How to Finalize Data CD After Burning in Vista

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How to Finalize Data CD After Burning in Vista
Finalised CDs are locked from further rewrites. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

When you burn a CD in Windows Vista it may have its session closed or it can be finalised. Finalising a disc is limited to "Mastered" format used in data CDs. When writing a disc in the "Mastered" format, it is meant to have a single track of data that terminates with lead-out information written to the disc. When this information is present, a disc cannot be written to again and becomes understandable by devices such as DVD players and CD players.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Insert a blank compact disc into your computer's CD, DVD or Blu-ray recorder drive.

  2. 2

    Click "Burn files to data disc."

  3. 3

    Enter a name for the disc in the dialogue box that appears on your screen.

  4. 4

    Click "Show Formatting Options."

  5. 5

    Click "Mastered," followed by "Next."

  6. 6

    Drag the data files you want to burn to your disc's window from their location on your hard disk.

  7. 7

    Click "Burn to disc" to automatically write the files and finalise the disc.

Tips and warnings

  • You cannot add additional information to this type of disc because of the finalisation procedure.

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