SOLVED! “Files Ready To Be Written To Disc”

Temporary files can result in issues like “files ready to be written to disc” during burning and to fix that, you have to delete the temporary files. If there is no positive change, you should delete everything on your disc, burn the files to the disc and so on. Check out this article to learn how to get rid of the issue and resume burning discs like usual. 

Temporary Files: The Number One Suspect

For your information, temporary files are created to hold information while other files are being created. Needless to say, if temporary files act up out of the blue, processes on computers would go haywire and the burning of discs is not an exception. The Temporary Burn folder is located in C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Burn\Temporary Burn Folder. 

What You Could Do

Delete Everything In DVD/CD-ROM Drives

  • Step 1: Go to Computer.
  • Step 2: Open DVD/CD-ROM drives.
  • Step 3: Delete everything you see. 

Delete Temporary Burn Folder

Once it comes to “files ready to be written to disc”, you should consider deleting Temporary Burn folder.

  • Step 1: Press the Windows key + R to open Run.
  • Step 2: Type shell:cd burning then hit Enter to open the Temporary Burn Folder.
  • Step 3: Press Ctrl + A to select all files then right-click the selected files.
  • Step 4: Choose Delete and once all the files have been deleted, restart your computer.

Note: On occasions, the first attempt to delete the Temporary Burn Folder may fail. In such an event, you should restart your computer and delete the folder one more time.

Burn To Disc

  • Step 1: If you see “Files Ready to be Written to Disc”, insert a blank disc on your computer.
  • Step 2: Press the Windows key + E to open File Explorer then click this PC. 
  • Step 3: Right-click the icon of your drive then choose Burn to disc.
  • Step 4: Name the disc, select your burn speed and hit Next.
  • Step 5: Once the process concludes, restart your computer and see how things turn out.

How To Troubleshoot Errors During The Burning Of Discs

There are two errors associated with burning discs: “There was a problem burning this disc” and “Windows Media Player cannot burn some of the files”. To take care of the errors, you may want to try out the measures down below. 


All in all, errors can occur when you burn another disc when the current process is ongoing. In that case, it’s a good idea to wait until the process wraps up then burn again. 

Update DVD Driver

If you suspect the obsolescence of the DVD driver is responsible, proceed to update the driver. 

  • Step 1: Press the Windows key + X to open the Quick Link Menu.
  • Step 2: Select Device Manager then hit the arrow beside DVD/CD-ROM drives.
  • Step 3: Right-click the device, pick Properties and go to the Driver tab.
  • Step 4: Proceed to hit Update Driver then follow the onscreen instructions to update your driver.
  • Step 5: The moment the update is complete, restart your device then try burning files to the disc again.

Remove Special Characters

Generally speaking, the name of files could contain special characters like commas or full stops. Since those characters would mess up the burning process, you should remove them. 

  • Step 1: Right-click each of the files that failed to copy then select Properties.
  • Step 2: Go to the Details tab then check the characters within the Artist Name, Song Name, and Album. 
  • Step 3: If you come across special characters, remove them then hit OK to save changes.
  • Step 4: After you finish, feel free to burn discs again and determine whether the issue persists. 

Disable Enhanced Playback

  • Step 1: Launch Windows Media Player then click Organize on the top left.
  • Step 2: Select Options then go to the Privacy tab.
  • Step 3: Uncheck all the boxes below Enhanced Playback and Device Experience.
  • Step 4: Select Apply then choose OK to save changes.
  • Step 5: Restart your computer.

Reduce Burning Speed

  • Step 1: Launch Windows Media Player then hit Organize on the top left.
  • Step 2: Go to the Burn tab then navigate to the dropdown menu next to Burn Speed.
  • Step 3: Change the Burn speed to Medium then hit Apply.
  • Step 4: Hit OK to save changes.

Remove Problematic files

  • Step 1: Once you have received the error, click OK to close the pop-up notification.
  • Step 2: Go to the left panel then click Blank disc to see the list of the files you want to burn.
  • Step 3: You may see an icon with a white X in a red circle next to some of the files. That icon represents the files that are not compatible with the Windows Media Player burn.
  • Step 4: Remove problematic files by clicking on the icon then resume burning your remaining files.

Check Out The Attributes

  • Step 1: Highlight all the files you want to burn then right-click them.
  • Step 2: Choose Properties and go to the General tab.
  • Step 3: Under Attributes, uncheck the box beside Read-only then hit Apply.
  • Step 4: Click OK to close the window then restart your device.

What Exactly Is Burning?

Burning is a colloquial term that means to copy or write information onto a compact disc. 

Are There Differences Between Copying And Ripping?

There is always confusion between the two terms i.e. burning and ripping. Although both processes involve discs, one is the direct opposite of the other. Burning is when you copy information from your PC to the CD whereas ripping is when you copy files from the CD to your computer.

How Long Does It Take To Burn A CD?

The amount of time it will take to burn a disc depends on the amount of data and the burning speed. For instance, 650MB of data will take about 74 minutes at speed of 1x, 37 minutes at 2x, and 19 minutes at 4x,

Is It Safe To Delete Temporary Files?

Normally, the temporary files are automatically deleted by Windows. However, if they are occupying a larger space, you can proceed to delete them. 

  • Step 1: Press the Windows key + S to open the search bar.
  • Step 2: Type %temp% then hit enter to open the location of temporary files in the File Explorer.
  • Step 3: Press Ctrl + A to select all then hit the Delete key.


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