making backups of install disks?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 16, 2005
I'm about to take the plunge and get a powerbook. My work is paying for Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS and Quark. I will be taking the pbook on the road, and would like to have the install cds with me in case something should go wrong and I need to install, but I don't want to carry the install disks, I'd rather take a backup copy and leave the originals at home or at the office. So what's the easiest way to make copies of my install disks?

I would guess this is legal since I'll own them and I wont be distributing them or anything, but I would also guess there could be some problems copying them. Being a total mac newb, I have no idea how to do this. I was told something at work about creating a .dmg or something.

You all seem to be extremely knowledgeable on macs (imagine that), so I figured this is the place to ask. Thanks guys (and possibly gals)



macrumors 68040
Nov 9, 2004
Salt Lake City, UT
You can use disk utility to create disk images (.dmg files) from the install CDs, and then burn those images to CD-R in order to make back ups. It's actually quite simple. Just insert the CD you want to copy, open disk utility (in your Applications -> Utilities folder), click on the CD icon on the left side, and then go to the Images menu, then New, then "Image from <disk>" where <disk> is the name of the CD you want to copy. A box will pop up asking what you want to call the disk image, and has a couple options. Type whatever you want for the name, and change the image format to "DVD/CD Master," then hit SAVE. When the disk is done being ripped, eject it and insert a blank CD. Select the disk image you just created in Disk Utility (if it doesn't show up in the left column, just drag it in their from wherever you saved it), and hit burn. It'll give you some options for the burn (self-explanatory), which you can change if you'd like. Click burn, and wait for the disk to burn, and you're done!

I hope you enjoy your new Mac. I switched 6 months or so ago, and can't imagine buying another Windows PC again.


macrumors 6502a
If the CDs are copy protected, then trying to rip them and burn a CD will not work. There is at present no commonly known way to successfully copy protected game or software CDs on the Mac. The PC is a different story.

There may be some underground knowledge about how to do it, but I have not found it and I have looked very hard for just that thing.

FYI I have tried Toast and Disk Utility to copy protected CDs and it doesn't even get started before an error stops the process.
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