If you have burned CDs using Windows XP
, you are already familiar with the Mastered format. The latest version of Windows
offers a new format, called Live File System. Discs that use the LiveFile System format are often more convenient because you can copyselected files immediately and as often as you want, as if the discwere a floppy disc or USB flash drive. On the other hand, Live FileSystem discs can’t be used in all computers and devices. Use this guideto understand the difference between Live File System and Mastereddiscs:Discs formatted with the Live File System option:Work like a USB flash drive or floppy disk, meaning you can copy files to disc immediately without having to burn them. Are convenient if you want to keep a disc in the burn drive and copy files whenever the need arises.Are only compatible with Windows XP
and later versions of Windows
.Discs formatted with the Mastered option:Don’tcopy files immediately, meaning you need to select the entirecollection of files that you want to copy to the disc, and then burnthem all at once. Are convenient if you want to burn a large collection of files, such as a music CD.Are compatible with older computers and devices such as CD players and DVD players.
Why are there different versions of the Live File System format?
Eachversion of the Live File System format is compatible with differentoperating systems. Depending on which computers you plan to use a discin, you might need to select a different version of Live File System.If you plan to use your disc on the latest version of Windows
,however, you will never need to change the version of Live File Systemyou use. If you need to make discs that are compatible with earlierversions of Windows
, use the table below to select the right Live File System version for your needs:
The following table describes Live File System versions and their appropriate uses.
This format can be read on Windows 98
as well as many Apple computers. You should use this version if you need to format DVD-RAM or MO (Magneto-optical) discs.
This format is compatible with Windows 2000
, Windows XP
, and Windows Server
2003. It might not be compatible with Windows 98
or Apple computers.
This format is compatible with Windows XP
and Windows Server
. It might not compatible with Windows 98
, Windows 2000
, or Apple computers.
This format is designed for the latest version of Windows
and might not be compatible with earlier versions of Windows
For information on how to choose one of these versions when you format a disc, see Format a CD or DVD
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Foranother computer to be able to read a DVD disc, that computer must havea DVD drive. CDs can be used in both CD and DVD drives.