Burning CDs and DVDs With Microsoft Vista

By default, Windows Vista burns disks in the Live File System Format. This format is not compatible with Windows XP,  or any Apple OS's.
If you are using Vista only, the advantage of the Live format is that you can copy files back and forth from the CD or DVD without having to burn them all at once.

You can choose between the Live File System and Mastered formats.  The Mastered format is compatible with Windows XP, and Apple OS's.

To burn a disk using the Live File System format

1. Insert a writeable CD or DVD into your computer's CD or DVD recorder.
2. In the dialog box that appears, click Burn files to data disc.
3. In the Burn a Disc dialog box, type a name for this disc, and then click Next.
It might take several minutes for the disc to be formatted in the default Live File System format. When the formatting is complete, an empty disc folder opens.
4. Open the folder that contains the files you want to burn, and then drag the files into the empty disc folder.

To burn a disk in the Mastered format

1. Insert a writeable CD or DVD into your computer's CD or DVD recorder.
2. In the dialog box that appears, click Burn files to data disc.
3. In the Burn a Disc dialog box, type a name for this disc, and then click Show formatting options.
4. Click Mastered, and then click Next. An empty disc folder opens.
5. Open the folder that contains the files you want to burn, and then drag the files into the empty disc folder.
6. On the toolbar, click Burn to disc. The selected files are copied to the disc. When the disc burning is complete, the disc burner tray will open and you can remove the disc. You can now use the disc in another computer or media device. This type of disc does not need to be closed

Notes:
To burn a Mastered disc, you need free space on your hard disk equal to the capacity of the disc. For a typical CD, this is about 650 megabytes (MB).
If you select files to burn but decide not to copy the files to disc, you can delete the temporary files to recover hard disk space. To delete the files, open the disc folder, select the files, and then, on the toolbar, click Delete temporary files.
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Article ID: 867
Created: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 9:45am
Modified: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 1:45pm