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Student TechCenter - Burning a CD or DVD on a MAC


The Finder can burn files to a CD or DVD. You can then use that disc as a backup, send it to friends, or copy those files to another computer. Mac OS X burns discs that can also be used on Windows computers and other types of computers. The disc uses an HFS Plus/ISO 9660 hybrid format with these file systems: HFS , ISO-9660 with Rock Ridge, and Joliet with Rock Ridge.

To burn a CD or DVD:

Step 1: Insert a blank disc into the optical drive of your computer. If you see a dialog, you can choose an action from the pop-up menu and select Make this action the default if you want the same thing to happen every time you insert a blank disc. The disc appears on your desktop.

Step 2: Double-click the disc to open it, and drag the files and folders you want on it to its window. The Finder places aliases to the files in the disc’s window. The original files are not moved or deleted.

Step 3: Arrange and rename the files.

Note: When burning the disc, the Finder gives the items on the disc the same names and locations as the aliases in the disc window. After the disc is burned, you cannot change them.

Step 4: Choose File > Burn Disc , and follow the instructions. The files that the aliases point to are burned to the disc. In addition, if any folder you copied contains aliases, the original files for those aliases are burned to the disc as well.

Additional Notes:

  • If the Finder can’t find the original file for an alias, it asks whether to cancel burning or to continue without that item. If you cancel, the disc remains empty.
  • If you eject the disk without burning it, the Finder creates a burn folder with the items you copied to the disc, and places that folder on your desktop.
  • To burn a disc that appears in the sidebar, click the burn icon that appears next to it. You can also hold down the Control key as you click any disc and choose Burn Disc from the shortcut menu.
  • You can also burn discs using applications such as Disk Utility, iTunes, iPhoto, or iDVD.
  • If you frequently burn the same items to a disc, create a burn folder by choosing File > New Burn Folder , and then copy those items to it. To create a disc with those items, just open the burn folder and click Burn .
  • If you want to burn items to a disk in more than one session until the disc is full, use Disk Utility . This is called multisession burning. For more information, open Disk Utility (in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder), choose Help > Disk Utility Help , and search for “multisession.”





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Last Modified:Thursday, February 18, 2010
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