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Old 03-06-2009, 07:37 PM
 
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I was asked on another message board about making a backup of a music CD.
This is basic stuff but the answer might be useful to a few folks here too:

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Originally Posted by Bob at LasValley 702 forums

I don't copy music CDROMs often. However, IMGBURN's CDROM-to-CDROM procedure is not difficult.

STEP 1: Download and install ImgBurn freeware. :::: The Official ImgBurn Website

STEP 2:

Insert original music CDROM in drive. Start up IMGBURN. When you start, there will be 6 choices. Click the second one "Create Image File From Disc". For a music CDROM, the default will be C:\Image.bin with a size between 400-700MB. Click on the green play arrow to start. When done remove original music CDROM. Two files C:\Image.bin and C:\Image.cue will be created. This step takes 10-15 minutes. Close IMGBURN.

STEP 3:

Insert blank CDROM in drive. Start up IMGBURN. This time, click the first choice "Write Image File to Disk". Click on the green play arrow. This will bring up a file selection browser. Select C:\Image.cue to start writing to your blank CDROM. After writing is complete, IMGBURN will open and close the drive door to start the verify process. Write+Verify should take under 10 minutes. When done, close IMGBURN and remove your new CDROM media from drive.

BTW, if you have an old CDROM writer, I definitely recommend upgrading to a more modern DVD/CDROM writer. It will save you a lot of problems. One that works well for me is the Sony Optiarc AD-7200A which sells for $24 with free shipping:

Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc AD-7200A

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Old 03-07-2009, 06:40 AM
 
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That's a lovely tutorial, but most OEM PC's (Dell, HP, etc) already have mastering software installed, no real point in installing more, and most of them have an option called copy disk, no disk image creation needed.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:12 AM
 
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... but most OEM PC's (Dell, HP, etc) already have mastering software installed ...
Interesting that you brought that up. The original poster was complaining about Dell's Multimedia trialware and how it produced bad music CDROMs. "It was broken up in places, like the sound track on a damaged DVD."
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:42 AM
 
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I didn't read the thread, but All the Dell's I've dealt with (and it is a large number) come with an OEM version of Sonic, not a trial. But all mastering software is definetly not created equal, some work better than others.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:09 PM
 
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ImageBurn rocks, it is the only burning software I use.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:23 PM
 
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ImageBurn rocks, it is the only burning software I use.
Yep, although Nero and Adaptec software is commonly supplied with various computer hardware, I always prefer using ImgBurn. It is smaller, more reliable, configurable, flexible, and overall simpler to use than the commercial products. I can do without the slick eye-candy appearance of commercial products.
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