SuperDrive: Mac OS X - How to burn data DVD-R disc

Learn how to use the SuperDrive and Mac OS X to create a DVD-R data disc which could be used to backup or transport files.

This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.

In the Mac OS X Finder (10.1.2 or later)

  1. Insert a blank DVD-R disc in the drive.
  2. In the dialog box that appears, enter a name for the disc and choose the format you want to create. An icon for the DVD appears on the desktop.
  3. Drag files and folders to the icon. The space available will not completely update until all items have been copied.
  4. From the File menu, choose Burn Disc.

Requirements to burn video DVDs:

  • DVD-R capable drive
  • DVD-R media
  • iDVD or DVD-video authoring application

Requirements to burn data DVDs:

  • DVD-R capable drive
  • DVD-R media
  • Mac OS X 10.1.2 or later


  1. Once the DVD-R has been burned, you cannot make changes to the disc.
  2. A 4.7 GB DVD-R burned at 2x will take longer than a 650 MB CD-R burned at 8x.
  3. Older DVD-RAM drives are not able to read 4.7 GB DVD-R discs.
  4. Software for writing data to a DVD-R disc in Mac OS 9 is not provided by Apple, but third-party software is available. Search the Macintosh Product Guide for options.
Published Date: