Burning Data and Audio Discs
In Windows XP you can burn files of any type to a CD-R or CD-RW as long as you have the appropriate drive, and as long as no single file is larger than the disc you are trying to burn it to. Note that you cannot burn a blank DVD; 3rd party burning software will be required. There are a couple of ways in which files can be written to a disc in Windows XP. I will show one of the quickest methods of moving files to the staging area where they will be waiting to be burned. The second method will be explained following step 1.
- Method 1: Select the files or folders that you want to add to the staging area to be burned. As you can see below I have select multiple files by holding down CTRL while I selected each file. Once you have selected the file(s)
Right-click on one of the files, then click on Send To, once the side menu open, then click on CD/DVD Burner you want to send the files to. The files should now be in the staging area.
Method 2: You can also use the drag-and-drop method once you have selected the files(s) by moving files to the CD/DVD Burner icon located in My Computer or the Explore view.
- Once you have added all the files you want to burn to the staging area, insert a blank CD if you have not already, then open My Computer and double-click on your CD/DVD Burner. Once this has opened you should see the files that are waiting to be burned. If there are any files that you do not want burned on to the disc simply select the file and delete it. When you have the files in the list that you want to burn, in the left hand column towards the top click on Write these files to CD.
- After you have clicked on the Write these files to CD, you will then see the CD Writing Wizard open up. Here it will ask you the CD name and will default to the current date; you can rename the CD to anything you want with a 15 character limit. Once you have titled the CD click Next and then your CD will start to burn.
- When you CD is finished burning your disc should eject from the drive. The CD Writing Wizard should now be at the Completing screen. Here you can click on Finish if you are done with the files. If you want to burn a second copy put a check mark in Yes, write these files to another CD and then click Next. After you have burned all the copies your CDs are now ready to go.
In Windows 7 you can burn files of any type to a blank CD or DVD disc as long as you have the appropriate drive and a single file is no larger than the disc you are trying to burn it to.
- Insert a blank disc into the DVD drive; after you have inserted the disc the AutoPlay menu will open up. Here you can select Burn files to disc, or you can close the window if you already have the location open that you want to copy files from. If you select Burn files to disc on the left hand side you will need to navigate to the file location.
- Once you are at the file location, you can select the file(s) or folder(s) you want to burn. To select more than one file or folder at a time hold down the CRTL button while selecting. Once you have your selection highlighted you can either click Burn at the top or, if you have more files to select you can drag them over to the CD/DVD drive in the navigation pane on the left hand side, or you can simple right click over one of the selected files, click on Send to and then click CD/DVD Drive in the list.
- After you have dropped the files to the CD/DVD drive, a window will open up asking you how you want to use this disc; for the normal permanent burn select With a CD/DVD Playerand then after the selection click Next.
- After you have decided how to use the disc the file staging window will open. Here you can either decide to select more files to add, delete files from the list, or in the upper left if you are ready to burn your disc click on Burn to disc.
- After you have clicked on Burn to disc a window will open asking you to title your disc and select the speed at which you want to burn your CD; after your selection click Next
- After your disc is finished burning you have the option to burn another copy or click Finish.
In Mac OS X you can burn files of any type to of CD or DVD disc long as you have the appropriate drive and no single file is no larger than the disc you are trying to burn it to.
- Insert a blank disc into the drive. Once the computer reads the disc a menu will pop up asking you to select an action. For burning data we will select Open Finder and then click OK.
If this menu does not come up then another action has been selected by default. Check the desktop for the Untitled CD or DVD. If it is not there, then click on the Apple at the top left, then click on System Preferences. From here click on the CDs and DVDs icon. When this opens you will see an option for When you insert a blank CD or When you insert a blank DVD; here you will want to change it to Ask what to do or select Open Finder. Note: Anything you change here will now make this the default setting.
- Once you have clicked OK, you should then see the Untitled CD or DVD on the desktop and in the Finder window. You can then begin selecting the files you want to burn on the CD or DVD. If you want to select multiple files you can do so by holding down the Apple button and then clicking on the files you want. After you have selected the file(s) you can then click-and-drag the files to the Untitled CD or DVD icon on the desktop or from the Finder window.
- After you have dropped the files to the Untitled CD or DVD, you can then double click on the Untitled CD or DVD. Once the window opens you will see the files that you have dropped onto the disc. From here if there are any files that you do not want you can simply delete them. Once you have everything final towards the top right of the window click Burn.
- After you click on burn a window will open asking the final steps to burn the CD/DVD. Here you will be able to title your disc, select the burn speed, and also have the option to save the burn folder for a later burn. Once you have selected your options you can then click on Burn. After the burn completes the windows will close and you will see your disc icon on the desktop with the title that you gave it, and you may now eject the disc from your computer.
Click the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player. Once Window Media Player opens click the Burn tab across the top, click the arrow below the Burn tab, and then click the type of CD you want to burn (audio or data). Then insert a blank CD-R into the CD burner. If the customer decides to use a CD-RW they will have to erase the disc first if it is not blank.