File name handling

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When you are creating your GEAR disc project, you need to consider the types of players or computer drives and operating systems that will be used to read the disc you are making. CD-Audio discs do not have a file system, so you don't have to be concerned with file names. CD-Audio discs simply have tracks containing digital audio. A CD-Audio disc has subcode which includes a timecode, as well as track and index numbers. CD-Audio discs have a table of contents (TOC) in the lead-in (a section at the start of the disc). The table of contents tells the player the starting timecode of each audio track.

CD-ROM titles can use either the ISO or UDF file system. In general, if a system supports UDF, and it is present on a disc, the UDF file system will be used instead of the ISO file system.

Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP recognizes the ISO-9660 file system, plus Joliet extensions which allows for filenames up to 64 characters. Windows 98 SP2, ME, NT, 2000 and XP support the UDF file system, which allows for files larger than 4 GB, as well as long file names. Unix and Linux systems will generally support ISO-9660, as well as Rockridge extensions for long file names. Modern Unix or Linux systems will have UDF drivers to support the UDF file system. For data tracks only, you can determine how and when non-ISO file and directory names are translated with the File Name handling buttons. You can change the default setting in menu under the 'Project/Current Track Properties/Files and Directories' tab. See the File and Directory Naming section in Appendix D for more information on ISO standards.

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