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How to write your picture files to a CD

By Edited Oct 27, 2013 1 0

So you have a ton of pictures on your computer, and you want to free up some space. You don't want to delete your pictures-you'd rather save them-after all, they are precious memories of yours! The only option left is to write your picture files to a CD, but you have no idea how to do that! Well, if you're lost on how to write your picture files to a CD, be lost no more! You've come to the right place! With this How-To article, I'll show you step by step how to do this very simple task (trust me, it's easy!). Good luck to you!

Note: These instructions are based on PCs, not Macs. I'm unsure as to whether or not the instructions are the same for Macs, but from my use of them, I don't believe they are. I apologize, Mac users!


Move picture files to D drive.
Write picture files to CD using CD Writing Wizard.

1) Left-click on Start.

2) Left-click on My Pictures.

3) Locate the folders/folder/files/file you're going to use , and MAKE A COPY OF THEM/IT (read under Tips & Warnings for more detailed information on this)! You don't have to do this step, but I strongly suggest that you do. Because you're new to this, it'd be a good idea to have a backup just in case. It's better to have a two of something than losing everything. Please complete this step. Please make sure you have completed this step if you decide to do it. To do this, right-click on the folders/folder/files/file you're going to use, left-click Copy, right-click in an empty gap anywhere in My Pictures, and then left-click Paste. Your computer will start to copy the files, and should show you the progress as well. When it's done, you should see a new folder titled something like "Copy_of_YourOriginalFolderName"/"Copy_of_YourOriginalFileName". For example, if the folder you copied was titled Family, it might look something like "Copy_of_Family", or if you had a file that was for example named Family1, it might look something like "Copy_of_Family1". You can rename these if you want by right-clicking on the folders/folder/files/file, and selecting the option Rename. Name it anything you want, as long as you don't already have something labeled with the same name in your pictures already.

Phew! Sorry for all of the rambling! I just want to make sure I'm clear!

4) Either right-click on the folder you're going to use, or go into the folder, highlight each of the files, and then right-click (either way is fine). You should see many options, one of them being Send To. Left-click on that, and then it will give you some more options. Look for something like D: (your D drive). Once you've located that, send the files there. Don't worry, it only makes a copy of your folders/folder/files/file, and is sending them to your D drive for writing. After you do that, you might see a little bubble come up, letting you know you have files waiting to be written to a CD. That's fine. If you want to add more items, go ahead and do so now.

5) Next, left-click the arrow on the address bar of My Pictures (if you not see the address bar, left-click View >> left-click Toolbars >> left-click Address Bar). Clicking the arrow on the address bar will give you a drop-down menu. Look for your D drive (D:), and left-click on that once you've located it.

6) Now you should see the picture files that you sent to your D drive earlier (double check the address bar-make sure it says D:/, that way you'll know whether or not you're in the right place). Now you are ready for the fun part-writing your files to a CD!

7) Insert the CD you want to use.

8) In the sidebar, you should see something like Write these files to CD. Left-click on that, and then follow the instructions from the CD Writing Wizard. It'll let you name your CD, etc. When it's finished, click Finish on the CD Writing Wizard, and then there you go! It may eject your CD when it's finished.

9) To double check that everything came out okay, re-insert your newly created CD back into your CD/DVD tray, right-click Start, and left-click Explore. Go to the sidebar, and look for your D drive. That is where your CD is. When you've found your D drive, you should see all of your folders/files. Go through them if you like, to make sure everything came out well-especially if you're planning to delete the pictures from your computer.

Things You Will Need

• Your computer (obviously, haha).
• Picture files you want to save (read under Tips & Warnings for my advice on this).
• A blank CD (once again, read under Tips & Warnings for my advice on this).
• A CD writer in your computer. Some computers have them, some do not. Check the outside of your CD/DVD tray-if it says something like Rewritable, RW, DVD, etc., you should be good.

See? That wasn't so hard now, was it? I hope I was clear, and made everything easy for you to understand. Now that you're equipped with the knowledge on how to write your picture files to a CD, what are you waiting for!? Go save your pictures, and free up all that space!

Tips & Warnings

WARNING: MAKE SURE YOU'VE MADE A COPY of the original folder/files/file BEFORE you do anything else if you're not experienced. Because you might be unsure on how to copy your picture files to a CD, it's best just to play it safe, and copy everything beforehand. You can delete the copied folder/files/file later if everything turned out okay, and you don't need it anymore-at least you had the backup there, so you didn't lose everything altogether. It's always best to have a backup file! You might end up losing your pictures if you accidentally did something wrong, and we don't want you to lose your memories!

TIP: The blank CD can be a write, or a re-write-both will work. However, I STRONGLY suggest getting the write CDs, because if these picture files you'll be saving are very important to you, you don't want to risk accidentally re-writing over your pictures with a re-write CD. Unlike re-write CDs, write CDs can not be written over. Your computer will recognize the CD as being a used CD, and it will re-write nothing. However, re-write CDs are very convenient if you:

• Aren't planning on saving the picture files for long.

• Are transferring things from one computer to another.

• Want to use the CD as a test CD.

• Want to save money and CDs by just reusing them for non-important things.

• Made a mistake with your project, and you want to re-write your project after you've corrected it without having to use a whole new CD.

• Are just testing how a project came out before you write it to a write CD.

Etc.! There are numerous reasons why a re-write CD is more convenient than a write CD, and there are numerous reasons why a write CD is more convenient than a re-write CD. Just weigh your options before you decide on which to buy. Buy some of each if you want. I say if you have something very important that you're saving, go with a write CD. You'll rest easy knowing that you'll never accidentally re-write something over very important memories. If it's something non-important, go with a re-write. You can save money, because you won't be using another new CD for each non-important project, and it'll save you CDs.

Note: You can only re-write material on re-write CDs a certain amount of times before the quality is no longer that great. The quality of the material on your CD goes down a little each time you re-write.

TIP: You can find blank CDs at Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, etc.-pretty much any store that sells electronics or office supplies should have them. Call the store you're considering going to ahead of time if you want, if you're unsure on whether that store has what you're looking for or not.



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