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This article describes how to move the CD Recording temporary files storage to an alternate drive for a single user on a Windows XP-based computer.
Note Generally it is better to free disk space on the Windows drive before you try to move the CD Recording temporary files. If you can free enough disk space, you may not have to follow the steps in this article. For additional information about how to use Disk Cleanup to free hard disk space, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310312/EN-US/ )Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP
When you copy files to a CD-R or CD-RW disk by using the CD recording support that is built into Windows XP, the files are first copied to a temporary location, and then a disk image file is created. Because of this, you must have available space on your Windows drive that equals two times the size of the files you are copying.
Although you can move the location of the temporary image on the properties of the CD-R/RW drive, this method does not move the temporary files.
For more information about moving the disk image file, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
279157Moving the temporary files location requires unpartitioned disk space, and Windows must be installed on an NTFS partition. If Windows is installed to a FAT or FAT32 partition, you can convert to NTFS.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/279157/ )Description of CD-R and CD-RW recording in Windows XP
Warning If you have upgraded from Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Me to Windows XP and convert your drive to NTFS, you will no longer be able to uninstall Windows XP.
For more information about how to convert a drive to NTFS, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881/ )How to convert a FAT16 volume or a FAT32 volume to an NTFS file system in Windows XP
How to Move the Temporary Files Location
Note Only the user account that followed the preceding procedure will have the benefit of using the temporary space on the newly-created partition. When other users on the computer send files to be written to a CD-R or CD-RW disk, the temporary files will still be stored on the Windows drive in their user profile path.
Microsoft Platforms Support does not support the installation or use of the TweakUI tool. TweakUI contains a feature to move the temporary files location for CD-ROM burning in Windows XP.