How to cleanly and safely copy CDs for personal use

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Tutorials, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. Tutorials macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2009
    Disclaimer: This tutorial is meant for personal, private use only. It should not be used for any illegal activities. I am not responsible for, nor do I condone, resale of illegal movies and/or games, or any other copyrighted material.

    This tutorial requires blank discs of the same type as you are burning from (Copying a DVD will require a blank DVD)

    To start, you need one LEGAL copy of the CD. It can be any kind of CD, from a game, like Halo 3 or Age of Mythology, to a Music CD (Best of Michael Jackson?).
    Insert your disc and open Disk Utility. Highlight the disk in the sidebar. Then, click 'New Image.' It will make an .iso image and copy it to your desktop. This will take about 20 minutes depending on the size of the disk (20 minutes for about 500MB). Now you need to make a new disc:
    1. Launch Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities).
    2. Insert your blank DVD or CD.
    3. Drag and drop your .iso file to the left pane in Disk Utility. Now both the blank disk and the .iso should be listed.
    4. Select the .iso file you want to burn to disc, and click on the Burn button. A dialog box confirming the destination (your blank CD/DVD) will appear.
    5. Sit back and wait while your new disc gets written!

    Common errors:
    write code -61: This means your disk is scratched.
    If it successfully completes the burn, it will notify you. You should now have two fully working copies of one disc.

    Thanks for reading! Next up: Your suggestions
  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    If you happen to have dual burners on hand (external, two internals, whatever), you can skip steps 1-3, and for step 4 simply select the disk to be cloned instead of the .iso file.
  3. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007

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