How to Save Pictures On a CD

By Ashley Poland

The simplest method of backing up and sharing your favorite pictures is to burn them to a compact disc (CD). By burning your pictures to a CD you not only create an alternate copy of the files in case of catastrophic hard-drive failure, but you also create a portable way to take your pictures with to share with your friends and family. All operating systems come with a default program for burning CDs that is easy to use.

Burning Pictures to a Data Disc in Windows

Step 1

Insert the blank disc into your computer and select "Burn files to data disc" from the dialog box that pops up.

Step 2

In the next dialog box type in a name for your CD. Allow time for your CD to format properly.

Step 3

Copy your pictures onto the data disc. In Windows you can do this by opening the folder that includes your pictures; you can then click and drag the pictures over to the empty CD's folder. Once placed in the folder they are automatically burned to the CD.

Burning Pictures to a Data Disc in OS X

Step 1

Insert the blank CD into your computer; this will open a prompt that allows you to prepare your disc for burning.

Step 2

Copy your pictures onto the data disc. You can drag files over to the blank disc icon in My Computer and drop them onto the disc without having to open the disc.

Step 3

Select the blank CD icon and select "Burn CD" from the File menu.

Step 4

Press the "Burn" button on the dialog box that pops up.

Burning Pictures to a Data Disc in Ubuntu

Step 1

Open the program K3b; the program is located under Applications > Sound and Video.

Step 2

Copy your pictures onto the data disc. In K3b you can use the file-system viewer in the program to drag files down to the blank CD interface along the lower half of the program window.

Step 3

Once you have all your pictures copied click the "Burn" button.

Step 4

Fill out any options in the dialog box that you many want for your CD and click the "Burn" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can select batches of pictures on Windows and Linux by holding down the Ctrl key while you click on the images you want.
  • Keep your CDs out of direct sunlight and don't expose them to extreme heat; the plastic of the CD is likely to warp, which can render your disc unreadable and cause your pictures to be lost.
  • Keep the shiny side of the CD clean and free from abrasive materials that may scratch it; scratches on the surface of the CD can cause read errors on your disc and result in lost data.
  • Do not disrupt your CD burning by closing the program or opening your CD drive; doing so may damage your CD and make it unusable.