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Can I copy cds and dvds using Windows 7?

by fdm2000 / February 7, 2010 10:26 PM PST

I am new to Win 7 (Home) and cannot seem to find a way to copy cds and dvds. AM I overlooking something in Win 7 that accomplishes copying?

Mary

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What I use.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 7, 2010 10:58 PM PST

Two titles I have installed to do this are:

CDBURNERXP (don't let the XP in the name fool you)

IMGBURN (for other recording needs)

About what 7 does. I found MSFT's efforts to be a nice try but bound up in what a committee would product rather than a feature that would "do that."
Bob

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if you have a burner...
by TaraS_WinTeam / February 8, 2010 3:25 AM PST
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Can I copy cds and dvds using Windows 7?
by fdm2000 / February 8, 2010 11:10 PM PST

Thanks for the response, TaraS,

I have been told that it is not possible to make copies of a cd or dvd (that is the contents of the existing disk) to a blank cd or dvd using either Windows Explorer or Media Center features.

Am I over looking something here?

Although I haven't yet tried making a cd or dvd of data files on my HDD, I am aware that either Windows Explorer or Media Center will accomplish this using my PCs burner.

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by TaraS_WinTeam / February 9, 2010 5:31 AM PST

I would first make sure you are only making Copies of CDs and DVDs that you can copy legally. Otherwise I am a bit perplexed by your request- you should be able to save the files from the disk and burn as many disks as you would like from that file.

Tara

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I don't think Windows 7 does what you want natively
by Steven Haninger / February 9, 2010 7:02 AM PST

If you're wanting disk duplicating ability, I'd go with R.Proffitt's suggestion. I use Nero 6 but also tried CDBurnerXP on my XP machine. It's compact and works fine. I haven't put it on my Win 7 machine but it's supposed to work. Windows 7's CD/DVD burning application is media oriented and not a duplicator. Burning files to disk and disk duplication are different operations. I'd give the suggested application a try. The price is right...FREE.

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Can I copy cds and dvds using Windows 7?
by fdm2000 / February 9, 2010 9:36 PM PST

Thanks for your input Steven. Perhaps I have chosen the wrong term - I guess copy means different things to different people. Your term duplicate is more descriptive of what I want to be able to do, e.g., if I create a video DVD of my granddaughter in a singing contest I want to be able to make copies (duplicates) for my family.

I downloaded ImgBurn but haven't tried copying yet, although it doesn't look to be too user friendly or intuitive. Perhaps I should give CDBurner a look.

Mary

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You're right.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 9, 2010 10:00 PM PST

It doesn't look friendly but it's a good tool to have. Yes you could duplicate a CD/DVD with it but it's a few steps where CDBURNERXP would be less with a click on the Copy Data DVD button. Hint: A video DVD is a data dvd when using these copy programs.
Bob

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Can I copy cds and dvds using Windows 7?
by fdm2000 / February 9, 2010 10:11 PM PST
In reply to: You're right.

Thanks again, Bob. CDBurnerXP may not be as robust as ImgBurn, but I like the one click to copy feature that you mention. I will give it a try.

Mary

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Re: Can I copy cds and dvds using Windows 7?
by Windows7Guy / March 26, 2010 3:39 AM PDT

Hello fdm2000,

Yes, it will work, I use the same programs.

Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/w7itpro/ . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to check the threads available there for additional assitance and support.

John M
Microsoft Windows Client Team

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Can I copy cds and dvds using Windows 7?
by fdm2000 / March 26, 2010 11:24 PM PDT

John,
Thanks for the response and the Win7 forum link.

Mary

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