Read Windows Live File Format CD on Ubuntu

NoOp glgxg at
Sat Sep 24 23:33:02 UTC 2011

On 09/24/2011 12:32 PM, Colin Law wrote:
> On 24 September 2011 18:37, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
>> On 09/24/2011 09:22 AM, Colin Law wrote:
>>> I have a friend who uses Windows 7 (I have not managed to convert him
>>> yet) who is asking for help burning CDs.
>>> [1] explains that there are two formats that can be used when burning,
>>> Mastered and Live File Format (of which there are several versions).
>>> If he uses Live File Format will I be able to read the CD under
>>> Ubuntu?  I was surprised to find that Google did not help me.  He is
>>> remote so I cannot try it and see.
>>> Colin
>>> [1]
>> Found this:
>> <>
>> <quote>
>> To begin, it is important to understand that the Windows 7’s version of
>> the Live File System is readable only by Windows 7, Vista, and XP
>> systems. Furthermore, the Live File System works differently with the
>> various types of optical discs.
>> </quote>
>> I've Win7 & will give one a try later today to see if I can read it on
>> Ubuntu.
> That would be good, thanks.  I hope that what the quote means is:
> It is important to understand that Windows only supports
> UDF version 2.01 on Windows 7, Vista, and XP systems.
> Colin


Copied the two LibreOffice folders off of Win7 to a CD-R using the Live
File, ensured they were there in Win7, then 'Ejected' the cd so that it
closes the session. Put the CD into my desktop (Maverick 10.10) and the
cd comes up as 'UDF Volume' rather than the cd name that I gave it in
Win7 (live file test). Files are all there & look to be fine. Eject from
Ubuntu and put back into Win7 to see if the session is is reopened; to
my surprise it still is and I can copy another folder to it (just like a
USB stick).

Eject again and put into a WinXP VM (VMWare Player); WinXP opens the CD
& you can read the files, but you can't add any files to it & get an
error that WinXP doesnt' support this CD-R format. Back to Win7 and I
can add files to the CD-R *and* delete files from the CD & add them back.

Hope that helps.


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