This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
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
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
Some suggestions for software good at copying a variety of discs:
Very good at copying difficult (esp. copy-protected) discs.
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.
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