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Copy DVD/Blu-ray or CD on WindowsIf you’re looking for a way to create a copy of your CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray disc, then you’re in luck. This guide discusses, in detail, the key steps that you need to take to make a copy of any disc. It also covers some of the best tools for copying and burning CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray discs. The following key points will help you understand the process of disc copying:
- The most important point is that you first need to make a disc image of the disc that you’re trying to copy. A disc image contains the same contents as the disc; it is in fact, an entire sector-by-sector duplicate of the disc, and is saved into one file. Consequently, the size of this file will be the same as the size of data stored on the disc. ‘iso’ is the most common disc image file format.
- Secondly, note that the discs you commonly purchase with copyrighted media content are copy-protected. They usually contain contents such as movies, games or music albums. These type of discs cannot be copied by typical disc burning and copying applications. Therefore, there will be a need for special tools that can bypass copy-protection, create disc images of such a disc, and eventually copy its data on some other disc. Make sure you first make copies of such discs before you do anything – you may need the backup data for personal use later on.
Few of the best free applications for creating disk images are listed below:
- ImgBurn is a tool that can be used for copying any type of disc. This tool is the best choice if you’re concerned with only copying, and not any other kinds of disc burning activities.
- CDBurnerXP is the most preferred tool when it comes to copying a disc as it works for all types of discs. When you install this software, make sure you do not mistakenly install the unnecessary software that is bundled with it. CDBurnerXP creates a ‘.iso.' Disk image file then burns it to another disc.
- BurnAware Free is another costless tool that allows the creation of disk image and burning images to a disc. It is preferred by users who want a light-weight software for copying discs. However, this tool does not support on-the-fly copying.
Here is a step by step guide on how to copy a disc using ImgBurn?
- Download and Install ImgBurn disc burning software from this link: Click Here
- Insert the disc that you wish to copy to your disc drive.
- Start ImgBurn and click on the ‘Create image file from disc’ option as shown below.
- Once you click on the option above, you will have to choose a Destination for your image file. To do so, click on the ‘browse’ button (as shown).
- Click on the disc to image file button (shown below) and your image file will be created.
- Eject the original disc from the disc drive and insert a blank disc (on which you want to create the copy of the original disc).
- Click on the ‘Write image file to disc’ option as shown below.
- Click on the ‘Browse’ button in the Source field and select the Image File from the location that you saved it in.
- Click on the image file to disc button as shown below.
- You have successfully created a copy of your disc! This method works perfectly on any Windows Computer with any DVD, CD or Blu-Ray. If you have a problem while copying the DVD, leave us a comment below.