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This is the beginning of a collection of the commands or instructions necessary to burn an iso as a usable installation CD in various programs on Linux and Windows.

Background: When burning an ISO (.iso) file to a CD you (usually) want the CD to end up as a usable installation disk, which means the files within the iso are available individually; rather than making a copy of the single iso file on the CD. Most of the various programs to burn CDs have ways to do this, but the instructions / commands vary for almost every program.

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Linux Programs

mkisofs and cdrecord

If you pipe the output of mkisofs directly to cdrecord, you need a trailing "-" on the command line, for example: (I don't know why.)

mkisofs -r -J -v <film.avi> | cdrecord -v speed=8 dev=0,1,0 -data -pad -eject -ignsize -

Windows Programs

Easy CD Creator


On Mon, 27 May 2002 15:52:18 -0600 (MDT) Jim Turner <james.m.turner@colorado.edu> wrote:

With Nero (at least the version I have, which I don't know offhand and I'm not booting into windows to find out), you first have to rename the file image.iso to image.nrg. I have no idea why. But, once you've done that, click File->Burn Image (this might be Create Image, or even just Image, but it's something like that). Then it opens a find file dialog and you just select your image.nrg. It then gives you some options that don't mean anything to me, and I've always found that if I just leave them set as they are, it works fine.

Anne Wilson added:

I'm a little surprised at this - certainly you don't have to in Nero 5. What seems to cause most problems, though, is that it seems 'common sense' to choose the option to create a bootable drive. It's the wrong choice. The 'Burn an image' choice is the right one, as you said. The files are re-created including those needed to boot.


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