How to Burn a Data DVD . . Not music or video

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lugesm, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. lugesm macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007
    New to the Mac. I have a new 24" iMac, 2.4Ghz with SuperDrive.

    I would like to be able to insert a blank DVD, have an icon appear on the desktop, drag data files to be backed up to the icon, burn the DVD. This is probably too easy.

    I can't find any way to burn a DVD. Every attempt leads down an avenue to a mp3 DVD or a video DVD.

    I'm sure I am doing something dumb, but I really need help. Maybe the Mac does not have the ability do to what I want; maybe I have to buy a 3rd party application.

    Please help.
    Thanks. L
  2. GavinTing macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2007
  3. darkcurse macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2005
    1. Insert blank DVD
    2. Dialog box will pop up asking you what you want to do
    3. Icon will appear on desktop
    4. Drag and drop files you wanna burn into that folder
    5. Select burn and wait for it to finish
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
  5. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    If Apple did the things right and used Super Multi Drives, instead of Superdrives, one could just pop in a DVD-RAM and just drag the files to it.
  6. lugesm thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007

    I have 15 years experience with Windows and one week with Tiger OS.

    Every time I inserted a blank DVD the only thing that happened was: iDVD would open and I would only see a window with four choices, all of them relating to video or music.

    After reading your comments, I knew that something more basic had to be wrong. Found the "CDs & DVDs" icon in "System Preferences." It was set to open iDVD when a blank DVD disk is inserted. THAT WAS THE PROBLEM. Changed that and everything works just like you describe above.

    I knew it was a dumb mistake on my part before I posted, but could not find the problem. Wish I could say that's the last dumb mistake I'll make with Tiger OS, but I know better.

    Thank you for your comments . . . and your patience.

    This Forum has been of TREMENDOUS help to this Mac novice.:eek:

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