copy from cdr to hard disc

January 23, 2011 at 08:10:53
Specs: Windows XP
I am an 'old timer' who is trying to get familiar with the Computer. I am trying to copy from a CDR music to a blank cd. I have tried to put the cdmusic to my hard drive but although it shows in my documents it does not play unless the cdr is in the cdr drive. Do not know why. I have only cdr drive - can you give me information by step by step (for idiots). My computer is XP and to be honest is quite old.

See More: copy from cdr to hard disc

Report •


#1
January 23, 2011 at 09:09:50
If you're trying to get music off of a commercial cd, you need to Rip it. Use this program to rip the music from the cd.

http://download.cnet.com/Free-CD-Ri...


Report •

#2
January 23, 2011 at 09:12:53
Unless you "Rip it" (as stated) all that will happen is that you will copy the cda files from the CD to the HD. Think of these as just shortcuts to the CD.

We all live on a ball.


Report •

#3
January 23, 2011 at 09:23:45
I started making this post when there were no responses.
.........

XP has a built in simple CD "burning" program, but you must have a "burner" drive in order to copy any files to a blank CD (a "burnable" CD).

If you just want to not have to have the CD in a drive when you want to hear the music that's on it......

Method 1.

Remove the audio CD from the drive it is in, or eject the drive's tray with the audio CD still on it (press the button for that on the front of the drive).

When Windows is running, place the audio CD in a drive, retract the tray (into the drive), or if it's already on the tray, retract the tray (press the button for that on the front of the drive).

Windows should automatically pop up a window titled Audio CD.

If it does....
Select Open folder to view files, click on OK at the bottom of the Audio CD window.

(If it doesn't, see Method 2 or Method 3.)

In the top bar of the resulting screen, select Edit, then select Select all.

In the list on the left side of that screen, select
Copy the selected items.

Choose where you want the audio files to be copied to.

E.g. Scroll to the top of the list of locations, click on My Documents, click on My Music so it's highlighted in blue, select the Make New Folder button, RIGHT click on the created New Folder , select Rename and type a name for the CD contents, press Enter.
(hold down the backspace key to wipe New Folder from the highlighted box, type the title you want)
Make sure the folder you named is still highlighted - if it isn't click on it.
Click on Copy at the bottom of the Window.

Whenever you want to play the files that were on the audio CD, you can go to where you placed them in Windows Explorer and click on them,
Or - if you placed them in My Documents or My Music, you can click on that and go to the folder you placed the files in, and click on them.
Or - you can run Windows Media Player or whatever other program you have that will play audio CDs and have it search for music files anywhere on the computer, and the files on the CD you copied will be somewhere in the lists.


Method 2.
If Windows does NOT automatically pop up a window titled Audio CD when you insert the CD, it plays it instead, or nothing happens.......

Close the program that's playing the CD, if that applies.

You can't use My Computer itself to copy the files on the CD to a location on the hard drive . You need to use Windows Explorer.

Start - All Programs - Accessories - Windows Explorer

Click on My Computer in the list

Click on the drive letter for a CD drive that the audio disk is in.

In the top bar on the screen, select Edit, then select Select all.

Place your cursor over any of the highlighted audio files, RIGHT click, select Copy.

In the Windows Explorer list, on the left, choose a location to copy the files to.

E.g. click on the My Music folder so it's highlighted.

In the top bar on the screen select File - New - Folder
RIGHT click on the created New Folder on the right side of the screen, choose Rename, and type a name for the CD contents, press Enter
(hold down the backspace key to wipe New Folder from the highlighted box, type the title you want)

RIGHT click on the name of that folder, select Paste.

Whenever you want to play the files that were on the audio CD, you can go to where you placed them in Windows Explorer and click on them,
Or - if you placed them in My Documents or My Music, you can click on that and go to the folder you placed the files in, and click on them.
Or - you can run Windows Media Player or whatever other program you have that will play audio CDs and have it search for music files anywhere on the computer, and the files on the CD you copied will be somewhere in the lists.
...............

(added after other responses appeared)

Method 3.
You could do as Grasshopper suggested.
.......

(original content)

"burner" drive - a CD-RW drive, or a combo CD-RW / DVD-RW drive that can place files on a "burnable" disk
RW - Read / Write - it can both read disks and write to disks ("burn" disks).

"burnable" disks - e.g. a CD-R, or a CD-RW blank disk that data can be written to (placed on).

If you want to install a "burner" drive, and if your computer is a desktop computer...

If your computer cpu speed is relatively slow, say, less than 1ghz, you need to buy a CD-RW drive because your computer will not be able to "burn" or play DVD disks well.
They're relatively rare these days, local places that have computer pieces may not stock any, but you should be able to buy a new one off the web.
(Or you could buy a "combo" DVD "burner" drive locally easily and just not use it for DVDs, particularly for "burning" DVDs - see next.)

If the computer CPU speed is greater than 1ghz or so, buy a "combo" DVD "burner" drive - one that can read and "burn" both CDs and DVDs.
You probably need an IDE, a.k.a. EIDE or PATA DVD "burner" drive, not a SATA one.

(added)

If your mboard supports ATA66 or UDMA 66 IDE drive speeds or greater, you need to use an 80 wire data cable with new and recent "combo" DVD "burner" drives to support the max speeds of the DVD features. You can buy 80 wire (rated for UDMA 66 or ATA66 or greater) data cables locally.

80 wire data cables must have the proper end connector connected to the mboard IDE header - usually that's blue, but in any case it's the one farther from the middle connector on a 3 connector data cable.


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
September 5, 2011 at 22:58:13
Hi, if you can play the CDR music on your computer, you could try to use a CD ripper on a streaming audio recorder (googled) and then start to rip music onto hard disk directly. Of course, there should be CD driver on your computer.

Report •

Ask Question