How Do You Burn a CD on Your Computer?


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A computer needs an optical drive to burn a CD or a DVD. As remote optical drives cannot burn a disc, connect the optical drive directly to the computer.

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How Do You Burn a CD on Your Computer?
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Windows burns discs in one of two formats: the Live File System format or the Mastered format. To burn a CD or DVD using the default Live File System format, enter a writeable disc into the optical drive and then click Burn Files to Data Disc in the dialog box that appears. In the Burn a Disc dialog box, enter a name for the disc, click Next and then drag the files you want to burn into the empty disc folder.

On a Mac, first insert the blank CD into the optical drive; if a dialog box appears, choose Open Finder from the pop-up menu. The disc appears on the desktop. Double-click the disc and then drag the files or folders you want to burn into the window that appears. As the files and folders are in the burning window, you may arrange and rename them as you please; you cannot rename the files after burning the disc. Next, go to File, click on Burn [Disc] and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

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