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Windows 10 Beginner: How to Burn Files to CD or DVD

The death of the optical drive has been greatly exaggerated over the years. A lot of budget PCs still have them. The same goes for mid-range, and even high-end models as well. Just the other day, I was in a bind, a brand new 8 GB thumb drive suddenly stopped working. I had a few large video files that I needed to transfer between computers. With no other medium at my disposal, I came across an unused CD-R included with my Plextor CD-Writer from 2001. I was in a pinch and optical media saved the day.

Note: Experienced Windows users should know how to burn files to a disc. But if you’re new to computing this article is for you. Maybe you haven’t burned files to a CD/DVD before, or haven’t done so for such a long time a refresher is needed. Whatever the case, here’s a look at how to burn data to an optical disc in Windows 10.

Burn and Edit Files on a CD-R using Windows 10

Insert a blank DVD-R or CD-R disc into your optical drive. A burn disc wizard will appear on screen; give the disc a title, then choose the option Like a USB flash drive. This option is the best choice since it will have better compatibility with older versions of Windows.
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Click Next then wait while the disc is prepared for use.

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Browse to any files you would like to add to the disc, then click Start > File Explorer > This PC and open the drive containing your DVD-R or CD-R. Then drag and drop any files you want to write to the disc.

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When complete, click the Manage tab and then Eject. Now you can manipulate and edit your files like you would on a standard USB thumb drive. I do admit, it is a bit slow when writing, but is just as effective and works in a pinch.

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Indeed a useful trip down memory lane, which can still be handy if you need it.

Also, if you have a Blu-ray drive on your PC, you might be interested in checking out some of our other articles listed below.

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