Vista asks for which type of a disk to create.

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Whenever I insert a blank CD-Rom.

Windows Vista asks me what type of a CD to create.

Why is this ?

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Vista asks for which type of a disk to create.

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Windows Vista comes inbuilt with a CD-Burning software. A new feature in Vista is that it attempts to make a CD-R disk usable like a USB Disk.

It allows the user "drag and drop" facility within Windows Explorer.

This requires special preparation of a blank CD-R disk.

Therefore it prompts the user to select the preferred formatting option.

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Vista asks for which type of a disk to create.

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I always cancelled this dialog box and used my CD Writer software to burn disks.

Does this mean that I don't have to install the program that shipped with by CD Writer ?

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Vista asks for which type of a disk to create.

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More or less yes. You would not need to use the third party software, unless your CD Writer has special features. For example your CD-Writer software may have a special setting that will allow reliable burning without causing a write operation to fail.

Some third party CD Writing software supports CD Text ; a special text data that allow you to burn a title of a song so that you get to see this title instead of "Track One".

These specialized features are not supported by the built in burner Software integrated into Windows Explorer that ships with Vista.

Vista only supports basic burning of files.

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Vista asks for which type of a disk to create.

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Thank you Stella, for the information provided!

This is a good feature, which means I do not have to go through the complicated process of burning a disk.

What mode should I choose when Windows Vista asks upon inserting a blank disk?

It has two options "Mastered" and something else. Which option should I choose ?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #97153

Vista asks for which type of a disk to create.

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The actual options are "Live File System" also know as "Universal Disk Format" – UDF  and "Mastered".

The Live File System, acts as a USB disk. You can drag and drop files and delete existing files. Writing happens on the fly and you will notice the CD-Writer working when this process happens.

UDF disks are readable only on Windows machines, running XP upwards. In order for these types of disks to be read by other operating systems, they would require a UDF reader software installed.

Mastered option means that the CD track is closed and a new track can be added. This means that the files in the first track remain and new data is added. You would not be able to "delete" an old file that is already present.

If you want to distribute the CD to be used in non – Windows machines, choose the Mastered option.

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Vista asks for which type of a disk to create.

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Thank you for explaining the two options. In the event I choose the Live File System option and then want to use the Mastered option.

Will I be able to do so ?

Answered By 0 points N/A #97155

Vista asks for which type of a disk to create.

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Unfortunately you cannot switch the modes after the very first preparation.

You only get to choose the option for a blank media.

Subsequently you cannot change it!

I would recommend the Mastered option for better compatibility.

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Thank you Stella for helping me understand the difference between the two options!

I will use the Mastered option.

Thank you again!

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You are welcome!

Have a nice day!

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