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.
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 the 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.
Click Next then wait while the disc is prepared for use.
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.
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 it is just as effective and works in a pinch.
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.
- How to Rip and Convert a Blu-ray Disc to MKV
- How to Burn and Store Loads of Data on a Blank Blu-ray Disc
- How to Burn Blu-ray Movies to a Blank Disc