How to transfer photos to a DVD

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How to transfer photos to a DVD
DVDs can hold up to 4.7GB of data and are cheap to buy. (a dvd-r disc image by wayne ruston from

DVDs can be a great way to backup files and folders you cannot bear to lose. They are a cheap, expendable media that can be written to and shared easily. Both Windows and Mac computers have a simple process to follow that will help you keep those memories safe and provide an easy way to share files with friends.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Computer running either Windows or Mac OS X
  • DVD writer (Windows)
  • SuperDrive (Mac)

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    Using a Windows Computer

  1. 1

    Insert a blank DVD into your computer’s optical drive and cancel any dialogs that appear.

  2. 2

    Click “Start” and then “Computer”, sometimes labelled “My Computer” on older versions.

  3. 3

    Double click on your DVD drive. Insert a label into the field if asked to do so and choose “Like a USB drive” if Windows prompts you for the type of disk you wish to burn. When the drive opens the contents will be empty.

  4. 4

    Navigate to your pictures in another window. Once you have found them, drag and drop the files you wish to burn into the blank DVD window. Windows Vista and 7 will begin to immediately burn the files once you drag them across.

  5. 5

    Click “Write these files to CD/DVD” if you are using Windows XP, and the Windows CD/DVD writing wizard will begin. Otherwise, eject your CD to finalise the burning process. Label the CD for future reference.

    Using a Mac Computer

  1. 1

    Insert a blank DVD into you computer’s optical drive and cancel any dialogs that appear. The disk should now be visible on your desktop.

  2. 2

    Open the disk by double clicking. Drag and drop your picture files into the disk’s window and arrange and rename them if you wish.

  3. 3

    Click “File” followed by “Burn Disk” to initiate the disk-burning wizard. Eject the DVD once the burn is complete.

Tips and warnings

  • Try not to move your computer while it is burning a DVD, as any jolts can cause errors on the disk being written.

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