How to Make a New Computer Backup Disk

By Jose Leiva

Creating a backup disk with your new computer is easier than ever. New computers as of 2010 are pre-loaded with Windows 7, the 2010 version of Windows. With this new operating system, you no longer need to purchase or download CD-burning software, and almost all new computers come with CD-RW drives. Backing up a new computer is also important because it saves files that you might want to reinstall.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD-R disk
  • Blank CD-RW disk
  • CD burner

Step 1

Insert a blank CD-RW or CD-R into your computer's CD burner. A CD-RW is rewritable, and a CD-R is not.

Step 2

Select the option to burn files onto the CD when a pop-up appears asking you what you'd like to do.

Step 3

Browse through your computer files for all the files you want to put into the backup disk and drag each file into the pop-up window that appears.

Step 4

Click "Burn to Disk" once you've dragged all the files you want to burn onto the backup disk. The more files there are, the longer it will take to burn.

Step 5

Select the speed at which you want to burn the disk. The options will be from 4x to 40x, with 40x being the fastest speed. The faster the download, the greater the chance of losing data or having the file become corrupted.

Step 6

Wait for the burner to burn all the information onto the backup disk. When it's done, the disk will be ejected automatically.

Step 7

Click "Finish" to exit the burn wizard.