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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cbbob, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. cbbob macrumors member

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    #1
    I just got my new Mac yesterday at the Apple store in Manhattan Beach, CA. After years of windows this is a lot different. I have a question.....I put a cd-rw in the cd drive. Now, in windows all I had to do was format it. I want to format this but
    1. it doesn't show up on the screen
    2. I can't find the format button

    When I used windows it was easy not its not so far. The reason I want to format it is because I'm using it to put some files on it, and may rewrite the files
     
  2. KompleX macrumors regular

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    #2
    to get blank cds to show up on the desktop by default go to

    system preferences/ cds and dvds

    and where it says "when you insert a blank cd" choose "open in finder".
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Generally I've found that CDs and DVDs don't need to be formatted to be written to. What program are you using to burn data?
     
  4. cbbob thread starter macrumors member

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    #4
    I'm using a free burn program that someone told me about on the web. It's called Burn
     
  5. alec macrumors regular

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    If you have a few $ to spare or tend to burn a lot of cds, I find Toast to be worth the money.
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    #6
    Just right-click on the desktop and create a burn folder.
     
  7. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a

    RandomKamikaze

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    If you want to format the CD then simply go to Disk Utility, select the CD and then select ERASE

    I find BURN sufficent for my purposes
     
  8. Matek macrumors 6502a

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    He's talking about a rewritable disc. Those need to be formatted when you want to rewrite them.

    Anyway, Chris L. already told you you can do it with the Disk Utility, but if you're already using Burn, there's an even easier solution - simply open Burn and click "Recorder -> Erase" in the menu bar (the bar on top of your screen).
     
  9. hawkeye9935 macrumors newbie

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    #9
    I will second the Toast option. Toast 8 Titanium is marvelous and especially good with burning data spanning several discs!
     

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