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Copying CD read-only audio files to hard drive

by mullaq8 / September 12, 2009 6:27 AM PDT

I'm trying to copy some audio files on my CD that are flagged as read-only so whenever I try to simply copy paste them, I get empty files copied.
Is there anyway that I can copy these files to my hard-drive?

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What type of CD? EG, what data is on it?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 12, 2009 6:30 AM PDT

There shouldn't be any problem with Read only files. It just means they can be read, but not altered. If I have a CD that I copied data to, (burned files to), they will all be read-only, but I can copy them back to the hard disk.

If this is an Audio CD, then there will not be any music tracks as such, and they cannot be copied.


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Re: CD files
by Kees Bakker / September 12, 2009 8:52 PM PDT

What kind of a CD is it. An audio cd or a data CD?

From a data CD you can just copy-paste and drag and drop the files.
To get music from an audio CD on your hard disk you have to "rip" it using your favorite "ripping program".

The essence of an audio CD is that all you see in My Computer or Windows Explorer are a few (very) small files like track01.cda, track02.cda and so on. But you don't see the music files, so you can't copy them.

Did you check the filename (full filename, including extension) and filesize) number of bytes) of the files you want to copy? The average music file on a CD is 600 MB for 60 minutes, so 10 Mb per minute.



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Copying CD read-only audio files to hard drive
by badhusa786 / November 18, 2011 10:03 PM PST
In reply to: Re: CD files

Its an audio cd, It mentions its type as = Winamp media file named as track01.Size = 44 bytes.i tried to copy by exploring the the cd drive - right click on the file name - copy - and then pasted in a folder on my desk top.And also i tried to copy by copying the file directly to my desk top as normal, it gets pasted but no content is available inside the copied file.Im new to these things so if you could teach me i could learn some. Thank you.

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Re: copying cd audio files to hard drive
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 21, 2011 6:56 AM PST
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Copying CD read-only audio files to hard drive
by badhusa786 / November 17, 2011 9:29 PM PST

I too have the same problem here.So if u would have found out a way kindly share with me.

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Re: copying audio files
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 17, 2011 9:34 PM PST

Can you tell more?
- What kind of CD (data or audio)?
- What files (size, extension)?
- How do you try to copy them?
- What happens?


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