How to Burn a RAR File
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A RAR file is a compressed file. It is used mainly by users to compress data. Users who want to transfer large files to a CD may opt to compress the files on RAR archive first before copying it to a CD. This process is easier and simpler than a lot of people might think.
- Writable CD
- Burning CD or DVD-ROM drive
- burning program (optional)
One way to burn a RAR file is to use the Windows burning utility program. Make sure a writable CD is available and is empty. Put the writable CD on the writable CD-ROM drive.
In My Computer, double-click the CD-ROM drive. This opens a window that displays the contents of the writable CD. If the CD is empty, it displays nothing.
Go to the location of the RAR file that needs to be burned. Cut or copy the RAR file into the CD’s window. If the user chooses to burn the files at a different time, the files placed on the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM window are saved on a staging area.
On the CD Writing Tasks pane on the left, there is an option that states, 'Write these files to CD'. Clicking on this option opens a prompt that directs a user to the CD burning process. This prompt is called the CD Writing Wizard.
The first step states an introduction to the CD Writing Wizard. An option for a CD name is available. Type the desired CD name on the available bar. The CD name can be as long as 16 characters. If a CD name is not typed in, the default name is used. The default name is the current system date.
After typing in a CD name, click next. The Wizard displays a progress bar that indicates the burning status.
An option, 'Close the wizard after the files have been written' can be checked. If not checked, a window prompt appears asking if additional copies of the same files are to be made.
New files written on a CD may overwrite files already present on the CD. More advanced Operating Systems, such as Windows XP support creating a multi-session CD. This means that a user may be able to add more files to the CD even after a burning session. There are also burning programs available in the market. This may help if the user wants more specific options for burning the files.