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OS X Mountain Lion: Burn a CD or DVD in the Finder

Burn a CD or DVD in the Finder

You can burn files to a CD or DVD and then use that disc as a backup, send it to friends, or copy the files on it to another computer. Discs you burn on your Mac computer can also be used on Windows computers and other types of computers.

To burn a disc, you need an optical drive in your computer or connected directly to your computer. You can’t burn a disc using a remote optical drive.

  1. Insert a blank disc into the optical drive.

    If you see a dialog, choose Open Finder from the pop-up menu. Select “Make this action the default” if you want to open the Finder every time you insert a blank disc.

    The disc appears on your desktop.

  2. Double-click the disc to open its window, and then drag the files and folders you want to burn to the window.

    Aliases to the files are placed in the disc’s window. The original files are not moved or deleted.

  3. Arrange and rename the files.

    When the disc is burned, the items on the disc will have the same names and locations that they have in the disc window. After the disc is burned, you cannot change them.

  4. Choose File > “Burn [disc],” and then follow the instructions.

    The files that the aliases point to are burned to the disc. In addition, if any folder you added to the disc contains aliases, the original files for those aliases are burned to the disc as well.

If OS X 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 disc without burning it, a burn folder with the items you copied to the disc is created and placed on your desktop.

To burn a disc that appears in the sidebar, click the burn icon next to it. You can also hold down the Control key as you click any disc and then choose Burn Disc from the shortcut menu.

The disc you burned uses an HFS Plus/ISO 9660 hybrid format with these file systems: HFS Plus, ISO-9660 with Rock Ridge, and Joliet with Rock Ridge.

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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