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Burning Ubuntu to CD can no longer be done with the latest release. The file is large enough to need a DVD disc.

Hi, Leo. I downloaded Ubuntu to use it as a live CD on a laptop that has no hard drive. The version I downloaded was Ubuntu 12.10 desktop.i3.86.iso. When I tried to burn it to a 700 MB, 80 minute CD using Nero 9, I get an error because the ISO is too large. Why would Ubuntu make a live CD ISO so that it doesn't fit on a CD? I even tried uverburning, but that didn't work. The ISO won't let me burn it into a DVD. How do I solve this problem? What alternatives do I have to use the laptop?

In this excerpt from Answercast #86, I look at burning a DVD with the new Ubuntu Live DVD release. CDs are not big enough.

Burning Ubuntu to CD

Actually, this is the first version of Ubuntu where they explicitly made the decision not to make a live CD. What they're making is a live DVD.

That ISO file is in fact too large to burn to a CD. And if you take a look at some of the announcements and documentation associated with this particular release of Ubuntu, they're actually pretty clear about that. I noticed that when I downloaded it not that long ago.

Burn Ubuntu to DVD

So the answer (of course) is to burn that ISO instead of to a CD to a DVD.

Now, I don't know what kind of error you're getting - or why you say that you can't. As long as your burner is of capable of burning DVDs - and as long as the software is, of course, capable of burning DVDs, you should be able to burn that ISO to a DVD - just like you used to burn the old ISOs to a CD.

Now I don't know much about Nero. I've not used it. Instead, I use ImgBurn, which I know does this - and works well because I've done it.

There is an article on Burning an ISO to CD. Literally, the only change you need to make to that article, is instead of inserting a blank CD, insert a blank DVD.

And... like I said, that assumes that the burner you're using is in fact capable of burning DVDs.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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January 10, 2013 3:38 AM

I did exactly that(on a re writable DVD, no more coasters). The DVD burned just fine, but It seems to just freeze after reboot with a little man at the bottom. I tried both the newest version and the Linux that has long term support. This happened years ago which is why I used re writable DVD's. I will try the flash drive, later, using a iso to flash drive program. If I boot from hte Flash drive, I assume that any malware cannot write the the flash drive, too bad It has no machanical write prevention switch, like they used to years ago.
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January 10, 2013 5:31 AM

TIL people still boot from CDs and DVDs, despite them being hugely slower to boot off than bootable USB sticks, and unusable by Ubuntu for persistent storage unlike USB sticks.

Ken B
January 10, 2013 9:08 AM

Just as an FYI -- I have seen computers in the past, which had a drive capable of reading CDs and DVDs, but could only write to CDs. It's been years since I've run across such a beast, but they do (did?) exist.

Gary T
January 11, 2013 8:54 AM

The solution to the error in Nero could be as simple to fix as making sure that you have " dvd " selected in the burn to box where your choices are " cd...dvd "

January 14, 2013 6:04 AM

I re downloaded the same iso file and it worked just fine. I did tell the website of the problem, and they fixed it.

Fred W
January 19, 2013 3:08 PM

I've gotten error messages from Nero that won't allow burning an ISO to a DVD for some very odd reason I have not researched. I just used ImgBurn, and it burns fine!

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