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How to Burn a Data DVD in Mac OS X

Posted In Multimedia, OS X - By Techtiplib on Saturday, December 15th, 2012 With No Comments »

With the Mac OS X Finder version 10.1.2 or later, you will find it easy to burn a data DVD. Sometimes people will opt to put their data onto a DVD disc because DVD discs have a lot more space on them. A CD disc has only half the amount of space a DVD has on it (at best).

The first step is to put your blank disc into the machine.

First you need to insert a write-able DVD (DVD-R) into your disc drive and let it load up. In the menu dialog box that pops up, you are able to add a name for the DVD disc. You are then able to choose the type of format you want your disc to be. You will then see an icon appear on your desktop. This is your DVD icon.

The second step it to select what you want to add to your DVD.

Now you need to drag the files you want to copy onto the DVD into the icon on your desktop. Your computer will then start to load the articles into the buffer, which may take a few seconds to a few minutes. The space available on your disc will not show up until it has finished loading the data into the buffer.

Time to burn your DVD data disc.

Once you have decided upon all of the items to put on the disc, and you have filled it up as much as possible, you need to go to the file menu and choose “burn disc.”

What do I need to burn a video DVD on a Mac OS X.

If you wish to burn DVDs on your Mac OS X machine then you need a drive that is DVD-R capable. You will also need some sort of DVD-R media. You will also need a DVD-video or iDVD video authoring application.

What do I need to burn a data DVD on a Mac OS X.

You will need a DVD-R capable disc drive and some form of DVD-R media software installed. You will also need Mac OS X version 10.1.2, or later.

Things to remember

One you have added and burnt your files onto the DVD-R disc, you will not be able to make any changes to the disc. If you decide to burn, a 4.7 GB DVD-R disc then it will take twice as long as a 650 MB CD-R if you burned it at the 8x speed.

Do not forget that older DVD-RAM drives cannot read 4.7 GB DVD-R discs.

Do not forget that any software used for writing any data to DVD-R discs in Mac OS 9 isn’t provided by the Apple Company. It is going to have to be done via a third-party software. You will have to search your Macintosh Product Guide in order to see your all of your options.

Further Mac OS X tips

If you do not want to be interrupted whilst using the burner, you can pause all of your notifications. You can temporarily stop any notifications appearing by holding down the alt key and clicking on the icon for the notification centre. It will turn grey if the notification centre has been deactivated. If you are viewing your notifications you will notice that if you scroll up you can click the “do not disturb” setting. This will allow you to turn off you notifications for the rest of the day.

You can also add keyboard shortcuts if you wish. If you do not have the multi-touch track pad then you can go to system preferences and within the keyboard section you will see the “keyboard shortcuts” tab. If you look for the “show notification centre”, you will find a shortcut under the “Mission Control” option. You can enable the shortcut by putting a tick into the check box. You are then able to press whichever shortcut you intend to use.

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