In This Chapter
Initializing and erasing your disks
Using PC-formatted disks
Creating your own CDs and DVDs
In this chapter, I talk about disk basics: How to format them for your Mac, how to format them so that your Windows-using brethren (and sisteren) can use them, how to copy or move files between disks, and much more. Onward!
This chapter offers lots of info that applies to every Mac user — including folder management and moving or copying files to and from disks other than your internal hard drive. I also show you how to work with optical media such as CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, and DVD+R DL (dual-layer), which are all types of discs that many Mac users deal with regularly. You more than likely have an internal SuperDrive (CD and DVD player/burner). Or you may have added external storage devices such as a USB flash drive; a USB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt hard drive; or an optical disc player/recorder.
Think of disk icons as folders. That’s because your Mac sees disks as nothing but giant folders. When you double-click ...