7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2008 10:46 AM by R C-R
TylerCP Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I was backing up my photos and I made a mistake in which files to put in. Now I have the burn folder on my desktop, and in it is the files which were to be burned.
The files are only 52kb and the originals, 11MB. When I try to delete the folder on the desktop(Move to trash) the originals seem to go with them. How do I get rid of these folders without deleting the originals.

MacBook Pro 2.2GHz 2.0GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Worm76 Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)
    Make a copy of the originals to a <New Foldder> on your desktop and throw away the burn folder, if the originals DOES follow you will still have them as a copy on your desktop.
  • petrock Level 3 Level 3 (975 points)
    When you drag a file/folder to a Burn Folder, an alias is added to the Burn Folder not the actual file you are dragging. Notice the little arrow in the icon of the file/folders you dragged in.

    In Leopard, there is another method to burn things to disk. Simply select the folder (any folder) you want to burn and select File Menu->Burn XXX to Disc. Then fallow the instructions in the dialog(s) that appear. Good luck...
  • mike(uk) Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I had the same problem.
    I dragged the Alias folder to my Burn folder/cd, and as there were too many files to fit into the burn CD. I went INTO my Burn Folder to delete/thrash 20 files in order to make the Burn folder fit into the CD.
    That worked fine. I then looked into my original files and noticed to my horror that the files I had removed/thrashed from the Burn CD were also removed from my Mac.
    I thought I had done something silly and I checked the same procedure again. Yes it does this every time. THe strange thing is that when I make a Folder Alias for a Burn job, the Folder shows up as an alias on the Burn CD but when I then look at the Files on the Burn CD they show as Actual files NOT Aliases. Is this right?

    Many thanks
  • mike(uk) Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm a converted Windows user and the Last thing I expected was to have these sorts of problems...
  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (15,020 points)
    mike(uk) wrote:
    I went INTO my Burn Folder to delete/thrash 20 files in order to make the Burn folder fit into the CD.


    You can open the Burn Folder, but if you try to open a *folder alias* in it, you will open the *actual folder*. Thus, anything you move to the trash from there will be the item in the folder, not an alias to it. Repeat your test, carefully checking to see if what you move to the trash is an alias or something else.

    THe strange thing is that when I make a Folder Alias for a Burn job, the Folder shows up as an alias on the Burn CD but when I then look at the Files on the Burn CD they show as Actual files NOT Aliases. Is this right?


    Yes, this is right. The Burn Folder is just a collection of aliases that point to the items to be burned. If it didn't work this way, the Burn Folder would have to contain actual files & folders, which would be a waste of disk space.
  • mike(uk) Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So HOW does one remove a few files from a burn disk to make it fit onto the disk? Without deleting the originals.

    This is not a problem I have in Windows were I use Nero and things are very simple.

    Many thanks
  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (15,020 points)
    Just remember that the Burn Folder contains only aliases. Since folder aliases are just pointers to real folders, the only way to "remove" something from one of them is to move it from the real folder to some other location.

    This is true whether or not a Burn Folder is involved.

    The main value of a Burn Folder is that since it contains aliases, anything you do to the originals before the burn will be included on the burned media. IOW, instead of holding copies of the originals, which would have to be replaced if the originals were changed, you can change the originals all you want & not worry that an outdated copy will be burned instead.

    Once you understand the distinction, it should be easy to avoid trashing originals by accident: if you are in the Burn Folder, the large dark band across the top of the window should make it immediately obvious. No dark band means you have navigated out of the Burn Folder.