Wednesday, March 01, 2000

I'm trying to burn a CD image file, but it's much larger than the capacity of my CD-Rs. How do I make it fit?

Wednesday, March 01, 2000

CD images very often contain more data than you can squeeze onto a 650mb or 700mb CD-R, but this is nothing to worry about. You see, these inflated image files also contain all the necessary formatting information needed to reproduce the original CD. This can occupy anywhere in the region of a few, to hundreds of megabytes. However, what is important is not the size of the file to begin with, but the estimated time it will occupy on the burnt CD.

If in doubt, open the 'CD Info' dialog box within your CD writing software and look for a reference to how many minutes worth of data your CD image is going to require. If this is less than 74 minutes use a standard CD-R, and if it's somewhere between 74 and 80 minutes use an extra length, 700mb CD-R.

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