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Apple Mac OS X: Back up your data to DVD-ROMs

By Craig Anderton | January 1, 2009


1. Insert a blank, recordable DVD-ROM into your Mac’s optical drive. A dialog box appears; select Open Finder, then click on OK.

2. A disc icon will appear on your desktop. When the icon appears, double-click on it.

3. Drag the files you want to burn into the empty DVD-ROM window. This creates an alias of the files.

4. You can edit the alias names in the DVDROM window without altering the original files, and the DVD-ROM will be burned with the edited names.

5. Select Burn disc from the drop-down menu, or click on the Burn button.

6. Name the disc, and specify the burn speed. Then, click on Burn.

7. A progress bar shows the status of the burning process. When it’s finished, the DVD-ROM is done.


-In Step 1, click “Make this action the default” if you want a blank DVD-ROM to always Open Finder when inserted.
-In Step 6, you can save the contents in a “Burn Folder.” This holds aliases for a particular collection of files to be burned (such as all the cuts in a compilation).

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