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How to Transfer Photos From a Laptop to a DVD

Updated July 20, 2017

Transferring photos from your laptop to a DVD can save you a lot of space on your computer's hard drive. By burning a data DVD, you can store up to 4.7 GB of data, or photos, on a single DVD. This makes recordable DVDs a great medium for storing an enormous number of photos. Once the photos have been transferred to a DVD, you can delete the photos from your computer to create more space on your hard drive.

Insert a blank DVD-R into the DVD burner of your computer. Alternatively, insert a blank DVD-R into an external DVD burner connected to your computer.

Select "Burn files to data disc" when prompted about what you want to do with the blank DVD-R.

Name the DVD-R after the photos you will be transferring from your laptop (for instance, "Vacation Pictures"). This will help you identify the DVD at a later time.

Select the "Mastered" format, located under the "Formatting Options" section.

Click "Next," and an empty burn folder will appear.

Drag the photos that you want to transfer to a DVD from your laptop into this burn folder.

Click "Burn to Disc." Wait for the disc to finish burning.

Eject the DVD-R from your computer or the external DVD burner.

Open the "Finder," click "File" and select "New Burn Folder."

Name the burn folder after the photos you will be transferring from your laptop to the DVD (for instance, "Vacation Pictures"). This will help you identify the DVD at a later time.

Drag the photos that you want to transfer to a DVD from your laptop into this burn folder.

Open the burn folder, and click "Burn."

Insert a blank DVD-R into the DVD burner of your computer, or insert a blank DVD-R into an external DVD burner connected to your computer. Follow the prompts to burn the disc.

Wait for the disc to finish burning, then eject the DVD-R from your computer or external DVD burner.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with DVD burner
  • Blank DVD-R
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About the Author

Wesley DeBoy has been a writer since 2004. He has a variety of arts and entertainment articles published on various websites. DeBoy specializes in writing about professional audio, music and computer technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in telecommunications production from Ball State University.