Mac OS X 10.6: Finding what CDs and DVDs you can burn

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Finding what CDs and DVDs you can burn

If you have an optical drive, you may be able to “burn,” or record, your favorite music, applications, documents, digital photos and video, and other digital files to recordable CD and DVD discs. You can create your own music CDs and play them on a standard audio player, or create DVDs with movies and slideshows and play them on a DVD player.

To find out whether your computer can burn CDs and DVDs and what types it can burn, use System Profiler.

To see what CDs and DVDs you can burn:

  1. Open System Profiler, in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder.

  2. Select Disc Burning in the Hardware list.

  3. If more than one optical drive is connected to your computer, select the one you want to use from the list of drives.

  4. Look at the entries for “CD-Write” and “DVD-Write.”

    If an entry says “No,” you cannot burn that kind of disc. Otherwise, the entry lists which types of CDs or DVDs your computer can burn.

    To see the supported burning speed, insert a blank disc into the drive, and then choose View > Refresh.

Published Date: Aug 6, 2013