Do you need to copy a floppy disk to your computer but you don't know the correct procedure to follow? Would you like to "rip" a music CD in order to save all the songs it contains on your PC but you don't know which program to use? Don't worry, you've come to the right place at the right time.
With today's tutorial, we'll find out together how to copy a CD to PC to transfer documents, photos, videos, applications and any other type of file from diskettes to your computer. Believe me, this is an extremely simple operation to complete. It also does not involve any cost: there are many free software suitable for the purpose.
As for music CDs, from what I understand you would like to extrapolate the audio tracks present within them and save them on your PC in a more common format, such as MP3, right? Then don't worry, even in this case there are lots of free programs that can help you. Just think, some of them may even already be installed on your computer. So, what are you waiting for to start? Take a few minutes of free time and keep reading, you will find all the information you need right below.
Copy a Data CD to the PC
If you want to copy a disk containing documents, videos, photos, games or other data to your PC, you need to create a image file of the latter. Image files are like (uncompressed) archives in which all the files on the source CD are stored. They are very practical, easy to obtain and can contain any type of file.
If you are using a Windows PC and want to create a CD image file, I recommend using ImgBurn. It is a free application that allows you to copy and burn CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray of any kind. It is very simple to use and supports the vast majority of CD, DVD and Blu-Ray players on the market. To download it to your computer, connect to its official website and click on the item first Mirror x – Provided by MajorGeeks and then [email protected].
When the download is complete, open the file SetupImgBurn_x.x.exe that you have just downloaded on your PC and, in the window that opens, click first on Yes and then Next. Then accept the conditions of use of the program, putting the check mark next to the item I accept the terms of the License Agreement, and complete the setup by clicking on first Next 5 consecutive times and then on Finish.
If you are asked to download additional promotional software during setup, such as REACHit o AVG Zen, refuse by removing the check mark (or not putting it) on the items that concern them.
By default, the ImgBurn user interface is in English but, if you want, you can translate it into Italian by downloading a special file from the Internet. The file in question is italian.lng which you can download by clicking here and which must be extracted in the folder C:Program Files (x86)ImgBurnLanguages of the PC.
You are now ready to copy your floppy using ImgBurn. Then start the program by clicking on its icon on the desktop, press the button Create a disk image, make sure that in the drop-down menu Origin the CD drive you want to copy is selected and click on the icon gialla poster located at the bottom left to choose the folder in which to save the disk image file.
When done, set the reading speed you want for your disk (MAX is fine too) and click on the icon CD with blue arrow and white sheet beside it to start copying the data.
At the end of the procedure, you will get an image file in ISO that you can burn on another disk (using ImgBurn or other software suitable for the purpose) or you can "mount" on your PC to view its contents. If you don't know how to mount ISO files, check out my tutorial dedicated to the topic.
Utility Disco (Mac)
If you use a Poppy, you can copy your diskettes to your computer using Disk Utility, the default macOS application for managing disks and partitions. How does it work? I'll explain it to you right away.
The first step you need to take is to open Disk Utility clicking on its icon in the folder Other of the Launchpad, then you have to select the name of the CD from the sidebar of the program and you have to go to the menu File> New Image> Image from [CD title] which is located at the top left.
In the window that opens, set the option Master DVD / CD give menu to tendin Format, select the folder in which to save the image file and click on Save to start copying the data. You will get a file in cdr which you can use as a common ISO file.
To turn the CDR file into a real ISO format file, open the terminal e dai il command sudo hdiutil makehybrid -iso -joliet -o [ISO path] [CDR path], where instead of [ISO path] e [CDR path] you have to enter the full path of the image file you want to get and the source one.
Please note: if Disk Utility does not give the desired results, you can create image files from your CDs using the free Burn application.
Copy an Audio CD to the PC
Now let's move on to the second part of this tutorial on how to copy a CD to PC, the one in which we will deal with audio CDs.
Windows Media Player (Windows)
If you use Windows and want to copy songs from a music CD to your PC (an operation that in technical jargon is called "ripping"), rely on Windows Media Player, the historic multimedia player included in almost all versions of the Microsoft operating system.
To “rip” an audio CD with Windows Media Player, all you have to do is open the program and select the title of the disk from the left sidebar. After that you have to go to the menu Copy CD Settings> Format which is at the top right, you need to select the output format you prefer among MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC e ALAC and you need to select one sound quality from the special menu (I recommend 320 Kbps, which is the highest quality).
Once you've adjusted all Windows Media Player settings, put the check mark next to track titles to copy to the PC and click on the button Copy from CD (top left) to start the data transfer. The output files will be saved in the folder Music of the PC.
iTunes (Mac / Windows)
If you use a Poppy, you can “rip” audio CDs with iTunes, Apple's hugely popular multimedia software that is included in all versions of macOS and is also available as a free download for Windows.
The process of importing music CDs into iTunes is extremely intuitive. After opening the program and inserting the disk into your computer, answer Yes the warning that appears on the screen (Do you want to import [CD title] into iTunes library?) And that's it.
By default, songs are saved as AAC files. If you want to change the output format and / or the quality of the songs obtained, go to the menu iTunes> Preferences, select the scheda General of the window that opens and click on the button Import settings which is located at the bottom right.
In the window that opens, then select the output format you prefer (eg. MP3) from the drop-down menu Import using and select the desired quality from the drop-down menu below. Easier than that?