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Burning disk images to optical media in macOS Sierra

As part of some work I was doing today, I needed to burn an .iso file to a CD. As I have in the past, I opened Disk Utility and looked for the icon for burning a disc only to discover that this option stopped being available as of OS X El Capitan. It is likewise not available in macOS Sierra’s Disk Utility application.

After doing some additional research, it looks like the ability to burn a disc image is now only available through the Finder or by using hdiutil. For more details, see below the jump.

To burn a disk image file to an optical disk on macOS Sierra, use the procedure described below:

1. Select the desired disk image and right-click to bring up the contextual menu.

2. Select Burn Disk Image “Disk Image Name Here” to Disc…

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3. If needed, insert a blank optical disk when prompted.

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4. If something other than the default settings are needed, click the drop arrow and set your desired burn options.

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5. Once the drive is ready to begin burning the disk image to the optical disk, click the Burn button.

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6. The disk image should now burn to the optical disk.

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Categories: Mac administration, macOS
  1. February 23, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    What’s a CD? 😛

  2. February 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve had success using Burn, too. I’m not sure if I’ve tried it on 10.12, but it worked OK on 10.11.

    http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net/Pages/English/home.html

  3. James Nadeau
    March 23, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I was wondering about that. Guessing it is a victim of the decision to make /Volumes not world-writable, Disk Utility etc run as username…

  4. April 1, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Gosh that’s easy

  5. Steve
    June 25, 2017 at 2:51 am

    This option does not create a bootable .iso?

  6. David
    October 9, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks! This worked. Finally.

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