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How to Copy a CD Disk

by Tyson Cliffton

It's always a good idea to make a physical backup of any important data. With CD-burning devices coming standard in more and more computers, making CD backups of data is a readily available way to back up valuable data. Personal computers (PCs) often have a CD-R drive and either a DVD-ROM drive or a CD-ROM drive. Macintosh computers come standard with a DVD player built in. Regardless of what system you're using, backing up data takes just a few steps.

PC: CD-R and CD-ROM

Step 1

Place the disc you want to copy in the CD-ROM drive and place a blank disc in the CD-R drive.

Step 2

Open "My Computer" and right click the drive icon for the disc you want to copy and select "Explore."

Step 3

Highlight the contents of this disc and drag the contents into the CD-R drive.

Step 4

Close out of the "Explore" dialogue box for the CD-ROM drive and return to "My Computer."

Right-click on the icon for the CD-R drive and click "Write these files to CD." The burn process will begin. Remove the disc when it's finished burning.

PC: CD-R

Step 1

Create a new folder on your computer desktop.

Step 2

Place the disc you want to copy in the CD-R drive. Right-click on the CD-R drive and click "Explore."

Step 3

Copy the contents of the disc and paste them into the new folder you just created on your desktop. Remove the disc and place a blank disc in the CD-R drive.

Step 4

Double-click the icon for the CD-R. An empty dialogue box for the CD-R should appear on your screen.

Copy the contents of the folder you created on your desktop into the empty dialogue box for your CD-R. When the files are done copying close out of the CD-R dialogue box. Right-click on the icon for the CD-R drive and click "Write these files to CD." Remove the disc when it's done burning.

Mac

Step 1

Click on "Finder" in the upper left-hand corner of your screen and then click "Go," "Utilities," and "Disk Utility."

Step 2

Insert the disc you want to copy into the computer's disc drive. The program does not copy audio CDs or copy-protected CDs. On the left side of your screen select the disc you just inserted.

Step 3

Click "File" and "NEW." Next click the "Disc Image From" that has the name of the disc you just inserted after it. Enter a name and save location for your disc image.

Step 4

Click on "Image Format," "Read Only," and then click "Save." When your computer is done creating the image remove the original CD and insert the blank CD. A new .dmg file be located in your Disk Utility folder. Double click the file and select "Burn."

Remove the disc when it is finished burning.

Items you will need

  • Blank CD

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