How to Burn a CD-RW

By Kate Evelyn

A CD-RW, also known as a rewritable CD, can hold most any file type, including documents, images and videos. To transfer these files from the computer to the disc, you have to burn them onto it. If you are using Windows XP, it is really quite simple to burn a CD-RW. It does not require any extra software since it is included in the operating system. These steps will also work for CD-R discs.

Step 1

Boot your computer. After Windows starts, insert your CD-RW into your CD-ROM drive. Click on the "Start" button at the bottom of the screen. Then select "My Computer." Choose your CD drive from the list.

Step 2

Click on the "Start" button again and open a second "My Computer" window. This time click on the drive where the files you want to burn are saved. Click on each item you want to move to the CD, and drag-and-drop it into your first window. The files copy to the CD drive window automatically. They are not on the CD yet, though.

Step 3

Finish dragging and dropping all of your files. Then right-click on the CD drive icon and choose "Write These Files to CD" from the pop-up window. The burning process will take several minutes, so be patient. When the burn is done, the disc will eject automatically.

Remove your CD-RW from your disc drive and label it with a permanent marker. You are now ready to use the disc in other computers or play it in a music device that supports CD-RW.

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