Creating a Mac/PC Hybrid CD-Rom with Roxio Toast

The following is a quick tutorial on how to create a hybrid CD under Mac OS X.
Using Toast, you can fairly easily create a hybrid CD with which the Mac OS will only see Mac specific files and the PC OS will only see the PC specific files.  This preserves the Mac resource fork and icon data as well as the PC icon data.

  1. Create a disk image into which you will place all of your Mac OS files.
    1. Open up the Disk Utility program in Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.
    2. Click on the "New Image" button in the top bar of the Disk Utility window.
    3. Determine the size of your disk image and create it, making sure it has read/write permissions.
  2. Mount the new disk image and copy any Mac data onto it.  Leave the image mounted.
  3. Fire up Toast
  4. In the left-hand sidebar, click on the "Advanced" button.
  5. Click on the "Custom Hybrid" radio button.  The main Toast window will now display two buttons "Select Mac…" and "Select ISO.."
  6. To add Mac files:
    1. Click on the "Select Mac…" button.
    2. Choose the newly created disk image/Mac volume that you created and into which you copied your Mac files.
  7. To add PC files:
    1. Click on the "Select PC…" button
    2. An "ISO 9660" dialogue box will appear.
    3. Click on the "Files" button and then drag and drop your PC files into this window.
    4. To specify the name of the PC cd as it will appear, double-click on the text to the right of the CD graphic/icon (the default should be My CD).  Enter any new text and hit enter.
  8. Unmount/Eject your Mac data volume before burning.
  9. Burn CD, smile, do victory dance.  🙂

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