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3-1] How do I copy a CD-ROM?




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This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (fadden@fadden.com) with numerous contributions by others.

3-1] How do I copy a CD-ROM?

(2002/12/02)

Just about every piece of CD recording software comes with a CD copier.
In some cases it's a stand-alone extra, in some it's integrated with
other features, and in a few cases the software does nothing else.

Most disc copying software will allow you to make a CD image on a hard
drive that can then be written to multiple CDs. A few will allow you
to record the same image to multiple CD recorders simultaneously (see
section (3-17)).

It's important to remember that, when copying directly from one CD to
another, the source MUST be faster than the target, and must be
error-free. If the source pauses or spins down to read a marginal area of
the disc, the target may outrun the source, and the CD-R will only be
useful as a frisbee. Most programs have a "test write" feature that put
the CD-R device into a mode where it goes through all the motions but
doesn't actually write anything; it's a good idea to do this right before
copying something for the first time.

If you're wondering about copying Mac CD-ROMs on a PC or vice-versa, see
section (3-50).

Some suggestions for software good at copying a variety of discs:

CloneCD (6-1-49)
Very good at copying difficult (esp. copy-protected) discs.
CDRWIN (6-1-7)
Good at copying discs, also very nice for fancy audio CDs.
Disc Juggler (6-1-27)
Can copy to more than one device at a time.
CDRDAO (6-1-47)
Runs under a wide variety of operating systems.

For copying simple audio CDs and un-protected CD-ROMs, standard
applications like Nero or Toast will work just fine.

See section (2-4) for more information about copy protection, section
(3-51) for the details on "RAW" reads, and (3-4) for some notes on game
console discs.


 

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