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Windows 7: Can I use a DVD as a "bootable CD"?

21 Dec 2014   #1

Win 7 64-bit Home Premium
Can I use a DVD as a "bootable CD"?

I have Win 7 Home Premium, SP1. Dell Inspiron Inspiron 17R 5720. I'm not a techie.

I currently have only a C: drive. I plan to use this site's Partition Wizard tutorial to shrink the C: drive and then create a data partition. I plan to use the tutorial here:

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

I'm posting here because I think the question is a general "device" question - rather than specific to Partition Wizard.

The tutorial says that the bootable CD "works best from a CD rather than a DVD". I have some questions:
  • Q1; I have plenty of "-R" DVDs - but no CDs. Do I need to buy CDs?
  • Q2: If I need to buy a CD, will it work in my DVD drive?
  • Q3: If I don't need to buy a CD, will a DVD -R work correctly in my DVD drive?
I used gParted several times with Win XP Home - for the identical job that I want to do with Win 7. It was slightly easier than eating cake.

I haven't experimented with the native Win 7 partition software, because I read that the native software will not move the "unmovable" files in the centre of the current partition.

I would be grateful for any advice.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Dec 2014   #2

Win7 Ultimate X64

DVDs should work ok, if not you could always try a flash drive
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Dec 2014   #3

Win 7 64-bit Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pauly View Post
DVDs should work ok, if not you could always try a flash drive
Many thanks.

I might as well try both methods
My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Dec 2014   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

A dvd would be a waste, it fits on a cd, but a dvd should work fine, as mentioned.

Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

You can always just install the PW software too, I don`t recommend it because I feel it`s safer to use the boot cd.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Can I use a DVD as a "bootable CD"?

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