Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Moving the CD Recording Temporary Files Location

If you burn CDs using Windows XP's built-in functionality, you might not know that copies of the files that you're going to write to the CD are temporarily stored on your hard drive. If your drive is short on space, or you prefer to store these files at an alternate location.

Follow the instructions below to move the temporary file location for CD recording:
  • Put a blank CD into your CD-RW drive.
  • In the Windows Explorer, open the CD-RW drive (if there are existing files waiting to be written, delete them if you don't need them).
  • Right-click the CD-RW drive, and select Properties.
  • Click on the Recording tab
  • Make sure the 'Enable CD recording on this drive' checkbox is checked.
  • There is a dropdown menu showing the available drives on your system. If your system has multiple drives installed, they will be listed here. Select the drive where you want to store the temporary files.
  • Press the OK button when done.
  • About a gigabyte of storage is required for storing the temporary files.
  • The default location for these temporary files is: "%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning\"

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