The ability for CD-burning software to burn a large file onto multiple discs is called "disc spanning." While some CD-burning programs offer this feature, the process can result in disc errors or corrupted files. A more reliable method is to use a program that splits the large file into several smaller files, then burn each smaller file to a separate disc using disc spanning. To accomplish this, you'll need two applications: a file-splitting program and CD-burning software.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Blank recordable or rewritable CDs
- CD-R or RW drive
Click the link in Resources to download The File Splitter installation program. Install the program with the default settings, then click "Finish."
Double click the "The File Splitter" shortcut icon on your desktop. Click the "Browse" button next to the "File to split" text field. Locate the file you want to split and click to select it, then click "Open."
Click the "Browse" button next to the "Folder for pieces" text field. Choose a directory to store the smaller files, then click "OK."
Select "Custom Size" from the "Size of pieces" menu. Type "700" into the "Custom Size" text field, then choose "MB" in the drop-down menu.
Click the "Split" button to split up the file into smaller files. Click the "OK" button after the process is complete. Click the "Exit" button to close "The File Splitter" program when finished.
Split the Large File into Smaller Files
Download SwiftDisc burning software (see Resources). Double click the downloaded file and install it with default settings.
Double click the "SwiftDisc Burning Wizard" icon on your desktop, then click "Continue." Click the "Data Project" option, then select "Archive Data to Disc." Click "Next."
Place a blank CD in your CD-R or RW drive. Select your drive from the "Devices" list, then click "Next." Locate the files you split up and view them in the top pane of the program window. Click and drag each file to bottom pane.
Click to place a check in the "Disc Spanning" box, in the lower right corner of the program window. Select the type of discs that you will be using from the drop-down menu. Click "Next," then "Next" again.
Click "Finish" to start the burning process. The disc tray will open when the first disc has been burnt and a message will prompt you to insert another blank CD. Remove the burnt CD, then insert the next disc and click "OK." Repeat this process all files have been burnt.
Burn the Files to Multiple CDs
Tips and warnings
- To join the large file back together, place all file pieces in the same directory, then double click the "Create_filename.exe" file (where "filename" is the name of the large file you broke into pieces), then click the "OK" button. This executable is created when the file is broken up by The File Splitter program, and no other software is required.
- SwiftDisc burning software is recommended due to the built-in disc spanning option, but any CD-burning software with a disc spanning option can work for this process.
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