computer is not a good place to save photos.
Computers crash. Files get corrupted. You can accidentally delete
your files. Laptops get stolen, dropped, or lost. If the
only copy of the photo is on your computer, and something happens
to the computer, it is lost forever.
What’s 'burning' a CD and can my
computer do it?
Burning a CD refers to the laser that actually heats up a layer in the CD and
etches information into the disk. Most computers today can make or “burn” CD's,
and many can burn DVD's as well. If the front of your disc drive says "CD-RW", "burner" or "writer" then
you know it can burn discs.
Make sure you're using the right disc. If it only has an "R" on
the end it is 'write once' and can be used for archiving your
it says RW or RAM at the end it is re-writable. Those formats are
OK for back-up but shouldn't be used to archive your photos.
On Windows: Insert a disc into your PC and click on the Details
of the CD drive, then click on the Properties window with a follow
up click on Hardware.
On a Mac: Go to the Apple menu in
the upper left-hand corner of your screen and select "About
this Mac". Click on "More Info" to
get the window that will describe the hardware your computer has.
Look for words such as "CD-R","CD-RW" or "burner".
Keep in mind there are many different types of CD and DVD burners
and it can get confusing. But as we mentioned above, CD-R or DVD-R/DVD+R
are all we need to use. Click on FAQ on
the navigation bar on this site or check your owner’s manual.
How can I put my photos on a CD?
On Windows, go to your My Pictures folder and
select the folders/photos you
want to burn to disc. Under "Picture Tasks" in the left-hand sidebar,
click "Copy to CD." A message balloon will appear when Windows is ready
to write the files. Click the message balloon and a window will open showing
the files ready to be written to the CD. Click Write these files to CD in the
CD Writing Tasks area.
Follow the prompts from the CD Writing Wizard.
On a Mac, a CD can be burned directly from iPhoto. Select
the photos you
want to burn to the disc, and click the burn button. You will be prompted to
insert a blank CD.
That’s it, you’ve just “burned” your photos to a CD.
Photo saving strategies.
Pick a date every month that is your day to archive pictures.
Send copies of discs to friends and relatives. It’s a great way to keep
in touch, share memories and keep a backup of your photos just in case something
Create slideshows if you have the capability, so that everyone can have fun looking
at your shots.
How many photos will a CD hold.
The short answer is a lot. The long answer is it depends on your camera, the
image size and the quality of your jpeg. The chart below will give you an idea
of how many photos from a 5 megapixel camera will fit on a CD or DVD.
photos fit on
DVD or CD