I have some older game CDs. Even though they are copyrighted, I understand that I am allowed to make a copy to back them up in case one gets worn out or damaged.

Does anyone know of any software that will make a bit-for-bit copy of a CD?

  • Is the CD copy protected in any way? – rrirower Dec 16 '14 at 19:12
  • Yes, the CDs have various copy protection schemes. I was thinking if a bit-for-bit copy software existed, It should also copy the copy protection. I am not sure of how these various schemes work. – timf Dec 16 '14 at 20:19
  • Try CDBurnerXP. I had great success with it, although my CDs were not copy-protected. – ComFreek Dec 16 '14 at 20:48
  • Nero can also make copies. I'm not sure if it can handle the protection. – rrirower Dec 16 '14 at 22:54

I would use Nero or a similar program to make an .iso file that should be exactly what is written on the CD, then use Virtual Clone Drive to run that .iso file from your hard drive, emulating a CD.

This can be useful when they intentionally make a CD have an non-standard section as a copy-protection mechanism. This has worked for me on CD's that I could not burn a new copy (either disk-to-disk or from the intentionally malformed .iso). It seems like the burning software chokes on writing the malformed section, but the CD emulator reading the .iso doesn't care.

If there is a flaw in this approach, it would be a question of whether the software was willing to write the malformed .iso file. I think it works based on my experiences, but you will have to see for yourself.

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