Apple produces applications you can use to format drives and burn CDs; however, there are other applications for each of these purposes as well.
Disk Utility works well in many situations; however, there are other disk formatting utilities of which you should be aware.
FWB's Hard Disk Toolkit has long been recognized as one of the best drive formatting utilities available. It handles more devices than Disk Utility does and provides greater control over formatting and partitioning drives.
Check out Hard Disk Toolkit at www.fwb.com.
Charismac Engineering's Anubis Utility also provides support for a greater variety of devices than does Disk Utility. It also offers several features that Disk Utility does not.
Check out Anubis on www.charismac.com/Products/Anubis.
The Finder's built-in Disc Burner is a useful application, but its features are somewhat limited when compared to some of the other applications mentioned in the following sections.
Toast, from Roxio, has long been the king of Mac CD-burning applications, and for very good reason, too. Toast offers features not found in any other application on the Mac. For example, Toast enables you to quickly create CDs that keep your digital photos organized and accessible. If you regularly create CDs, you should explore Toast.
Check out Toast on www.roxio.com.
Apple's own iTunes is limited to creating audio CDs, but it does quite a good job at that.
To learn how to burn CDs with iTunes, see "Using iTunes to Create Custom Music CDs," p. 486.
Charismac's Discribe is another full-featured CD-burning application. Similar to Toast, it offers many features not found in Disc Burner.
You can check out Discribe and download a demo version at www.charismac.com/Products/Discribe/.