Formatting CDs in Windows® XP
Do you know how you can format a CD in a computer system with the Windows® XP operating system?
Earlier, floppy disks were used for storing, transferring, and copying data files by PC users. But, now, CDs have replaced floppy disks as the primary method for performing these actions. CDs have an exponentially higher capacity for storing data. Apart from this, there are rewritable CDs that can be rewritten, which means that you don’t require fresh blank CDs. Windows® XP makes it easy to format a rewritable CD for copying files. However, you will need the support of a third-party application to do so.
Here, we discuss about formatting a CD in a computer system with the Windows® XP operating system under the following heads:
- Why to format a CD?
- How to format a CD in Windows® XP?
- Which CD format to use?
Why to format a CD?
CDs are a compact, convenient, and durable medium onto which you can store data, like files, pictures, songs, movies, and important documents. However, many CDs must be formatted, especially CD-RWs or rewritable discs. Knowledge about the correct method to format rewritable CDs will save you time and annoyance while transferring data to external storage media. CD-RW is the only CD format that needs formatting in order to prepare it for storing more data. In addition, you can still put information on an unformatted rewritable CD without formatting it. Formatting of a rewritable CD is required to prepare it for copying files.
How to format a CD in Windows® XP?
You can format a rewritable CD in many ways. The type of formatting you choose will determine the computers and devices that will be able to read that particular disc. In a computer system with Windows® XP, you can format a rewritable CD by following the given steps. Begin with inserting a disc into your computer's CD or DVD drive. When a dialog box appears on your computer’s screen, click ‘Burn files to disc’. In the ‘Burn a disc’ dialog box, give a name to your new disc. After this, click ‘Show formatting options’, and then click one of the following formatting options: ‘Live File System’ or ‘Mastered’. Then, click ‘Next’ to prepare the disc. Labeling your CD is important to know about the content stored on it. This will save time as you need not explore each and every CD while searching for any particular data file, or for a blank or a format-ready CD. Before formatting a CD, make sure that it does not contain any important data on it as formatting will completely erase the previously stored data.
The computer or device on which you are going to use the CD after it is burned determines the disc format you should use. If you want to create a DVD-Video disc (to play in a regular DVD player) or an audio CD (to play on a regular CD player), then you will need a different program or feature of Windows®. The type of rewritable disc that you should select depends on a few different factors, such as the types of recordable discs that work with your disc burner, the disc drive on the computer or device that you plan to use to read the disc, the types of recordable discs the computer or device can read, and the total size of all the files that you want to burn to the disc.