How to Save Files to a DVD-R

By Mike Benson

People most commonly use DVD-Rs to watch videos and listen to high-quality audio. But DVD-Rs can also be used for file backup and storage. While CD-Rs offer the same advantage, DVD-Rs allow more storage space for a larger amount of files. Fortunately, Windows comes pre-built with all you need to transfer your files to a DVD-R without any need for additional software.

Step 1

Insert your DVD-R into the DVD drive on your computer. Close the "Autoplay" dialog window that loads on your screen.

Step 2

Right-click the files or folders to copy and select "Send to," and then "DVD drive."

Step 3

Select "With a CD/DVD player" on the "How do you want to use this disc?" dialog box.

Step 4

Press the "Next" button. This brings you to the "Files Ready to Be Written to the Disc" folder.

Step 5

Click "File" and then "Burn to disc." This loads a "Prepare this disc" dialog. Enter a title for your disc in the "Disc title" field, and press the "Next" button to begin burning the disc.