How to Burn a Mac CDR Image on a PC

by Marshal M. Rosenthal

Duplicate a homemade CD-R disc as a digital image file using a Macintosh-based CD copy program. The digital image file can then be burned onto a blank recordable CD-R disc to make a perfect copy of the original. Use a free CD-burning program that runs on a PC to burn the digital image file, even though the digital image file was made using a Macintosh.

Insert the connector of the USB flash drive into the USB port on the Mac. Wait for the icon of the USB flash drive to appear on the desktop. Double-click on the icon of the USB flash drive to open its window. Drag the digital image file that was made on the Mac into the USB flash drive's window. Wait as a copy progress bar appears, fills in from left to right and then disappears. Drag the icon of the USB flash drive to the Trash. Remove the USB flash drive from the USB port of the Mac.

Insert the connector of the USB flash drive into a USB port on the PC. Wait for the icon of the USB flash drive to appear on the desktop. Double-click on the icon of the USB flash drive to open its window. Drag the digital image file that was made on the Mac out of the window and onto the desktop. Wait as a copy progress bar appears, fills in from right to left and then disappears. Right-click on the icon of the USB flash drive. Select "Eject" from the pop-up window. Remove the USB flash drive from the USB port of the PC.

Download a free CD-burning program to the desktop of the computer (see the links in Resources). Double-click on the file once it's downloaded to launch the installation. Follow the menu commands to complete the installation. Restart the PC after the installation is done.

Eject the disc tray of the DVD drive. Place the blank recordable CD-R disc on the disc tray. Close the disc tray. Launch the CD copy program by selecting the program's icon from the "Start," "All Applications" pop-up menu.

Select the DVD drive from the "Devices" drop down menu on the CD copy program's main screen. Select "ISO" from the "Format type" drop down menu on the CD copy program's main screen. Drag the digital image file from the desktop onto the icon of the CD copy program--the icon is in the toolbar at the bottom-right of the screen.

Click the "Burn" or "Burn now" button on the CD copy program's main screen. Wait as a progress bar at the bottom of the screen appears, fills in from left to right and then disappears. Quit the CD copy program once the progress bar has completely filled in.

Right-click on the icon of the CD-R disc that is on the desktop. Select "Eject" from the pop-up menu. Eject the disc tray of the DVD drive. Remove the CD-R disc and close the disc tray.

Tip

  • You can network the Mac and PC to transfer the digital image file if you don't want to physically transfer the file.

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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."

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