How to change the temporary folder if you run out of space while burning a DVD in Media Center
I recently tried to burn a video DVD on my Media Center 2005 system. I tried to fit 2 hours of recorded TV content on the DVD, and Media Center told me it would need to compress the content in order to fit it on the DVD. I pressed OK and left my Media Center going overnight to burn the DVD for me. Then, when I came back in the morning I found an error message stating that my system was out of disk space. I have my system configured with a 10 gigabyte C drive where I installed the Media Center OS and and then a 200+ gigabyte D drive where I store my music, photos and recorded TV.
After some further investigation, I found that the Sonic DVD burning software that is included with Media Center uses the default temporary folder (%temp%) when it transcodes recorded TV to compress it for burning to a video DVD. In my case, I only have about 2-3 gigabytes free on my C drive, but I have 150+ gigabytes free on my D drive. I found that I was able to change the default temporary folder location that Windows uses in order to allow my Media Center to use the D drive for temporary storage and correctly burn my video DVD.
Here are the steps I used to change the default temporary folder location and fix the Media Center video DVD burning issue I was running into:
- Click on the Start menu, choose Run and type sysdm.cpl
- Click on the Advanced tab and click the Environment Variables button at the bottom
- Double-click on the User variable named TEMP and change it to a path on your D drive
- Double-click on the User variable named TMP and change it to a path on your D drive
- Double-click on the System variable named TEMP and change it to a path on your D drive
- Double-click on the System variable named TMP and change it to a path on your D drive
- Click OK to officially change these environment variables
- Restart your computer so that Media Center will pick up the changes to these folder locations
- Try to burn your television show to a video DVD again