How to burn a zip file to a cd/dvd

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Dobbs2, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. Dobbs2 macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    I have a 20 inch aluminum imac. I am in college and my school is giving me a free download of Microsoft Office 08. The download is a zip file and I would like to make a back up copy incase I ever need to install it again or something happens to my hard drive. Is that possible? My school only gives me one download for this so hence the back up copy.

  2. highertechnology macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2009
    Use a program like toast and just drag it in and burn.
  3. Dobbs2 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    Is it possible with the basic applications or programs on the imac. I've only had this about a week. I don't think I can convince the wife that I need some more money for a $100 program when I just bought this and enrolled in my last year of college.
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Just create a new Burn folder on your desktop, drag and drop the zip file to that folder, then choose Burn and you're done.
  5. Dobbs2 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    Ok will do thank you. In windows I new how to do this. The mac is wonderful its just weird relearning stuff and then finding out how simple it was on the mac.
  6. Dobbs2 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    Ok I made a new burn folder. I went to make a textedit file that had the product key on it to move to the burn folder. Unfortunately it only makes the file an alias and doesn't move it to the burn folder. It won't let me save the text edit directly to the burn folder. I'm sorry if this a dumb mistake I'm making, but I need help.
  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    It's been a while since I've burned to optical media, but I seem to recall that it's only suppose to alias it. If you burn a disc, it simply uses the Burn folder as a reference to the original files. That way, once you burn, you can drag the Burn folder to the trash without losing your files (since they should still be in their original place). Try it with a CD-RW to make sure.
  8. Dobbs2 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    Alright I found away around after playing with osx for awhile last night.

    I made a new folder in my downloads section and dragged the text edit file to that folder (didn't say alias) and made a copy of the zip file to that folder. I then went to the file tab and clicked burn folder to dvd and it seems to have worked.

    Its just weird that it wouldn't let me do those same steps to a "burn folder", but allowed it to a regular folder.

    If i did that wrong well I'm new to osx:D
  9. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Try this (and I mean that, try it, no electrons will be harmed, or DVDs burnt, until the last action);

    Make a new burn folder (finder, file >new burn folder)
    Drag some stuff onto it, it ends up as shortcuts, but no worries.
    Double click on the burn folder so it opens a new finder window entitled 'burn folder name' (eg whatever you called it).
    At the top right hand of that window is a single button marked 'burn'

    I leave you to guess what to do next :)
  10. donuttakedonuts macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2009
    You are correct, unless something is wrong with a drive.

    Also, office will probably need a DVD.
  11. ez4u2sa67 macrumors member


    Feb 20, 2009
    Burn Folder

    The aliases are just a reference to the original file but when you burn the disc it will have the files on the disc that were just an alias in the burn folder. This is so that you can delete/modify the folder and nothing will change with the original files. Use a burn folder next time.

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