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Chapter 2. Managing Files and Folders > Creating a CD or DVD Using the Finder

Creating a CD or DVD Using the Finder

The low cost and large storage size of CDs or DVDs (getting cheaper), and the popularity of recording hardware make using CDs and DVDs an effective approach to some file management tasks. For example, CDs or DVDs are an effective way to back up information or transfer information to another computer without a network or to a Microsoft Windows computer. Before you can create a CD or DVD, you must have blank CDs or DVDs and a CD-RW or DVD-RW drive (also known as a writer or burner), or an Apple SuperDrive installed on your computer. You can copy or write, files and folders to either CD-Rs or DVD-Rs (recordable) or CD-RWs or DVD-RWs (rewritable). With recordables, you can write files and folders only once and read them many times, but you can't erase them. With rewritables, you can read, write, and erase files and folders many times, just like a removable disk. When you write to, or burn, a CD or DVD, Mac OS X needs disk space on your hard disk to temporarily store files during the process, so make sure you have free hard disk space available for the size of the CD or DVD. Do not copy more files and folders to the CD or DVD than it will hold; anything beyond the limit will not copy. When the burn is complete, you can use the CD or DVD on a Macintosh or Windows PC appropriately equipped (). You can also use other Mac OS X applications with disc burning features, such as iTunes, iPhoto, iDVD, or Disk Utility, to create specialized CDs or DVDs.

Prepare to Burn a CD or DVD

Insert a blank CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, or DVD-RW disc into your drive.

If you insert a CD-RW disc that you previously recorded, the dialog doesn't appear; you need to erase the disc with Disk Utility before you can burn data on it again.

TROUBLE? If the dialog doesn't appear, click the Apple menu, click Preferences, click CDs & DVDs, select the options you want, and then click the Close button.

Click the Action pop-up, and then click Open Finder.

Type a Name for the disc.

Click OK.

The blank disc appears on the desktop, where you can add and remove files and folders.



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