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) Image
The 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 Area
To 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 Burning
In 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
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
- Start Windows Explorer.
- Click Tools, click Folder
Options, and then click the View tab.
- Under Hidden files and folders, click to
select Show hidden files and folders, and then click
How to Move Files to the Staging Area
There are four methods that you can use to copy files to the
- Method 1: You can use a drag-and-drop operation to move the
files to the CD burner icon.
- Method 2: Right-click the file (or files), click
Send To, and then click Name or Drive Letter of your
- Method 3: Click the file, click Send To on
the File menu, and then click Name or Drive Letter of your
- Method 4: Copy the files manually to the staging
How to Initiate the Burn Process
There are two methods to start the burn process after the files
are in the staging area:
- Method 1: Under CD Writing Tasks, click
Write these files to CD.
- Method 2: Right-click the CD drive, and then click
Write these files to CD.
At this point, the data is copied from the staging area into a
monolithic stash file, which is then recorded to the disk as an image.
To view a video of how to move files to the staging area
and initate the burn process, click the Play button (
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) on the
Windows Media Player viewer below:
: To view the above video, Windows Media Player 7.0 or later must
be installed on your computer.
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
Description and Availability of Windows Media Player 7.1
Description of CD Recorder Properties Dialog Box
The 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
- Enable desktop CD recording for this CD-R
device: This setting enables the CD-R drive to allow drag-and-drop
operations for this device.
- Store staging disc image on: Use this
setting to change where the stash file is created before the file is written to
the CD drive.
- Write speed: Use this setting to set the
write speed of the device up to the maximum that the hardware
- Automatically eject media after recording:
Use this setting to enable or disable the ejection of media after recording is