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OS X Mavericks: Burn a CD or DVD onto a Blank Disk

One way to burn files to a CD or DVD in OS X Mavericks is to simply insert a blank disc and select the files you want to burn on the fly.

Just follow these steps to burn a CD or DVD:

  1. Insert a blank CD or DVD disc.

    You see an alert that asks you what you want to do with the disc.

  2. Choose Open Finder from the Action pop-up menu.

    Open Finder is the default choice unless you've changed that default in the CDs & DVDs System Preferences pane.

    Your choices in the CDs & DVDs System Preferences pane for the default action when you insert a blank CD or DVD are

    • Open Finder: Mounts the blank disk in the Finder

    • Open iTunes: Opens iTunes automatically when you insert a blank CD

    • Open Disk Utility: Opens the Disk Utility application automatically

    • Open iDVD (for DVDs only, not CDs): Opens iDVD automatically

    • Open Other Application: Lets you choose the application to use when you insert a blank CD or DVD disc

    • Run Script: Runs a specified AppleScript when you insert a blank disc.

    • Ignore: Leaves the disk in your drive but does nothing (that is, none of the above).

    If you want to make any of these actions the default, select the Make This Action the Default check box.

  3. Click OK.

    Your blank DVD mounts (appears as an icon) on the Desktop just like any other removable disc, but its distinctive icon tells you that it's a recordable DVD (or CD).

  4. Drag files or folders onto the disc icon on your Desktop (or in the Sidebar) until the disc contains all the files you want on it.

  5. (Optional) If you like, you can change the disc's name from Untitled DVD (or CD) the same way that you change the name of any file or folder.

  6. When you're ready to finish (burn) your DVD (or CD), open its disc icon and click the Burn button or click the Burn icon

    The Burn icon looks like the warning symbol for radioactivity.

  7. Choose a speed from the Burn Speed pop-up menu, click the Burn button, and you're done.

    CD-RW and DVD-RW discs rarely (if ever) work in devices other than your Mac, including CD (audio) players and DVD (video) players. When you burn a music CD or a video DVD and plan to watch it on a device other than your Mac, you shouldn't burn it on rewritable (RW) media.

    Select the Save Burn Folder To check box if you think that you may want to burn another copy of this disc someday.

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