copy files directly to CDs, you must
format the disc.
To format a disc that allows you to record files using the DLA program:
1 Press the Eject button on the hp cd-writer drive, and insert the blank
CD-R or CD-RW disc.
2 Click Start, and then click My Computer.
3 Right-click the hp cd-writer drive icon, and select Format.
4 Under Volume Label, type in the title of the disc.
5 Under Format type, select Full or Quick (erase). You must select
the quick format for all CD-R discs. You must select the full format for
a CD-RW disc the first time you format it.
Full format can take from 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the speed of
the drive and the size of your disc. Quick format usually takes less than a minute.
6 If desired, click Enable Compression. (Only PCs with DLA
software installed can read files formatted with this type of
compression.) This option will not compress files that are already
7 Click Start to format the disc.
8 Click Yes to the message that all files on the CD will be erased.
9 Click OK.
10 When the disc formatting is complete, you can copy your files
to the hp cd-writer drive (from some menus, it may be labeled
DLA drive) by:
Dragging and dropping a file onto your drive icon.
Selecting Save As from within a program, and saving the file to
Right-clicking a file, and selecting Send To, and then selecting
If you want to use your DLA-formatted disc in another CD drive that
does not support DLA, right-click the hp cd-writer drive icon and select
Important: The Make Compatible option for DLA software is available
only for uncompressed CD-R discs. Once you make a disc compatible,
the disc is closed, and you can't write any more files to it.
CD-R discs that contain compressed files cannot be made
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