Record — Nay, Burn — a Data CD on Your MacBook - dummies

Record — Nay, Burn — a Data CD on Your MacBook

By Mark L. Chambers

Mac OS X on your MacBook offers a built-in CD recording feature that allows you to burn the simplest form of CD: a standard data CD-ROM that can hold up to approximately 700MB of files and folders, and can be read on both Macs and PCs running Windows, UNIX, and Linux. (To burn an audio CD, use iTunes.)

To record a data disc, follow these steps:

  1. Load a blank CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, or DVD-RW into your drive.

  2. In the dialog that appears and prompts you for an action to take, choose the default, Open Finder, for this demonstration.

    Mac OS X displays an Untitled CD volume icon on your Desktop. (It’s marked with the letters CDR so that you know that the disc is recordable.)

  3. Double-click the Untitled CD icon to display the contents. (It’ll be empty, naturally.)

  4. Click and drag files and folders to the CD window as you normally do.

  5. Rename any files or folders as necessary.

    Remember, after you’ve started recording, this stuff is etched in stone, so your disc window should look the same as the volume window looks on the finished CD-ROM.

  6. Click File the Burn button next to the disc heading in the Finder window Sidebar, or click the Burn button in the CD window.

    The Big X displays a confirmation dialog.

  7. If you’ve forgotten something, you can click the Cancel or Eject button. Otherwise, click the Burn button and sit back and watch the fun.

Unfortunately, Mac OS X doesn’t support recording from the Finder for some external and third-party drives available for the Macintosh. If you can’t burn from the Finder (or you’re willing to pay for extra features), buy a copy of Roxio Toast Titanium recording software.