How to Copy Programs to DVD

By Joshua Benjamin

Using DVDs to make backups of your important programs can be a real sanity-saver.
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It's always a good idea to make backups of your most important programs so that they can be easily recovered in case your computer dies. Thanks to the advent of recordable DVD media, making backups of your important software is easier than ever.

Insert a blank DVD into your DVD-R/RW drive

Open your preferred DVD burning program. If you do not have one, see links to several freeware programs in Resources.

Choose the option that allows you to write files from your hard drive onto a DVD. This option may be worded as "Burn files to a disk," "Write files to DVD," or "Create disk from files," among others.

Click the "Add files" button in your preferred DVD-burning software window and locate the program you wish to copy to a DVD. Click it, then click the "Open" button. Repeat this step as necessary until you have selected all the program files you wish to copy onto a DVD.

Click the "Burn" button. This may also be labeled "Write," "Write disk," or "Burn files to disk." Your preferred DVD burning software will now write the selected programs to the blank DVD.

Repeat Steps 1 through 5 as necessary until you have successfully backed up all the programs you wished to copy.