How to Copy Protect a Data CD

By Lita McLeary

Copy protect a data CD to prevent valuable information from being duplicated.
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A copy protection software is useful if your data CD contains valuable files that you do not want duplicated. It basically "locks" the CD so that no other user will be able to copy the contents of the CD. Since Windows operating system does not come pre-installed with a program that offers copy protection for an optical media, you will have to download and install a software that will do it for you.

Burn the data onto the CD. To burn, copy the files from their location and paste it to your CD drive found in "My Computer." Click "Write files to CD" and follow the on-screen instructions of the "CD Writing Wizard." If you have already burned the data onto the CD, skip this step.

Search for a copy protection software over the Internet. Some of these programs are free while others will require you to pay for a fee before you can download them (See Resource list).

Save the software and install it to your computer. Reboot the computer if necessary.

Launch the program and browse the location of the CD. Look for an option that allows you to "Encrypt Files," or something similar. Select "Copy Protect," or something similar, to commence the copy protection process.

Eject the CD from the optical drive and insert it back in. Click on "My Computer," and then select your CD drive. Check if you can copy the files that are stored in the CD. If you can't or the computer prompts you that the CD is copy protected, then the copy protection process was successful.