How to Burn a Boot Disk Using Mac Toast

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How to Burn a Boot Disk Using Mac Toast
A CD boot disc will work in a DVD drive. (cd"s image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com)

The Toast DVD program provides a multitude of options for burning CDs on a Mac. You can make a CD boot disc using Toast that will start automatically when inserted into a Mac. You do not need experience in burning CDs or an understanding of how a boot disc works. Your CD boot disc will only take a few minutes to make, provided you have a blank CD to burn, along with a legal copy of the Mac's operating system on a CD.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Mac OS CD
  • DVD drive
  • Blank burnable CD

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Double-click on the Toast icon to launch the program. Click on the "Other" icon at the top of the Toast program's main screen.

  2. 2

    Select "Create Temporary Partition" from the "Utilities" drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Name the boot CD that is to be made in the "Name" column of the window that appears.

  4. 4

    Press the "OK" button to close the window and create an icon of the boot CD on the desktop.

  5. 5

    Press the "Eject" key to open the disc tray of the DVD drive. Place a Mac OS CD onto the disc tray. Press the "Eject" key to close the disc tray.

  6. 6

    Double-click on the icon of the Mac OS CD when it appears on the desktop. Drag the "System Folder" from inside of the window that appears onto the icon of the boot CD created by the Toast program.

  7. 7

    Click and hold down the "Other" icon at the top of the Toast program's main screen. Select "Mac Volume" from the drop-down menu.

  8. 8

    Click on the "Select" icon at the top of the Toast program's main screen. Highlight the name you entered for the boot CD that is to be made from the list in the window that appears.

  9. 9

    Click on the checkbox next to the "Bootable" tab. Click on the checkbox next to the"Optimize on-the-fly" tab. Click the "OK" button to close the window.

  10. 10

    Press the "Eject" key to open the disc tray of the DVD drive. Remove the Mac OS CD from the disc tray. Place a blank recordable CD onto the disc tray. Press the "Eject" key to close the disc tray.

  11. 11

    Wait for the "Record" window to appear on the screen. Select "10X" from the "Speed" drop-down menu. Click on the checkbox next to the "Buffer Underrun Prevention" tab.

  12. 12

    Click the "Write Disc" button at the bottom of the screen. Quit the Toast program once the CD has been burnt. Press the "Eject" key to eject the disc tray of the DVD drive. Remove the bootable CD from the disc tray.

Tips and warnings

  • Use high-quality burnable CDs, as their materials are less likely to develop errors over time.
  • A system folder on a DVD will be too large to burn to a CD.

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