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Quick Tips: Quick Tips: Burn an ISO image

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Quick Tips: Quick Tips: Burn an ISO image

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Ever wonder what the heck an ISO is and how to make one into a CD?

[ Background Music ] >> Lots of our tips here at CNET require you to burn an ISO image to CD. Many of you have written and asking, "How the heck do you do that"? I'm Tom Merritt from cnet.com with a Quick Tip on burning ISO images. First, real quickly, here's what an ISO is. It's a single file usually with the extension dot ISO. Sometimes on Mac's, maybe, it's called a dot CDR. It's essentially all the data that goes on a CD, also called the disk image. When you burn the ISO to CD, you are essentially creating an exact copy of the CD, the ISO it was originally made from. Now, you'll need a blank CD, of course, and some software that burns CD's. For this example, I'm gonna use a free program called CDBurnerXP. Put the CD in the drive and launch the burning program. You want a setting that allows you to burn data, not music. This is often called, coincidentally enough, a data setting. If your software, like this one, has a special setting for ISO images even better. Browse for the ISO file on your hard drive, make sure an option to finalize the disk you selected. And in some programs, you may need to select a bit-for-bit option as well. Burn the disk. If all goes well, you should have a perfectly usable disk at the end. That's it for this Quick Tip. I'm Tom Meritt for cnet.com. [ Music ]

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