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June 30, 2002 5:38:10 AM

I have a "Techie" question for any experts out there concerning my CD Burner Software. My CD Writer came with the "Nero Burning Rom" software, and the help that came with the program still has me asking questions. In particular, I'm hoping someone can help clarify the "write" options I'm presented with when I want to create a Data (ISO) Backup. The options are as follows: 1.File/Directory Name Length: either ISO Level 1 (max of 11=8+3 chars), or ISO Level 2 (max of 31 chars). 2.Character Set: Either ISO-9660, ASCII, or DOS, then there seems to be some kind of over ride mode in the character set group called Joliet. 3.Format: either Mode 1 or Mode 2/XA. And 4.Relax ISO Restrictions: Allow path depth of more than 8 directories, and/or allow more than 255 charachters in path. What do the options mean to me? Are there any advantages or drawbacks to choosing any one option over another? Thanks for you help, O Computer Guru!

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June 30, 2002 6:56:11 AM

I am by far no expert on the subect but I think that ISO 1 is an older standard then ISO 2. 2 is more flexable (long file names etc) but 1 is more compatable with other equipment. If you are only going to be using a disk on a newer computer 2 is the choice. 1 is the way to go for max compatability. I don't know beans about the other stuff.

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June 30, 2002 2:48:01 PM

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July 1, 2002 4:31:40 AM

The only time you have to sweat those options are if you're using Msdos 5.0 or some Linux .99 kernal. If you're using win98 or Nt, you're not going to have a problem with any combination of options.

Iso 1 keeps the 8+3 filenames, which means if you're using dos5.0, all the files will show up fine. That's why your windows98/me cdrom has all the filenames with underscores. Dos5.0 doesn't like spaces in the names.

I always use the Ascii character set cause I don't want nero renaming my files with underscores, which it will do if there's spaces in the folders/files name. There's some other stuff, but that's the one you'll notice all the time.


Nero doesn't do true mode2 burning. It does mode 2, form 1 burning, which still has crc info. Some programs will actually burn mode2, form2 (without crc info) which can cause some *MAJOR* errors in files.

When I burn with nero, I always use iso2, mode2/xa, ascii, secondary joliet naming, and relaxed iso restrictions. The last "no semicolon with iso" really doesn't matter unless you're sending a disk image to someone using a freeware linux burn program.

Check out <A HREF="http://www.cdrinfo.com" target="_new">http://www.cdrinfo.com&lt;/A> and <A HREF="http://www.cdmediaworld.com" target="_new">http://www.cdmediaworld.com&lt;/A> for some really basic burn selection info. Check the frame on the left side for faq's and formatting.
July 1, 2002 11:56:42 AM

Thanks for answering my questions ejsmith! That pretty much clears up my confusion...Thanks for the web addresses as well. Have a good one, Gents!
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