Would you like to create backup copies of your CDs or DVDs? I don't see where the problem is. Get blank media and use burning software to make a 1: 1 copy of your discs. How do you say? Would you like to create backups that are easy to move, organize and save to other devices, such as portable hard drives and NAS? Then in this case you have to create ISO images.
ISO images are containers, let's even say uncompressed archives to simplify the speech as much as possible, in which all the data on CD and DVD can be saved in order to include them in a single file. Once obtained, ISO images can be moved, copied and archived like any other file. They can also be burned onto blank floppy disks to get a 1: 1 copy of the source floppy and can be “mounted” into virtual drives, so you can read the contents without actually burning a new floppy.
In short: if you are looking for a way to safely archive your CDs and DVDs, you have found it! At this point, therefore, I would say not to get lost in chatter and to see how to extract ISO files from DVD or CDusing a Windows computer, a Mac or a PC on which a Linux distribution has been installed. I assure you that this is a much simpler and more intuitive operation than you imagine. Happy reading and have fun!
How to Extract ISO Files on Windows
If you want extract ISO files from DVDs and CDs and use a PC Windows, I highly recommend you to install ImgBurn: It is a free burning software focused on copying and burning ISO files. It also supports writing data CDs and DVDs and audio CDs, but ISO image processing is its main selling point. Unfortunately it hasn't been updated in some time, but it still works great even on the latest versions of Windows.
To download ImgBurn on your PC, you need to connect to the program's website and first click on the item Mirror x – Provided by MajorGeeks which is located in the center of the page and then on the link [email protected]. When the download is complete, double-click on it and open the file you just downloaded (SetupImgBurn_xx.exe) and first click on Yesand 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 click your cousin Next for five consecutive times (remove the check from the item relating to promotional software, such as dropbox) and then on Yes e Finish to finish the installation process and start ImgBurn.
By default, ImgBurn is in English. To translate the program into Italian, close the program (if it is open) and download the Italian translation from here. Then extract the file italian.lng contained in the archive just downloaded in the folder C:Program Files (x86)ImgBurnLanguages and start the program. When the main ImgBurn window appears, go to the menu Tools > Settings, select the voice Italian (Italy) give menu to tendin Language and click on OK per salvare i Cambiomenti.
Now that ImgBurn is in Italian, insert the CD / DVD from which you want to obtain an ISO image in your computer's CD / DVD drive and click on the item Create a disk image present in the main program screen.
In the window that opens, make sure that in the drop-down menu Origin the drive of your CD / DVD burner is selected, then click on the small one folder shaped icon found under the heading Destination, choose the folder where you want to save the ISO image of your disk and select the item ISO files (*.iso) give menu to tendin Save eat.
At this point, pigia sul pulsating Save, fai clic sull 'grade icon with CD and sheet located at the bottom left and wait for the ISO image extraction procedure to be completed (the duration of the process depends on the amount of data to be copied).
You can create ISO files from any type of CD and DVD, from simple data discs with backups, photos, etc. to DVD movies, music CDs, video games and so on. Unfortunately, it is not possible to directly copy the diskettes they have recent copy protections: for those you have to turn to ad hoc solutions such as AnyDVD (for a fee) that remove the protections from DVDs in real time and therefore allow you to "clone" them using software like ImgBurn. To learn more, read my tutorial on how to rip a DVD.
How to Extract ISO Files on Mac
If you use a Poppy, you can easily create ISO images of your CDs and DVDs using Burn: a free burning software that, alas, hasn't been updated for some time but works quite well with the latest versions of macOS (I tested it on macOS 10.12 Sierra).
To download Burn on your Mac, connected to its official website and click on the item Download Burn which is located at the bottom right. Then open thezip archive that you just downloaded to your computer, extract its contents to any folder and copy the icon of Burn Energy Drink in the folder Applications say macOS.
At this point, start Burn by right clicking on its icon and selecting the item apri from the menu that appears (this operation is only necessary at first boot to bypass macOS restrictions), select the tab Copy from the window that opens, click on the button Scan…, choose the drive of your CD / DVD burner and click the button Save to start creating the ISO image.
If Burn does not work properly, you can rely onDisk Utility macOS, which is included "standard" in all versions of the Apple operating system and - perhaps not everyone knows - allows you to create image files of any type of disk. The images it creates are in CDR format, but it doesn't take much to convert them to ISO.
If you want to know more, open now Disk Utility from the folder Other of the Launchpad. Then select the icon of yours diskette from the left sidebar and go to the menu File> New Image> Image from [disk name] which is located at the top left.
Nella finestra che si apre, select the voice master DVD/CD give menu to tendin Format and the voice none from the menu Encode; expand the menu located in to select the folder in which to save your image file (the file name must be specified in the field Save as) and click on your button Save to start copying the data. To start the operation, you may be asked to type the password of your user account on macOS.
At the end of the procedure, as already mentioned, you will get an image file in CDR and not in ISO format. To convert the CDR image file to ISO, open the terminal (located in the folder Other Launchpad) and issue the following command.
- sudo hdiutil makehybrid -iso -joliet -o [ISO] [CDR] where instead of [ISO] and [CDR] you must enter the full path and name of the ISO file to be obtained and of the source CDR file. If you want convenience, you can also drag the CDR file to the Terminal window. This way its path and its name will be automatically reported on the command line.
How to Extract ISO Files on Linux
Now let's move on to Linux, And more precisely to Ubuntu, which is one of the most used Linux distributions in the world. To extract ISO files from DVDs and CDs using Ubuntu, I highly recommend you to use Brasero: it is an excellent burning software that allows you to burn discs of various types (data CDs and DVDs, audio CDs, video DVDs and more) and to copy / burn image files in ISO format. All free.
If you have not yet installed Brasero on your PC, open theUbuntu Software Center (the shopping bag icon located on the left sidebar), search Brazier in the latter and proceed to install the software by clicking on the button Install which is next to its icon. Then type the password of your user account on Ubuntu and that's it.
Once the download is complete, start Brazier choosing its Ubuntu menu icon, click the button Disc copy, select your CD / DVD burner drive from the drop-down menu Choose the disk to copy, make sure that in the drop-down menu Select a disc to write to the option is selected Image file and presses the button Property.
In the window that opens, set the item ISO9660 image from the drop-down menu Disc Image Type, choose the folder in which to save the ISO file and first click on Save and then Create image to start creating the image file.
How to Use ISO Files
As mentioned above, once obtained, ISO files can be used in various ways. To know how, read my tutorial on how to mount ISO files in which I explained how to view the contents of ISO files without burning them and my tutorial on how to burn ISO files in which, instead, I explained how to burn the contents of the ISO files on CD and DVD.