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October 9, 2006

Burning Data CDs in the Computer Labs - For Macintosh and Windows

NOTE: This instruction is only for burning data CDs, e.g. documents. If you want to burn ISOs or create audio CDs, please use iTunes for Macintosh or Roxio Easy CD Creator software for Windows.


Writing to CD — Macintosh


All Macs in the OIT computer lab have CD recorders in them, to enable you to save your work to a CD(sometimes referred to as ‘burning’ a CD). This is often useful for transferring files between the
university and home, or for archiving your work.

To prepare files for burning:
  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD drive.
  2. In the Action box select Open Finder, enter a name for your CD e.g. ‘My CD’ in the Name box, Click OK.

  3. An icon for your CD appears on the desktop. Drag files and folders to the CD icon.

Hint: Before burning your CD, you can double-click the CD icon to view and revise the items that will be burned. If you delete anything,
remember to empty The Trash.

To burn your CD:


  1. In the Finder, click the CD icon, then click File then Burn Disc. You can also drag the CD icon to the Trash (it turns into a Burn CD icon).

  2. Select the Burn Speed and click Burn. Wait a few moments while the CD is burned.

You can also use applications which support disc burning, such as iTunes and iPhoto. For more help with making CDs, click Help then Mac Help in the Finder, in the Search box type burning a CD. Click Search.

Writing to CD — Windows


All PCs in the computer labs have CD recorders in them, which enables you to save your work to a CD (sometimes referred to as "burning" a CD). This is often useful for transferring files between
the university and home, or for archiving your work.

To prepare files for burning:


  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD drive.
  2. When the dialogue box appears, click Take no action, then click
    OK.

  3. To add items to your CD, right-click on a file or folder, and choose Send To then CD Drive.

Hint: Before burning your CD, you can click Start then My Computer, then open the CD icon to view and revise the items that will be burned.

To burn your CD:

  1. Click Start then My Computer.
  2. Right-click the CD icon and choose Write these files to CD.

  3. When the CD Writing Wizard opens.
    Give the CD a name, click Next. Wait a
    few moments while the CD is burned.

For more help with making CDs, click Start> Help and Support, then type in in the search box making a CD. Click the green arrow to begin your search.

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