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Macintosh OS X

Working with CD's

The Compact Disc (CD) drives found on many campus computers can be used to access information from CD's and to write files to CD's as a way of accessing, saving, and sharing information with others. Computers equipped with a CD writer, or burner, have a type of drive called a CD-RW drive. To determine which General Access (GA) labs have CD burners, see Lab Management's Lab Hardware Summary. For more information about CD burning, see Saving Files to a CD.

This document contains information on the following:

return to topInserting a CD and Accessing Its Contents

This section will tell you how to insert and access the contents of a CD.

  1. Press [Eject]Eject button
    The CD tray opens.

  2. Place your CD in the tray

  3. Press [Eject]
    The CD tray closes.
    The CD's icon appears on the desktop.

  4. Double click the CD icon to view and access the contents of the disc

return to topEjecting a CD

When you are finished working with a CD, you will need to eject it to remove the icon from your desktop.

  1. Close any documents on the CD and quit any applications that may be using files on the CD

  2. Select the CD icon on the desktop

  3. Press [Eject] Eject button
    OR
    From the File menu, select Eject
    The CD tray opens.

return to topHandling Unreadable CD's

If your CD keeps getting ejected, the CD is unreadable and probably needs to be cleaned. To clean a CD, wipe the shiny surface with a soft, damp cloth, working from the center to the edge. If the CD is scratched, it may be unreadable. Try using the CD in another drive to see if it is readable.

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