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  1. Brian Brown
    November 22, 2015

    Kind of surprised people still use DVD burners but also kind of frustrated that Apple doesn’t use them at all anymore.

    • Michael D
      November 22, 2015

      Re: “people still use DVD burners. . . .”

      I still use recordable optical media for small, semi-permanent backups that are stored offsite. Sometimes this is a specific project that doesn’t merit an archival USB thumb drive and isn’t large enough for a hard drive or the risk and delay of putting it up into the cloud.

      In addition, I frequently use optical to dupe audio media for various uses (no, I’m not pirating, etc.) And I still rip CDs from my own collection, which numbers in the thousands and is therefore an ongoing project. I also will rip audio CDs that friends own to various formats for them, using apps other than iTunes where we can be really specific about the format, bit rates, etc. (Hello, XLD!) I don’t always want to go through the trouble to rip something I already paid for to listen to it from the hard drive on my MBP, so again a CD drive is still invaluable for direct CD audio playback.

      Not everybody has succumbed to the “stream-everything-all-the-time” mentality. For one thing, many times the versions of DVD movies and CDs are different or better in their (original) optical media forms. I’d like to keep my choices open, especially when the new-format media only offer inferior formats or versions of a given title. And the current streaming rage assumes one has 24/7/365 net access at decent speeds. This is absolutely not the case unless one is holed up in a very specific place—and probably in a large metropolitan area—to boot.

      Hope I made the case.

      • Jason
        November 23, 2015

        That’s a good case. Just beware that your optical media has a finite shelf life – directly dependent on the environment its kept in.

        Albeit these span decades, it would be a shame to lose a DVD full of data needed for something important or a keep sake down the road.

      • Dee
        January 14, 2017

        DVD or CDs are a really cheap semi-permanent way to give files away. No uploading or downloading for clients. they don’t have to bring a USB drive that would likely be too small anyway or an external hard drive.

  2. Marc Adin
    November 22, 2015

    I have been buying only Apple products since before 2000. Over the years their business model continues to try and squeeze every last cent from their consumers. For example the cost of the external burner is outrageous. Third party external burner drives have mysterious compatibility issues with El Capitan.

    • DG
      November 23, 2015

      I’ve always thought the way Macs handle discs has been crap. It might be as you said about third party burners and the OS though, for instance if I leave a disc idle in the drive for too long, (an hour maybe), the disc is still visible on the desktop but becomes unusable forcing a power FULL down and power up – not a reboot.
      Anyway, there is a post on MacRumors that has a way to get the old Disk Utility working on 10.11 and this is what I have done.

  3. Meek KIKER
    November 22, 2015

    Re: Your article:Burn a Disk Image File (ISO, DMG, etc) from the Finder of OS X.

    I have late 2014 iMac with OS.10.11 and where you show in your article “Burn Disc image to Disk”, my iMac shows
    “Burn ‘Documents’ to Disk…”

    I assume that is the same as your computer showing “Burn Disc image to Disk”?

    Thank you
    Meek

  4. EFF YOU
    November 23, 2015

    This doesn’t work at all! First off, if you’re going to all of the trouble to screw up the burn Iso to disc feature, why not just right click and select burn iso to disc? Second when you do select burn iso to disc, either from the file menu or the right click option, it actually just burns the iso file to the disc. In other words, worthless. The point of burning an iso, or image file, is to make a disc with that image ON the disc, not just that file OF the image ON the disc. IDIOT!

    • Sebby
      November 24, 2015

      I just wasted a CD-R to disprove you.

      It works. Really.

    • Village Idjit
      November 24, 2015

      Actually it burns the ISO to the disc as the disk image. Sorry to hear this is above your technical skill level, I would recommend you stick with the iPad which doesn’t have a complex CD burner or ISO files to work with. Just touch stuff on the screen you want to do! That’s better suited to someone like yourself. Not everyone has to be tech savvy!

      • Dave
        May 21, 2016

        Actually, I’ve been trying this with a .iso from Dell – and using El Capitan it just burns the .iso file to the CD – i.e. when you look at the CD there is 1 file on it, which is the .iso. But if you open it in Finder then it knows how to open to the .iso so you can see the files. So Finder knows it’s a .iso, but refuses to write it as a disk image. Then try the command line – which sheds a bit more light on it. Doing an ls on the file show it to be a Win10_EnglishInternational_x64.iso – and when you try to use the hdiutil to burn it, it complains with “OM_5.2.0_ISM_A00.iso” not recognized – image not recognised

        So we can see that if Finder doesn’t think it’s a .iso then it writes it as a file – which kind of makes sense. What I don’t understand is why finder can open it to see the underlying files and yet is unable to interpret it as a .iso

      • Dave
        May 21, 2016

        Workaround – this worked for me…

        Use the Disk Utility to turn the .iso into a .dmg, then use finder to burn the .dmg to the CD

      • Dee
        January 14, 2017

        To make it work I used an older Mac with 10.6.8

      • Dee
        January 15, 2017

        To make a DVD with an ISO I ended up using an older Mac with 10.9

      • Goose
        February 19, 2017

        Gotta Love it when Mac fanboys insult people as a digital means of peen measurement. Trust me, there no correlation between Mac knowledge and peen size.

        Yep…it’s an old post, and comments on the internet never go away.

  5. rizo
    November 25, 2015

    You can also burn an iso from the command line with:

    drutil burn (drag drop disc image file here)

    So if it’s on the desktop:

    drutil burn ~/Desktop/burnthisiso.iso

    Easy peasy. Put in a disc and that’s it.

  6. Dufi
    November 26, 2015

    Yes, the burn process works BUT
    I burned a windows 7 dvd iso and it doesent load. I tried 2 different isos and non of them bootable.
    I burned the same iso from windows/nero, then it works, automaticly recognizes it.
    With Finder burn tool, after restart, holding alt – only shows the hdd and cant see the disk.

  7. Rob
    March 2, 2016

    Actually, all you have to do is right click the file or folder you want to burn to a CD, and select burn to disk.

    • Sig
      February 18, 2017

      You don’t see the point of the discussion do you? Writing an image to a disk is not the same as writing a folder or file to the disz.

  8. Gary J
    August 13, 2016

    This makes the assumption you have already created the disc image to burn. If you insert a DVD of home movies and you want to duplicate it, you still have ti make the disc image first. So, if you have to do that, you might as well do it from the Disk Utility.

  9. Vincent
    November 21, 2016

    It does not work. I had to burn the image through toast to make it bootable.

  10. Mick Taras
    June 15, 2017

    After I burned the ISO file on the DVD I could not play the disc on my TV DVD player. The “burn disk image to disk” process only copies the ISO file. Now, if I double click that ISO file from my computer it does start playing the DVD but not on a regular DVD player….. any ideas of why?

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