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How to Create a Burn Folder in Mac OS X Lion

A burn folder lets you burn selected files to a CD or DVD in Mac OS X Lion many times. Perhaps the most useful thing you can do with a burn folder in OS X Lion is to create one that contains your most important files and then regularly burn the current versions of those files to a CD or DVD as a backup.

Whenever you drag an item to a burn folder, the Finder creates an alias of that item in the burn folder. So when you burn a disc using a burn folder, the parent (original) files are burned to the disc, not the aliases.

Here’s how to create and use a burn folder:

  1. Choose File→New Burn Folder.

    A folder titled Burn Folder appears on the Desktop.

  2. Name the burn folder.

  3. Drag some icons into the burn folder.

  4. When you’re ready to burn the folder’s contents to a disc, double-click it, and click Burn.

  5. Insert a disc, and follow the on-screen instructions.

If the Finder can’t find the parent file for an alias, it asks whether you want to cancel the burn or to continue without that item. If you cancel, the disc remains empty.

Here are a couple of other ways to burn the contents of a burn folder:

  • If a burn folder is in the Sidebar of a Finder window, you can burn its contents to a disc quickly by clicking the burn icon to its right.

  • Right-click or Control-click the burn folder and then choose Burn Disc Name from the contextual menu.

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