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Description of CD-R and CD-RW recording in Windows XP
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This article describes the functionality of the CD recorder feature. When you use Windows XP, you can write data to a CD-R, or write and rewrite data to a CD-RW. In addition, you can erase data from a CD-RW, but not from a CD-R.
Support for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ImageThe CD-RW recording feature that is built in to the Windows XP shell does not support the creation of an International Standards Organization (ISO) image. To create an ISO image in Windows XP, you need to install a third party utility that supports this feature.
An ISO image file is a snapshot of the data and layout of a CD, saved in ISO-9660 format. ISO image files are widely used for storing CD content. ISO is a common CD image format for DOS, Windows (Joliet ISO extension), Linux (RockRidge ISO extension), and other operating systems.
Description of the Staging AreaTo facilitate CD recording, Windows XP uses a staging area to store the data for recording, which is located in the following hidden folder:
Drive_letter:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD BurningIn addition, the information in the staging area is copied to a monolithic disc image file before you record the data. By default, this file is named "Cd burning stash file.bin" and is located in the root folder. You can change the location of the file in the CD recorder Properties dialog box.
Note Because the Local Settings folder is a hidden folder, you will have to change your Explorer settings to be able to see it. To do this, follow these steps:
How to Move Files to the Staging AreaThere are four methods that you can use to copy files to the staging area:
How to Initiate the Burn ProcessThere are two methods to start the burn process after the files are in the staging area:
To view a video of how to move files to the staging area and initate the burn process, click the Play button (
) on the Windows Media Player viewer below:
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NOTE: To view the above video, Windows Media Player 7.0 or later must be installed on your computer. For additional information about how to obtain Windows Media Player version 7.1, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/299321/EN-US/ )Description and Availability of Windows Media Player 7.1
Description of CD Recorder Properties Dialog BoxThe properties of a CD recorder include a Recording tab in addition to the standard tabs that are included with all drives. This tab includes the following settings that are specific to CD-R drives: