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Chapter 8. Hardware on the Mac > Burning CDs and DVDs

8.8. Burning CDs and DVDs

If your Mac contains a CD-RW drive or an Apple SuperDrive (a drive that plays and burns CDs and DVDs), you've got yourself the world's most convenient and elegant backup system. It's like having a floppy disk drive, except that a blank CD holds at least 450 times as many files—and a blank DVD about 3,250 times as many files—as a floppy disk.

You can buy blank CDs very inexpensively in bulk via the Web—$20 for 100 discs, for example. (To find the best prices, visit www.shopper.com or www.buy.com and search for blank CD-R.) Blank DVDs are more expensive—about $25 for 50 (at www.cdrd-vdrmedia.com, for example)—but that's not ridiculous, considering their capacity.


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