Copying CDs to hard drive

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by davidr1970, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. davidr1970 macrumors newbie

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    OK, I have a question so basic I'm a bit embarrassed to ask, but here goes: How do I make an exact copy of my CDs to my Mac's hard drive?

    Please note, I am NOT talking about a simple import to iTunes, where my files are converted to MP3 or lossless or some other format. I mean an EXACT copy. I can make copies of individual songs no problem, simply drag and drop them to a folder, but what I'm looking for is a copy of the entire CD, including any encoded information beyond what is in the individual songs.

    Thanks all!
     
  2. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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  3. treestar macrumors 6502

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    How? I think the OP wanted to save an entire disk image, which is tricky with Red Books because each track is it's own, plus the TOC.
     
  4. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    Generally when people ask this question this they are looking for an Exact Audio Copy equivalent for mac. If you have a better idea why don't you politely suggest it rather than jumping down my throat.
     
  5. treestar macrumors 6502

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    I'm sorry! I was actually genuinely asking how. I would like to know. I wanted to backup my CD collection as disk images in the past when I used PCs. I learned then and there that you can't make an .ISO of an audio cd. I honestly would like to get into archiving my CDs as disk images, and it seemed the OP wanted to do the same. He/She was pretty clear that he/she didn't want to make copies of individual tracks, whether they were lossless or lossy. You suggest XLD. I have XLD and I was curious how to do it.

    Either XLD can do something I am not aware of (please show me!) or XLD doesn't help the OP. Reread his/her question.
     
  6. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    Saving as a single image file with a cue and log file is probably the closest you can get.
     

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