How to save files onto a CD

Although it sounds nothing like it, when you save files onto a CD, it is called “Burning a CD”. Although CDs have mostly been replaced with online storage, they are still a cheap and disposable way of physically sharing files with others, especially if you need to send them in the post.

CDs do not have a very large storage capacity. The standard CD can hold 700mb of data, which is the equivalent to about 700 photos, or several large videos. They are also mostly intended for single use – once you have burned files onto the CD, you cannot replace them with other files like you can with an external pen drive.

Insert a new CD into the CD drive, or tray, of your computer. This is usually located on the side of your laptop or the front of a desktop computer and has a small button you press to release the tray. Once the CD is inserted, it will appear as a folder under the “My Computer” or “This PC” list in Windows explorer.

Double click the CD folder to open it and a “Burn to CD” window will appear. Type a name for your CD and select the “With a CD/DVD player” option. Now click the Next button and copy the files you wish to burn to the CD from wherever they are stored into this CD folder, making sure the files combined do not weigh more than 700mb.

Right click an empty space in the CD folder and select “Burn to disc”. The name of this CD should be already filled in from the previous step. Click the recording speed dropdown list and select the slowest speed available for best results. Click the Next button and the burning process will begin. Once the process has completed, the CD is usually ejected.

If you need to make several copies of this CD, in the last step of the process, select the check box that says “Yes, burn these files to another disc”, insert a new CD and start the process again. You can check your CD by inserting it back into the CD drive and opening it from the “This PC” list in Windows explorer.