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How To: Burn Folders And How To Use Them
A burn folder is specifically used to assist the user in burning documents to optical media.
The uniqueness of the burn folder is it will create shortcuts to your original files or folders. As such each time you make a change to a file or add documents into a folder and then proceed to burn onto a disc. The latest edition of changes or new files will be burnt.
This is extremely helpful for users who burn multiple copies of files and folders or users who modify files and folders on a regular basis and need to burn to optical media for backup or forwarding on to other people.
In order to create a burn folder simply go to your finder and go to any area on your hard drive and choose File-New Burn Folder.
Give the folder a name and then proceed to drag and drop files and folders into that burn folder.
As an alias will be created for each file and folder. You can easily rename or delete anything within that burn folder without the worry of deleting your important files.
Please note you can not create a burn folder inside of an existing burn folder.
Once your files are ready simply insert your blank media, click burn and follow the onscreen instructions.
Once the burn has completed you can get back to work making modifications on those files or folders knowing they will automatically be updated on the next disc you burn.