How to Copy a Data Disc CD

by C. Taylor

Unfortunately, Windows 7 does not offer a one-step "copy CD" feature. However, you can work around that limitation. As the description implies, data disc CDs are formatted as data, which is a format Windows readily handles. Therefore, to copy the CD, you simply have to copy the contents to the hard drive first and subsequently burn a new CD. This is the same method high-end CD copy programs use, except everything is performed in the background without manual involvement.

Step 1

Insert the CD you wish to copy in your CD/DVD drive.

Step 2

Click "Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer" on the AutoPlay pop-up.

Step 3

Click anywhere in the right-hand panel and press "Ctrl" and "A" to select all the files and folders.

Step 4

Press "Ctrl" and "C" to mark all files for copying.

Step 5

Click "Desktop" at the top of the left-hand folder tree.

Step 6

Click "New folder" at the top of the window. Type "TEMP," and press "Enter" twice to rename and access the folder.

Step 7

Press "Ctrl" and "V" to copy the CD to this temporary location.

Step 8

Eject the data CD when copying is completed and insert a blank recordable CD.

Step 9

Press "Ctrl" and "A" to select all files in the "TEMP" folder. Click any file and drag them on top of your CD burner in the left-hand panel.

Step 10

Click "With a CD/DVD player" in the "Burn a Disk" dialog box that pops up. Click "Next."

Step 11

Right-click the CD burner and select "Burn to disc."

Step 12

Enter a disc title or keep the default one. Click "Next" to copy the files.

Step 13

Right-click the "TEMP" folder, hold the "Shift" key and select "Delete" to remove temporary files and bypass the Recycle Bin.


  • This procedure should be used only for data CDs for which you have the legal right to copy. Never illegally copy or distribute a copyrighted CD.

About the Author

C. Taylor has been a professional writer since 2009. He has written for online publications and the "Journal of Asian Martial Arts." Taylor specializes in martial arts, traveling, sciences and computer repair. He received a Master of Science in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences from the College of Charleston.