Make a CD


Make a CD
Mac Tip #87/05-Feb-2003

This tip is more for the “Tenners”. I’ll be continuing to write tips for the “Niners”, but the percentage of “Ten” tips will be gradually and inevitably increasing.

Mac OS X is what’s installed on all new Macs and it seems like every week the Mac with Mac OS X on it just gets to be more fun, more useful, more amazing, while OS 9 will not be developed any further.

If you’re still a “Niner” do read (and save) the “Tenner” tips — it’s a relatively painless way to start absorbing information which will be useful to you when your time comes.

If you’ve had the wisdom to buy a Mac capable of creating CDs (eg for backups or for sharing information with others) then you might wonder how to actually make a CD happen. It’s unbelievably easy!

Buy a blank CD (they’re available all over the place) and put it into your CD drive.

You should see a message about naming the CD. Give it a sensible name, such as “Backup 1 Feb 2003″ and choose Open Finder as the Action from the pop-up box.

Now just drag onto the CD’s window all the stuff you want to back up. Your CD will hold about 650 Megabytes of files. Your Mac will copy everything into the CD’s window.

When all the files have been copied across drag your CD to the Trash. Note how the Trash can icon changes to a black and yellow design and the name changes from Trash to Burn.

Your Mac will ask: “Do you want to burn the disk…. Select a speed from the pop-up. Use maximum unless you’ve had one or more failures before. Click the Burn button.

Now your Mac should go ahead and write the information to the CD. You’ll see a progress bar showing you how the “burning” is going and then after a while another progress bar while your Mac verifies that the information was transferred correctly.

Depending on how much information you were backing up the CD will be “done” fairly soon. On my machine it took about 10 minutes to copy across approximately 600Mb of files and then about 10 minutes each for burning and verifying. All up that was about half an hour.

Now open a few files just to check that it’s working well. You’d hate to back up everything and find out when you needed it that there was a problem.

Extra tip: I usually quit all my applications before I make a backup CD. It can help prevent annoying glitches.

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