Write Data to a CD in Windows 7

If your computer is equipped with a compact disc (CD) writer, you can back up files or folders to a compact disc-recordable (CD-R) or a compact disc-rewritable (CD-RW).

Copy Files and Folders to a CD

  1. Insert a blank writable CD into the CD-ROM Drive.
  2. Double-click My Computer, and then highlight the file(s) or folder(s) you want to copy to the CD. To select more than one file, hold down the CTRL key while you highlight the file(s) or folder(s) you want.
  3. Click any of the following options:
    • Copy this file
    • Copy this folder
    • Copy the selected items
  4. In the Copy Items dialog box, click the CD-ROM drive, and then click Copy.
  5. In My Computer, double-click the CD drive.Windows displays a temporary area where the files are held before they are copied to the CD. Check that the files and folders that you intend to copy to the CD are displayed under Files Ready to Be Written to the CD.
  6. Under the CD Writing Tasks, click Write to CD.
  7. After the CD Writing Wizard starts, follow the instructions.
  8. When the process is finished, the wizard displays a check box for you to choose to create another CD like the one you just made. If you want to create multiple copies of the same CD, click Yes; write these files to another CD; insert another blank, writable CD into the CD drive; and follow the instructions in the wizard.

Note: After you copy files or folders to the CD, it is useful to view the CD to confirm that the files are copied.

Delete CD Temporary Files

Note: When you delete the contents of the temporary storage area, you make this area available for another set of files and folders that you want to copy to the CD. The files are not deleted from the original location on your computer or from the CD.

  1. Double-click My Computer, and then double-click the CD drive.

    Windows displays a temporary storage area where files are held before they are copied to the CD. Files or folders located in the temporary storage area are listed under Files Ready to Be Written to the CD.

  • Under CD Writing Tasks, click Delete Temporary Files.

Windows deletes the files and folders from the temporary storage area and moves them to the Recycle Bin.