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Putting Data on a CD-ROM

Windows has a method for burning CDs, but it's not quite as simple as saving a file.

Generally, you cannot put a file onto a CD merely by using "Save As." CD burning is generally run by the operating system, and the file has to be saved and then burned. This applies to data files, not music or movies. Your music software handles the CD burning.

To burn a CD in Windows XP

  • Save the file you want to burn in "My Documents" (or elsewhere -- we'll stick with "My Documents" for this example).
  • Open the "My Documents" folder and find your file.
  • Put a blank CD-ROM in the drive.
  • You may be prompted about what you want to do. Just open the file for writing.
  • If you're not prompted, go to "My Computer" and click on the CD-ROM drive (usually D:) to open in.
  • Drag the file from "My Documents" to the CD-ROM (usually D:) window.
  • After a moment, the file will display. You are not done.
  • In the upper left of the CD-ROM window, click on the option "Write these files to CD."

Write files to CD

  • The CD writing wizard will start.  Enter a name for the CD (or leave the default) and click next.
  • The file will be written to the CD.  When done, it will eject.

To Burn a CD in Windows Vista and Windows 7

  • Save the file in "Documents."
  • Open the folder and find your file.
  • Put the CD-ROM in the drive.
  • You will be prompted to format the CD-ROM and give it a name.  Do so (you can use the default).
  • The CD-ROM window will display.
  • Drag the file from "Documents" to the CD-ROM window.
  • The file will be copied.
  • At the lower left of the CD-ROM window, click on eject (this makes sure the CD is formatted properly).