OS X Mavericks: Burn a CD or DVD in the Finder

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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 a built-in optical drive or one 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, 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 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], 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 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. Or hold down the Control key as you click any disc, then choose Burn Disc from the shortcut menu.

Published Date: Nov 11, 2015
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