22 Comments to How to copy optical discs (CD, DVD or Blu-Ray) in Windows

  1. mad.madrasi says:

    my favorite is ImgBurn; no hassles, straight forward and dang easy.

  2. Ray Grubbe says:

    re.How to Copy a Disc (CD, DVD or Blu-Ray) in Windows

    If the content of the .iso file cannot fit onto the target disc, will the burning program automatically ask you to put in a second (or third) disc and burn playable images to them? If not, how can the image be split, assuming no compression is desired?

    1. Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Almost every CD-R can hold between 660 and 690 Mb DATA but usually the CD-R TotalSpace is physically set to 650 – 659 Mb. The extra space is normally used for the mandatory 90 seconds lead-out area. By shortening this lead-out area, extra DATA can be written to the CD-R. This method of writing a CD-R is called OverSizing or OverBurning. Source.

      Burning programs can generally deal with such scenarios. But, if the image is a lot bigger than the space available they won’t be splitting images for you. You have to do that manually.

  3. Vcthompson says:

    I like to make backup copies of all the software I buy. IE: WINDOWS, WORD, TURBOTAX, ETC. Can I use the basic CD copiers you recommend for this, or do I need a program for “protected” cds/dvds ????

    1. Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      There is no rule that applies to all software distributed on CDs or DVDs. Some have copy protection systems, other do not. You have to try and see for yourself.

      However, Windows installation discs are generally copy protected.

    2. GRS says:

      CDBurnerXP. Don’t let the name scare you.
      I use it a l l the time. It works with current versions of Windows, and it’s updated often -and free.
      Get it at Download dotcom.

  4. Rose says:

    How do you format and write (at the same time) to a CD-R disc with data or music?
    Also, how do you make a DVD+R bootable with an .iso file?
    I am a new user to recording on CDs and DVDs. I do not understand most of this lingo. Step-by-step woould be great!

    1. Rose says:

      More info: Using WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE SP1

  5. Abi says:

    Thank you … this worked perfectly for me and saved me hours of my time. I’ve book marked your pages as they’re brilliant. Thanks again

  6. Irnav says:

    How can the Copy-protected educational CDs & DVDs are copied. After copied this way while playing says insert original CD instead of Backedup.

  7. Gary Kressner says:

    Thank you so much for this EXCELLENT tutorial! Tasks like this should be intuitive, but often it is less than so. People like you who take the time to write tutorials like this to help save others time and frustration should be commended – so commendations to you!

  8. G. W. Almy says:

    I used to be able to copy any CD directly to another in Windows XP Pro using Roxio Easy CD Creator Platinum 5. Nero 6 also performed this function admirably. Yes, I could copy any CD. Is there any software out there to do a direct CD to CD in Windows 7 Pro?

    1. GRS says:

      CDBurnerXP -*do not* let the name scare you.
      I use it all the time. Very simple. It’s updated regularly and it’s free. I have Win7Ultimate.
      get it at Download dotcom

      1. Burner says:

        Thanks for your review and promotion, developer of CDburnerxp

  9. skip says:

    Norton will not allow me to download this program and i cannot foigure how to get around it.


    1. Alan Lees says:

      get rid of norton

  10. Alan Lees says:

    this program is useless in windows 10

  11. John Roberts says:

    I used your guide to copy a music CD to RW disc. Because I assumed it was protected I used your AnyDVD HD link to download ClonceCD by SlySoft and burned the CD. The reason for copying is that I wanted to compile a disc with my own tracks. CloneCD didn’t allow me to select only certain tracks for copying so I hoped I could edit/delete tracks afterwards. But then I realised you can’t do this with unformatted RW discs – they become Read only in Mastered Format, even in Media Player, but can be used in a CD player. I understand that if I format the disc in the Live File System (using the Universal Disc Format) before burning then I will be able to delete individual files/tracks. However, I guess this means I wouldn’t be able to play it in a CD player, which is the whole point of the exercise? Any ideas for achieving what I want?
    If possible, I ideally also want to burn extra tracks from another CD on to the same RW disc but am guessing this is also very problematic?
    btw, I’m overseas using a VISTA OS laptop, but will be back home in 2 weeks where I use my Windows 10 laptop, if that makes any difference.

  12. john says:

    maybe i didn’t read carefully but i though you said you cannot copy an unprotected dvd in win-10 — i just did using windows explorer by dragging my F drive (RO) on top of my E drive (RW – containing a blank disk); first it copied the image some where, then i right clicked on the E drive and selected burn — done

    1. Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      If you managed to copy it without special tools, it wasn't copy protected.

  13. cooloneman says:

    Although this tutorial is very useful, the operation steps are really too complicated and it is really unfriendly for people who are just touching the field of copy disc. I suggest that novices can try wonderfox DVD ripper pro, just import disc DVD to automate copy to digital video conversion. Of course, you can also copy disc to your computer and mobile devices.

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