I hope I am in the right forum. Seems you were talking about some of the things I have ran accross. Okay I have had the computer for a couple of years and it came with the burner, but I could never get Adaptec to work, So I got Nero and I can burn now. I have managed to burn music and so now we are moving on to movies. I had gotten a movie and VCD and it took me forever to figure out how to burn it. Turns out though that the picture keeps stopping and starting. Perhaps it was just a bad quality file? Or did I do something wrong? Also my husband has a burner and he got a movie in .avi. So I suggested we try to burn it so we can watch it on our DVD player. It was going through the encoding turned out we didn't have enough disk space. Since there were two files I thought we should do one to a disk. But what is encoding? Is it coverting to another format to be playable on DVD? But here is the biggest problem. We both noticed our gigs on out hard drives were disappearing while doing all of this. When we stopped burning it never came back. We rebooted and tried to look everywhere to see what was taking our hard drive space and can't find it. Does anyone know the answer to this? PLEASE HELP!!!!