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CD and DVD Preferences under Mac OS X

If you put a blank disc in the disc drive in a Mac OS X system, but you don't see an icon appear on the desktop representing that disc, you may need to change the System Preferences settings for CDs and DVDs. If the configuration is set to "ignore", then you won't see an icon representing the blank disc appear on the desktop. To change the settings, take the following steps:
  1. Click on the Apple icon at the top left of your screen and select System Preferences.
  2. Select CDs & DVDs.
  3. Check the settings for "When you insert a blank CD" and "When you insert a blank DVD." If they are set to "ignore", then that explains why no icon appears on the desktop when you insert a blank disc.

    Blank CD & DVD preferences

  4. You can choose from the following options:
    • Ask what to do
    • Open Finder
    • Open iTunes
    • Open Disk Utility
    • Open other application...
    • Run script...
    • Ignore
  5. You can choose Open Finder to have an icon appear on the desktop for the disc, e.g., "Untitled CD" for a blank CD. When you've changed the setting, you can close the CDs & DVDs window.
  6. References:

    1. Mac OS X 10.2, 10.3: You put in a blank disc, but it doesn't appear
      Last Modified: January 8, 2007
      Article: TA22349
      Apple - Support

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