How to Burn a CD to ISO 9660 or Rock Ridge

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ISO-9660 and Rock Ridge are examples of compact disc file systems (CDFS). These are used by operating systems for cross compatibility between a range of devices. Third-party burning software usually supports a number of CDFS you pick while setting up the CD burn. ISO 9660 is compatible with all operating systems. Rock Ridge enables advanced file support in ISO 9660. The Rock Ridge protocol is most commonly used on Unix based operating systems, such as Linux. ISO 9960 files are indicated by the .ISO extension.

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Things you need

  • Blank CD
  • ISO file

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    Open MagicISO (see Resources). Click the opening folder and navigate to the location you saved your .ISO file at. Click the piece of paper with the check mark to check the file system of the .ISO. You can change the select CDFS in this window.

  2. 2

    Click the icon of the CD with a pencil on it to open the Burn It! window. Insert a blank CD into your CD burner.

  3. 3

    Click the browse button to select the location for your .ISO file. Choose your CD burning speed and mode. Click "Burn It."


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    Open ImgBurn (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Click "Write image file to disc."

  3. 3

    Click the folder to browse to the ISO file location. Choose your image file. Insert a blank CD. Click the burn icon to burn your ISO9660 image file.

    Nero Burning ROM.

  1. 1

    Open Nero Burning ROM (see Resources). Choose the CD burner from the drop-down menu.

  2. 2

    Click the open button, which looks like a folder with a green arrow. Use the window to browse through your folders and select your image file.

  3. 3

    Select any additional burn options, such as "Buffer Underrun Protection" or disk verification. Insert a blank disc if you haven't already. Click "Burn."

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