How to make a copy of a CD (Windows)


This document covers the step-by-step process for creating a duplicate CD from an existing CD. At the end of this how-to, you will have a compact disc, readable in both Macintosh and Windows computers.

Note: All of the computers in GroundWorks now have CD burning capabilities! However, for this application we recommend that you use one of our CD Writing Stations so that other users can make use of the unique peripherals at the other stations. The CD Writing stations are also equipped with 2 CD drives, which make copying CD's much faster and easier.

Before you get started...

You will need to gather the following items:


The CD you plan to duplicate. Make sure to bring the CD you plan to copy with you to GroundWorks


Blank CD-Rs or CD-RWs. These can be found at most stores where electronics are sold, the Pierpont Commons Bookstore, or the Reserve Desk on the second floor of the Media Union.

CD-RWs can be erased and rewritten at a later date, while CD-Rs, once written, cannot be reused. More information on CD quality can be found in the Related Documents section at the end of this how-to.

Step 1: Setup the CD-writing application


Find and open the Nero- Burning Rom application.

2. If the Choose Recorder window appears, select the Samsung CDRW drive. This window will only appear the first time you use the Nero software.


The application will immediately open the Nero Wizard application. This program will guide you quickly through the steps of copying a CD.

In the Nero Wizard window, select CD to indicate that you would like to create a CD, and click Next.

3. Select Copy a CD, and click Next.

4. The Nero Wizard now wants to know which drive we want our original CD to be read from. Since we don't want to read our CD from the same drive we selected to write to, select the Source drive shown below.

Select Fast copy (on-the-fly) and click Next.

2. Select the desired Write Speed and click Burn.

Your CD will be finished faster if you choose a faster Write Speed, but a faster Write Speed also increases the possibility of computer error. Though we can't guarantee that your CD will burn correctly at the fastest write speed, in most cases there will not be any problems.

Step 2: Write the disc


A window will appear asking for your original CD. Insert your original CD into the drive that has automatically opened and close the CD drive.


The Nero application will quickly read your disk and then ask for your empty CD. Insert your blank CD into the drive that has automatically opened and close the CD drive.


The Write CD window will allow you to monitor the progress of your disc.


A window will appear indicating when your disc has finished being written. Click OK.


Your disc is finished, click Discard in the Nero - Burning Rom window and exit the Nero - Burning Rom application. Your new CD will automatically eject from the computer. Eject your original CD-ROM disc as well.


You now have a high quality CD which is exactly the same as your original source CD.

Next Steps


We recommend that you test the disc by opening the files on the computer you are using or another computer.


The way you choose to label your disc may affect the quality of playback. Research the best method to suit your needs by referring to the link in the Related documents section below.

Related documents

Choosing blank media for music CDs
Suggestions from

Detailed information on blank media
Even more info -- this time from

More info about "buffer underrun"
Description of what causes this and how it can turn your CD into a very nice coaster.

Be sure to label your disc. Here's a link to some solutions, and issues to watch out for.

"The 7 Fatal Mistakes of Storing Data, Music, & Photos on CDs"
White paper discussing issues involved in storing data on CDs, particularly for long-term storage.

This document was written by Heather Campbell.

Last modified July, 2003