How to Burn WAV Files to a CD

By Beverlee Brick

You have two options for burning a WAV file to CD. You can save the file as data, or as an audio file. Audio files take up much more room, but are readable by most audio CD players like the one in your car. Data files are smaller, but many sound systems can't read them. The kind you need depends on why you want to burn the files to your CD. If you want to listen to the files off your computer, then burn them as audio files. If you just want to move the files to a different computer, or back them up, burn them as data. The steps in this article are for the Windows operating system.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Audio files in .wav format
  • CD-R or CD-RW

Burning a data file

Step 1

Insert the writable CD into your computer CD burner.

Step 2

In many computers, this will automatically bring up a box with options. If so, select the option to "Open writable CD folder." If not, open your "My Computer" icon and double-click on the appropriate CD drive.

Step 3

Open the file window containing your audio file.

Step 4

Click and drag the files you want from your computer file window to the window for the CD drive. You can select multiple files at once by holding down the CTRL key and clicking individual files.

Step 5

Click on "Write these files to CD" in the window pane for the CD drive. This will open a step-by-step wizard for burning the CD, according to the specifics of your computer system.

Burning an audio file

Step 1

Insert the writable CD into your computer CD burner.

Step 2

In many computers, this will automatically bring up a box with options. If so, select the option to "Burn a CD using Windows Media Player." If not, open Windows Media Player in the program list.

Step 3

Click on the "Burn" tab at the top of the Windows Media Player window.

Step 4

Open the file window containing your audio file.

Step 5

Click and drag the files you want from your computer file window to the left hand pane of the Windows Media Player window.. You can select multiple files at once by holding down the CTRL key and clicking individual files.

Step 6

Click the "Start Burn" option in the upper left hand corner of the window pane. This will open a wizard that will walk you step by step through the completing the burn according to the current version of Windows Media Player.