How to arrange files by groups on CD?

Posted on 2006-04-13
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I need to make multiple CD's all containing the same data files. I'd like data files arranged alpha by group. When I arrange by group on the master CD and take to another machine they are no longer arranged by group. Is there a way to make this setting stick? This is using Windows XP and it's native CD burning feature.
Question by:BBourdage
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    Are you copying the files, or are you making a strict one to one bit copy?

    If you have trouble keeping discs in line, you may want to try the software at

    Here's the feature that I'm thinking about (from the site):
    Folder and File Management

    Custom Sort Order

    Most of the car and portable mp3 players say that songs will always be played in alphabetical order. But our tests show that in most head units they are played in the order they are saved on CD’s. MP3BR Imager lets you organize folders and files in a customized order. Just click on the up and down buttons and move songs and/or folders so that they are burned on the CD in the order you want. You don’t need to number your files according to your preference anymore. Even for the players that force the alphabetical order when playing there is a solution: MP3BR Imager can automatically insert numbers renaming the songs just inside the image file. So, the source files are untouched and you can burn CD’s with different playing orders without manually renaming folders and files. Of course, if you want one special folder to be in alphabetical order you can do it too.

    So while it's normally for MP3s, it may work for you too.
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    No that won't work for data files and the view in Windows Explorer.
    Windows XP saves view settings (including sort options) for each user. It doesn't matter what's on the disc. It will always sort etc. by what the user has specified.
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    Especially in this matter (from what I gather you are talking about going to View|Arrange Icons by -> Show in Groups).
    It's a user preference setting.

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