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Found a new way to Burn CDs on macOS Monterey for System 7.6


So I was digging out my 6200CD so my daughter could play some KidPix, and I discovered that was no longer installed. I couldn't use my Floppy EMU with that computer so I was faced with either getting it networked to download from Macintosh Garden or Burning a CD with some stuff I downloaded on my main machine.

I have not burned a CD for System 7 in a long time so I was surprised to discover that "Mac OS Standard" was no longer a format option on my M1 Mini running Monterey… So this is typically where I would root around the basement to find a Tiger bridge machine where I could burn the disk from. But after some searching I found what I have been looking for… Burn

I have not seen this mentioned on many forums so I was surprised that it allowed me to do exactly what I wanted from a M1 Native application. You simply open the application, add the files you want to burn, then most importantly you can select a format. Here are the defaults:

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And the advanced options offers even more, including HFS Standard!

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This process worked beautifully! Burning a CD-R via a USB CD burner on my M1 Mini and reading that CD on my Performa 6200CD with 7.6.


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That's good to see - I still burn CD-Rs of Mac OS installs here too (usually from the OS X desktop Burn command) - still remains the easiest way to install Mac OS on most old machines.


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Nice! I previously used Toast 10 to burn HFS CD-Rs years back and was wondering how I was gonna do it again. Thanks!


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That's a bit of a throwback! Burn has been around for what seems like forever now. Great little project, I remember using it for burning discs back in the Tiger days.


Its funny because even System 7 Today has pretty out of date instructions on how to do this: https://system7today.com/osxos7cdburning

Not sure why I never ran into Burn before, but the fact that I don't need to setup another computer just to copy something from Macintosh Garden to my older machines is great.