Windows Vista will allow you to use a regular CD or DVD as a flash drive (or an oversized floppy disc!) If the disc is re-writable, you can even delete files of the CD. This gives you great flexibility as you don’t need to finalize the CD each time. For about 25c, you can have a 4.3GB thumb drive that may not be pocket sized, but it is certainly portable. Learn how to create a disc like this by following this guide.
Getting your Disc Ready
1. Pop your CD/DVD into your disc and select Burn files to disc when the autorun pops up. If the following box doesn’t show up, go to Computer and double click the burner drive.
2. The following screen will come up. Click Show Formatting Options and then ensure Live File System is selected. You have the choice to change version, but 2.1 will be fine if you plan to use the disc with XP and Vista. Click Change Version to see what the other versions do.
3. Now click Next and Windows will format your CD/DVD
You are done and may now begin to add files. When you eject the disc, there may be a short period of time before the drive opens. Windows Vista needs to close the current write session, but not the whole disc.