How to Copy a CD

Use ImgBurn to Make a CD Copy

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You can copy a CD for a variety of reasons, like to save a scratched disc, to back up music to your computer, to copy music from one CD to another CD, to rip a software program to a digital file, etc.

There are plenty of programs that can perform CD copies, both commercial software and freeware. We'll look at how to use the free ImgBurn program to copy a CD.

In most countries, it's illegal to distribute copyrighted material without the copyright holder's permission. You should only copy a CD that you legitimately own for your own personal use. We talk a little more about this in our "dos and don'ts" of CD copying/ripping.

How to Copy a CD With ImgBurn

  1. Download ImgBurn and install it to your computer.

  2. Open the program and choose Create image file from disc. This is the option that lets you copy the CD to your computer so that you can either keep the files there or use them to make a new copy on a second CD (or third, fourth, etc.).

  3. In the "Source" area of the screen you're on now, make sure the correct CD/DVD drive has been chosen. Most people only have one, so this isn't a concern for most, but if you happen to have multiple drives, double-check that you've chosen the right one.

  4. Next, to the "Destination" section, click/tap the small folder and choose a file name and where to save the CD copy. Pick any name and folder you like, but remember the location you choose because you'll need it again soon.

  5. When you confirm the destination and are taken back to ImgBurn, click or tap the big button on the bottom of the window that's a disc with an arrow pointing to a file. This is the "Read" button that will copy the CD to your computer.

  6. You'll know the CD copy is finished when the "Complete" bar at the bottom of ImgBurn reaches 100%. There will also be an alert pop-up that tells you that the CD has been copied to the folder you specified in Step 4.

​At this point, you can stop these steps if you only wanted to copy the CD to your computer as a file. You can now use the ISO file ImgBurn made to do whatever it is you wanted, like keep it for backup purposes, open it to view the files that were on the CD, share the CD files with someone else, etc.

If you're wanting to make a CD to CD copy, continue on with these steps, which are essentially reversing the steps from above:

  1. Back on the ImgBurn screen, go to the Mode menu at the top and choose Write, or if you're on the main screen again, go to Write image file to disc.

  2. In the "Source" area, click or tap the small folder icon and locate and open the ISO file stored in the folder you picked during Step 4 above.

  3. Next, to the "Destination" area, make sure the correct CD drive is chosen from that list. It's normal to only see one there.

  4. Click/tap the button at the bottom of ImgBurn that looks like a file pointing an arrow to a disc.

  5. Similar to ripping the CD to your computer, burning the ISO file is complete when the progress bar fills up and the completion notification shows.