How to Write Files to CD

By Serm Murmson

In addition to holding music, software and other commercial data, CDs can function as your own personal data storage devices. If you have blank CDs, you can format them in Windows for one of two data storage capabilities. The Live File System allows you to update the contents of the disc as you please but is limited to use in certain versions of Windows. The Mastered disc format closes the contents of the disc and allows it to be used on other operating systems.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD
  • Computer

Step 1

Put a blank CD into your CD drive.

Step 2

Select "Burn files to disc using Windows Explorer" in the box that appears.

Step 3

Name the disc.

Step 4

Select "Like a USB flash drive" to use the Live File System if you wish to periodically update the files on the disc on computers running Windows XP or later. Select "With a CD/DVD Player" to use the Mastered format if you wish to use the disc on many different types of computers or finalize the contents of the disc.

Step 5

Click 'Next."

Step 6

Locate the files you wish to write to CD.

Step 7

Select the files and drag them with your mouse into the disc window. Alternatively, right-click the files and use the "Send To" option to send them to the CD drive.

Step 8

Click "Burn to Disc" at the top of the CD drive window if you are using the Mastered format.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you use a CD-R for the Live File System and wish to delete files, the space that those files occupied will not be reusable. If you use a CD-RW, you will be able to reuse that space.