Read Windows Live File Format CD on Ubuntu

Colin Law clanlaw at
Sun Sep 25 07:34:37 UTC 2011

On 25 September 2011 00:33, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
> 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
> Works.
> 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.

It certainly does, I shall tell he can use Live Format.




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