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Chapter 2. Making Media

Use the methods described in this section to create the following types of installation and boot media:
  • an installation DVD
  • a minimal boot CD or DVD that can boot the installer
  • a USB flash drive to boot the installer

2.1. Making an Installation DVD

You can make an installation DVD using the CD or DVD burning software on your computer.
Make sure that your disc burning software is capable of burning discs from image files. Although this is true of most disc burning software, exceptions exist. In particular, note that the disc burning feature built into Windows XP and Windows Vista cannot burn DVDs; and that earlier Windows operating systems did not have any disc burning capability installed by default at all. Therefore, if your computer has a Windows operating system prior to Windows 7 installed on it, you need separate software for this task. Examples of popular disc burning software for Windows that you might already have on your computer include Nero Burning ROM and Roxio Creator.
Most widely used disc burning software for Linux, such as Brasero and K3b has the built-in ability to burn discs from ISO image files.
The exact series of steps that produces a DVD from an ISO image file varies greatly from computer to computer, depending on the operating system and disc burning software installed. Consult your disc burning software's documentation for detailed information on burning DVDs.