With amounts of information, needed for normal computer operation, being so big, and growing every day your HDD becomes full in no time. With every game nowadays bigger than 5GB and HD movie collections reaching 100GB, even modern terabyte disk can be overrun in no time. If information is not valuable to you, solution is easy – put it into the Recycle bin. But What if you want to keep it? Well, then you burn it on either CD (for small amounts of data – up to 700MB), or DVD (more than 4GB or more than 8GB, depending on what DVD you have bought). Few years ago, you would have to buy additional software to have full control over what to write and how to write it on the disk. Now, if you have Windows 7 – you don’t need anything else.
How to burn a disk using Live File System (LFS)
There are two standards supported by Windows 7. The live file system disk can be played on computers running Windows XP or later, and some more advanced consumer electronics devices. Its compatibility is not guaranteed, but as it is faster to burn, it is still good for data backups of any type of files, that you will use only on PC. It is simple to backup to DVD using this FS. When you insert the blank disk, Windows Explorer will pop up so called “AutoPlay” dialog. Click on “Burn Files to disk using Windows Explorer”, write your title. Select “Like a USB flash drive” – this selects LFS for burning, and then, after the disk format is completed, you will be taken to a window where you can put your files. Simply copy them to the empty windows the normal way you copy files using Windows Explorer. This completes the operation – yes, it is as simple as that. You may need to close the session after writing is finished – check our site for short how-to on that.
How to burn a disk using Mastered Format file system (MFFS)
MFFS has one main advantage over LFS – disks written using it, are playable on every standard DVD or CD player, as they comply with international standards set for such disks. It must be written all at once, you can not add files once you finish burning, but if you need disk that will surely work on a DVD player – this is your choice. Operations to write in MFFS are exactly the same as in previous mode, except that you must choose “With a CD/DVD player” instead of “Like USB flash drive” in mode selection box. You are then presented with the same empty Explorer window – copy and paste your files as normal. Bear in mind that you can not use this disk to write additional files once burn process is completed, so plan your burn and put everything you need written on this disk.