Burning an .exe file to cd.

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December 20, 2006 at 20:21:04
Specs: Win 98se & ubuntu 5.04, P773/256Mb
I am new to burning cds. I am looking at free burning software, mainly to burn data and iso files. My first job is to burn an .exe file. Is this a data file? I ask this as I have found DeepBurner Free and that burns data files apparently.

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December 20, 2006 at 20:44:44
Yes, an .exe file is a data file. Most burner programs divide all burns into three main catagories. DATA, MUSIC, BOOTABLE CD. DVDs are a little different.

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December 20, 2006 at 21:01:46
Yeah, it's a data file.

When burning an audio cd the files must have a .wav extension. An audio cd is recorded in a manner that allows it to play back in a cd player.

But you can burn a data disk with audio files on it. It just won't be an audio cd. If you put that disk in your computer cdrom and click on one of the files, your player--WMV or whatever--will open and the song will play. But that's only because your media player has been associated with those file types. The same data disk won't play as would a regular audio cd in a car player or other stand-alone player.

The above is true for music files with a .wav extension--the type you find on a typical CD you buy at the store. I believe music files with an .MP3 extension are always recorded as data files. I don't think burning software will even allow you to record MP3's on an audio cd, at least my Nero won't. MP3 players are apparently more sophisticated and know what to do when confronted with a disk containing MP3 files.

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December 20, 2006 at 23:34:59
Thank you for that info Othehill. So for cds, are images, photos, part of the Data category?

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December 20, 2006 at 23:38:55
Hi Dave. Sorry I forgot to refresh my browser before the above post and didn't see your message. Thank you for the confirmation and added info.

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December 21, 2006 at 00:09:51
You're welcome. There's some older versions of Nero here:


At least some (maybe all) of those are intro versions that expire after 15 or 30 days so they may not be desirable.

Free versions of burner software I've found on the internet have all been pretty useless. You may be better off just buying a brand name. Used ones should be pretty cheap on ebay.

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December 21, 2006 at 18:12:47
"My first job is to burn an .exe file. Is this a data file?"

All files are data, as far as that goes - considering that a CD can hold up to 700Mb of data, burning a single EXE to disc hardly seems worth the effort.
You can use a burned CD for file storage (which is the most efficient method) - if you're intention is to create playable media for standalone CD or Video players (music or video) then those files must be encoded in order to work on those devices - although as DAVE suggests, newer CD players may be able to play MP3 files without the need for additional encoding

An ISO file is a kind of disc image - you wouldn't normally burn that directly to disc, your burning software will use that file to recreate the original disc the ISO was made from

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter

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December 22, 2006 at 10:35:26
Thanks for the info Dave and Jboy.

I looked at that link to the old Neros Dave, and looked around Old Version for a bit but could not find any definitive answer as to how long those downloads were going to work on my machine so am currently looking at free burners. My computer budget is a bit limited at present :)

Best wishes for Xmas.

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December 22, 2006 at 14:54:16
I'm not sure what your concern is - - at any rate, I believe Nero 6 has no expiry, although some features are disabled in the unregistered version (nothing crucial)

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter

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December 22, 2006 at 20:52:47
Hi Jboy. Are you saying that your understanding is that if I download any 6.xxx version from the OV link Dave provided above, that it will work indefinitely for basic cd writing? I am concerned that I will learn how to do something with it and then in 30 days time say, it will no longer do this. Thanks for your input here.

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December 22, 2006 at 22:52:11
I remember a few comments from people who had downloaded some of the oldversion Neros and they had an expiration. I don't remember which ones they mentioned. You might as well try the Nero 6 versions that jboy mentioned. If they have an expiration all you need to do is uninstall them later.

If all else fails I can send you a 5.5 copy that came with a new cd burner. Normally they're matched with the burner they came with and won't work with other models. But except for some old 2X's that may have been bad, this one has worked with every burner I've tried.

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December 23, 2006 at 10:58:52
I have been scouting around OV again and have not found any posts reporting that Nero downloads from that site go longer than 30 days. Most report that the won't burn at all. Seems that a crack is needed.

Thanks for your offer of Nero 5.5 Dave. Unfortunately I live in New Zealand.

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December 25, 2006 at 00:51:14
Experience is experience, and while these programs may do things slightly differently, they all basically do the same thing. From the sound of it, you couldn't be any newer to burning, so the sooner you jump in, the faster you will learn

Consider it similar to driving different makes of cars.

I may have been incorrect though. I received Nero Express (v6) with my CD burner a while back - no expiry, but the advanced features were unavailable - it may well be different with the versions at OV.

"Unfortunately I live in New Zealand"

You have my condolences

Fortunately, this is the digital age. I don't believe DAVE is offering to swim the files over, likely he intends to email them (although I could be mistaken about that as well)

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