Archive your photos on a CD

If the number of pictures stored on your computer has become unmanageable, you can archive the image files by saving them on a CD.

To save your photos on a CD

  1. Click Start, and then click My Pictures.

  2. Select the photos you want to archive, and then click OK. To select multiple folders containing pictures, hold down the CTRL key while making your selections.

    If all the pictures are in one folder, you can select the entire contents of the folder. Double-click the folder containing the pictures, and then, click the Edit menu, click Select All, and then click OK.

  3. To check if the size of your selection isn't larger than the capacity of the CD, click the File menu, click Properties. In the Properties dialog box, click the General tab, and then look at the Size field.

    If the size shown is smaller than the capacity of your CD (usually 640 to 720 MB), the pictures will fit on the CD. If the size is larger than this, you'll have to select fewer pictures to save to the CD.

  4. Under Picture Tasks, click Copy to CD.

    A message balloon that says You have files waiting to be written to the CD will appear.

  5. Click the message balloon. A window showing the folders that you have selected to save on the CD will appear.

  6. Under CD Writing Tasks, click Write these files to CD. The CD Writing Wizard will start.

  7. In the CD name box, type a name for your CD, and then click Next.

    If you have already inserted a blank CD into the CD drive, your files will start copying. If you have not inserted a blank CD into the drive, you will be prompted to do so.

  8. If prompted Do you want to create a HighMAT-compatible CD?, leave the check box cleared, and then click Next.

  9. After your files are successfully saved on the CD, click Finish. Your CD will be automatically ejected from the drive.

  10. To verify that the pictures were copied successfully to the CD or to look at the pictures you saved, insert the CD into the CD drive, and close the drive. When prompted, click Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer, and then click OK.

  11. Double-click the folder with the pictures, and then double-click the pictures you want to view. When you are finished, close the window.