MacMost Now 209: Using Burn Folders

You can use burn folders to archive data and create CD hand-outs. But you can also keep burn folders around and use them to make updated versions of those disks later on.

Comments: 14 Responses to “MacMost Now 209: Using Burn Folders”

    Daniel
    10 years ago

    Thanks for the tip Gary!
    It so simple, yet I had no idea what a “Burn Folder” was.
    This will help me so much on the job. :-)

    10 years ago

    Does a burn folder actually burn the ALIASES or the ACTUAL FILES?

    10 years ago

    Matt: No. That wouldn’t be very useful. It burns the actual files.

    10 years ago

    Awesome tip!! I was wondering one day what that “New Burn Folder” was. That is a really really really useful tip!! Thanks!!

    10 years ago

    Hey Gary.. You should have an Email this article option on here. I always send links to my friends about your articles..

      Daniel
      10 years ago

      That’s a cool idea! I do the same thing.

    Eva Ralston
    8 years ago

    Is it possible to e-mail a burn folder?

      8 years ago

      No. A burn folder isn’t really a folder. The files aren’t really there. It is just a list of things that you want to burn to a disc.
      What is it you are trying to accomplish? Just send some files? If so, then just attach them to an email. If it is a folder with a lot of files, then compress the folder into a zip file and send it. See episode 516: http://macmost.com/simple-file-compression-in-os-x.html

    Chris
    8 years ago

    So , i downloaded a music comp , got it on my desktop….put it into a new burn folder…..burned it …..however ..it only plays on my DVD player….not in my laptop or a normal cd player …no joy ???

      8 years ago

      It sounds like you burned a data disc with a music file on it. I’m surprised that anything played it. If you want to burn an actual audio CD, you should use iTunes. Build a playlist and burn it as an audio CD from iTunes.
      See episode 109, but instead of making an MP3 CD, make a plain audio one.
      http://macmost.com/how-to-make-an-mp3-cd.html

    Chris
    8 years ago

    Thanks Gary, the disc i used was a memeorex cdr specifically for music . I know how to burn from itunes…..so how do i get the music that is currently sitting in my burn folder into itunes ?

      8 years ago

      Are then not already in iTunes? If not, then drag and drop them to add them to your music library.

        Chris
        8 years ago

        Thanks Gary , didn’t realize i could just drag stuff into itunes …i am a bit of a technospazz …lol. Thanks very much for your help .

    Mike Stolz
    7 years ago

    I tried putting a smart folder into a burn folder and then burning it.
    What got burned was the actual search criteria for the smart folder.
    When I brought that to another machine and opened it, it listed all of the files on THAT machine that meet the search criteria.

    Cute, but not as useful as it would have been if it worked the way Gary said it did.

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