How to Put Files on a Blank CD

by Joshua Laud

The original blank CDs, first developed in 1998, were called CD Write-Once, or CWOs. Now the CD-R, or Compact Disc-Recordable, is common for home users. Burning files to a blank disc is often too complicated with big applications that cater for every need, but burning files to a blank disc is simple with freeware. Unlike software disc-burning applications, the freeware choices offer basic disc burning. So if you can back up some files, transfer some large documents, or transport some songs if you need to.

Burn a CD Using Windows XP and Later

1

Insert your blank CD into your disc burning drive.

2

Locate the files you want to burn to your blank CD. Highlight them and copy them by clicking "Edit" and then "Copy," or holding Ctrl and pressing "C" on your keyboard.

3

Double-click "My Computer" and then double-click your disc burning drive.

4

Paste your files you want to burn here. Either click "Edit" and then "Paste," or hold "Ctrl" and press "V" simultaneously.

5

Click "Write to CD" underneath "CD Writing Tasks." Follow onscreen prompts to confirm the burning process.

Burn a CD Using CDBurnerXP (Freeware)

1

Download install and open CDBurnerXP (see Resources for link, and click "Download Now!" to begin downloading the freeware application. Double-click installer after download is complete).

2

Click "Data Disc" once CDBurnerXP has opened, then click "OK."

3

Locate the files you want to burn in the top browser pane. Click "+ Add" to copy them to your blank CD, located in the bottom browser pane. You can also drag the files from the top window to the bottom.

4

Click the "Burn" button, or hold "Ctrl" and press "B" on your keyboard simultaneously, to bring up the burn disc window.

5

Click "Finalize Disc" to close the disc burning session.

Burn a CD Using Free Disc Burner (Freeware)

1

Download, install and open Free Disc Burner (see Resources, click "Download Now").

2

Insert a blank CD.

3

Click "Add Files" and locate the files you want to burn to disc. Click "Add." Repeat until all files are added.

4

Click "Burn" to burn your files to disc.

About the Author

Joshua Laud started writing professionally in 2008. During his three years at University he worked freelance for various music publications including "Clash Magazine" and "total:spec," and online Data Transmission and Music is Art. Laud also specializes in technology writing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of London.

Photo Credits

  • photo_camera Disk in the drive image by Sergey Galushko from Fotolia.com