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Windows Vista™ Step by Step by Joyce Cox, Joan Lambert

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Burning Audio and Data Discs

With CD and DVD burners becoming increasingly standard with new computer systems and increasingly affordable additions to older ones, burning audio and data CDs and DVDs is becoming more common as a means of backing up documents, pictures, and music. You don’t need to buy a special program to burn your own discs—all the necessary software is part of Windows Vista.

You can create CDs and DVDs in one of two formats:

  • Live File System. This new disc format is the Windows Vista default format for saving data to a disc. Files are copied, rather than burned, to the disc, without being "staged" in an area of your computer’s memory first. You can copy additional files to the disc at a later time and erase files you no longer ...

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