How To Burn A CD

How to Burn Music to a CD/DVD in Windows Media Player

If you know how to burn music to a CD/DVD in Windows Media Player, you can create mix CDs of your favorite music. Burning music to CDs or DVDs is also a great way to create a backup of all the music that you’ve accumulated in case your hard drive crashes. Without this kind of backup, all your music could be lost.

  1. Insert a blank CD or DVD suitable for storing audio files in your computer CD/DVD-RW drive. Note that DVDs come in different types, including DVD+, DVD- and DVD+/-. You must be sure your DVD drive is compatible with the disc type you’re using or you can’t burn the DVD successfully. Check the packaging for the format before you buy it!
  2. Open Windows Media Player and click the Burn button.
  3. Click through albums and playlists and drag the songs you want to add to the CD/DVD to the Burn pane. Continue dragging songs to the Burn pane until you have the mix you want.
  4. Click Start Burn.image0.jpgThe Status column for the first song title reads Writing to Disc and changes to Complete when the track is copied.

When the burn is complete, your disc is ejected (although you can change this option by choosing Burn→Eject Disc After Burning to deselect it).

How to burn a CD

A decade ago, storing information or your favorite songs on a CD was the go-to, but with modern technology, most people don’t bother with burning CDs anymore. If you still have an old CD player or you’re just looking to relive the past, there’s no reason why you can’t burn a CD.

Whether you’re burning CDs for the first time or need a little refresher, you need a computer that reads CDs, the files you want to burn, and a blank CD.

Before you begin: Gather your tools and materials

To burn a CD, you’ll need two things. First, you’ll need a CD or DVD recorder drive (aka, a burner). If you don’t have one and you’re using a desktop with an open external drive bay, it’s easy enough to purchased and install one. You can also use an external USB drive, which is handy for a notebook that doesn’t have a CD or DVD drive. You’ll spend about $20 for an internal CD/DVD combo drive or an external CD/DVD combo drive ($25).

Method 1: Burn a data CD

Step 1: Burning a data CD is simple enough. Just place a blank CD-R into your burner and close the tray. Open File Explorer and then check out the status of your CD burner — you should see an indication that a CD-R is inserted and how much space is free.

Step 2: Decide which data files you can burn to the CD. It’s easiest to create a working folder and then open a second File Explorer window for selecting your data files. Hit Control-A on your keyboard to select all of the files, then right-click. From the context menu, select Send to and then select your CD burner from the list of options.

Step 3: A dialogue will open asking how you want to use the disc. You have two options for how you burn your CD. You can also enter a disc title via this dialog.

Step 4: First, you can select Like a USB flash drive, then Windows 10 will not “close” the disc. This means that in Windows XP or later, you can add more files to the same CD-R, edit files, or delete files. The downside is that the CD will not work on any other kind of PC, such as macOS or a Linux-powered system. Once you’re finished with the CD and want to make sure it can work with any system, then you can go to File Explorer, right-click on your CD burner, and select Close session. Note that once you close the CD, you will no longer be able to make any changes to it.

Step 5: Second, you can select With a CD/DVD player. Choosing this option will copy your files to the CD and then close the session, making the data available on any PC.

Write files to a CD or DVD

You can put files onto a blank disc by using CD/DVD Creator. The option to create a CD or DVD will appear in the file manager as soon as you place the CD into your CD/DVD writer. The file manager lets you transfer files to other computers or perform backups by putting files onto a blank disc. To write files to a CD or DVD:

  1. Place an empty disc into your CD/DVD writable drive.
  2. In the Blank CD/DVD-R Disc notification that pops up at the bottom of the screen, select Open with CD/DVD Creator. The CD/DVD Creator folder window will open. (You can also click on Blank CD/DVD-R Disc under Devices in the file manager sidebar.)
  3. In the Disc Name field, type a name for the disc.
  4. Drag or copy the desired files into the window.
  5. Click Write to Disc.
  6. Under Select a disc to write to, choose the blank disc. (You could choose Image file instead. This will put the files in a disc image, which will be saved on your computer. You can then burn that disc image onto a blank disc at a later date.)
  7. Click Properties if you want to adjust burning speed, the location of temporary files, and other options. The default options should be fine.
  8. Click the Burn button to begin recording. If Burn Several Copies is selected, you will be prompted for additional discs.
  9. When the disc burning is complete, it will eject automatically. Choose to Make More Copies or Close to exit.

If the disc wasn’t burned properly

Sometimes the computer doesn’t record the data correctly, and you won’t be able to see the files you put onto the disc when you insert it into a computer.

In this case, try burning the disc again but use a slower burning speed, for example, 12x rather than 48x. Burning at slower speeds is more reliable. You can choose the speed by clicking the Properties button in the CD/DVD Creator window.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How to burn a cd on iTunes?

  1. In the iTunes app on your Mac, create a playlist that contains the songs or files you want to burn to the CD; make sure the items you want to include have a checkmark beside them.
  2. Insert a blank disc.
  3. Select the playlist, then choose File > Burn Playlist to Disc. If Burn Playlist to Disc doesn’t appear in the menu, the playlist you selected can’t be burned to a CD because it contains items with usage restrictions (for example, a song your computer isn’t authorized.
  4. Select a disc format.
  5. If you’re creating an audio CD, choose your options:
  • Change the recording speed: Choose an option from the Preferred Speed pop-up menu.
  • Change the amount of silence between songs: Choose an option from the Gap Between Songs pop-up menu.
  • Have all the songs on the disc play at the same volume: Select Use Sound Check.
  • Include information that disc players in some vehicles can display: Select Include CD-Text.
  1. Click Burn.

2. How to burn a cd on mac?

Burn CDs and DVDs on Mac

If your Mac has a built-in optical drive, or if you connect an external DVD drive (for example, an Apple USB SuperDrive), you can burn files to CDs and DVDs to share your files with friends, move files between computers, or create backup files. Discs you burn on your Mac can also be used on Windows and other types of computers.

  1. Insert a blank disc into your optical drive. If you see a dialog, click the pop-up menu, then choose Open Finder. Select “Make this action the default” if you want to open the Finder every time you insert a blank disc. The disc appears on your desktop.
  2. Double-click the disc to open its window, then drag the files and folders you want to burn to the window Aliases to the files are placed in the disc’s window. The original files are not moved or deleted.

Note: If you want to burn the same files to discs multiple times, use a burn folder
3. Arrange and rename the files. When the disc is burned, the items on the disc have the same names and locations that they have in the disc window. After the disc is burned, you can’t change the items.
4. Choose File > Burn [ disc ], then follow the instructions.The files that the aliases point to are burned to the disc. In addition, if the folders you add to the disc contain aliases, the files those aliases point to are also burned to the disc.

3. How to burn videos to a cd?

Step 1

Prepare the video files that you want to burn onto a CD-R. If they are stored in a separate storage device, transfer them to your computer first. Note that you cannot delete data burned into a CD-R. Make sure that you have the right files before proceeding to the burning process.

Step 2

Navigate to the location of the video files that you want to burn to the CD-R. For example, if they are in your “My Documents” folder, click “Start,” and then “My Documents.”

Step 3

Right-click on the file that you want to copy, and then click “Send To.” Select “CD/DVD-RAM” and wait for the computer to move the file to the location that you chose. Do the same to the other files that you want to copy. When the files are copied, a balloon pop-up saying “You have files waiting to be written to the CD” will appear on your System Tray (located at the lowermost right side of the window).

Step 4

Click on the balloon to open your CD/DVD folder. Alternatively, you can click “Start,” “My Computer,” and then “CD-DVD-ROM.”

Step 5

Navigate to the upper left portion of the CD/DVD window and click “Write these files to CD.” Follow the instructions of the “CD Writing Wizard” to complete the burning process.

4 How to burn pictures to a cd?

  1. Open your Pictures library from the Start menu and select your desired photos. Select the photos and folders you want to copy by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking their icons. Or, to select all the photos within a folder , press Ctrl+A. To select photos with a specific tag, search for the tag first, then select the photos you want from the search results. Need to select photos from multiple folders? Don’t select any photos or folders in this step. Proceed with the rest of the burn process and Windows 7 will open an empty window showing the newly inserted disc’s contents: nothing. Drag and drop the photos you want to burn into that window. When you’re ready, go back to the Pictures Library and click Burn.
  2. Click the Burn button.image0.jpgWindows 7 asks you to insert a blank disc into your drive.
  3. Insert a blank CD or DVD into your writable disc drive.
  4. Decide how you want to use the disc.image1.jpgWindows offers two options when creating the disc:
  • Like a USB flash drive: Choose this option when you intend for other PCs to read the disc. Windows 7 treats the disc much like a folder, letting you copy additional photos to the disc later.
  • With a CD/DVD player: Choose this option to create discs that play on the CD and DVD players attached to TVs. Don’t choose this unless you plan to view the disc on a TV. You can’t add any images to this disc later, so be sure to get them all selected the first time.
  1. Type a name for your disc and click Next.image2.jpgThis can be any descriptive title you want. Windows 7 begins saving all your chosen photos to the disc.
  2. Click the Burn or Burn to Disc button again, if necessary. If you selected With a CD/DVD Player in Step 3, click Burn to Disc to start copying your photos to the disc.


  1. By Nancy C. Muir.