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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition by David Pogue

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Burning CDs and DVDs

If your Mac can burn CDs or DVDs, you’ve got yourself the world’s most convenient backup system. It’s just like having a floppy disk drive—except that a blank CD holds at least 450 times as many files, and a blank DVD holds about 3,250 times as many!

You can buy blank CDs very inexpensively in bulk—$20 for 100 discs, for example—via the Web. (To find the best prices, visit www.shopper.com or www.buy.com and search for blank CD-R.) Blank DVDs are more expensive—about $30 for 50 (at www.cdrdvdrmedia.com, for example)—but that’s not ridiculous, considering their capacity.

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