How to Copy a CD to another CD with only 1 Drive (6 Easy Ways)

How to Copy a CD to another CD

This tutorial will show you step by step how to copy a CD to another blank CD on a PC with only 1 CD/DVD drive – in a few different ways using free and paid software.

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Copying CDs using free and paid ($) software:

Note: You will need a PC with a CD burning drive.

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Copying CDs

If you don't want to risk damaging your favorite CDs, then it's a good idea to make copies of them, store the originals in cases and only use the copies.

In order to duplicate a CD, you'll need a computer with a CD burner drive and a blank CD.

Tip: If you want to copy an audio CD, then use a blank CD-R and not CD-RW, because not all CD players and car stereos can play rewritable CDs properly – even when burned in the correct audio format.

Most desktop computers and especially laptops have only one CD burner drive, so that's why the tutorials on this page are for copying CDs on PCs with only one CD burner drive.

How to Copy a CD to another CD using Ashampoo Burning Studio 18

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Tip: If you want to copy an audio CD, then use a blank CD-R and not CD-RW, because not all CD players and car stereos can play rewritable CDs properly – even when burned in the correct audio format.

1. Insert the CD you want to copy into the CD burner drive of your PC.

2. Open Ashampoo Burning Studio.

3. Click on "Copy Disc" located in the left menu.

Your CD will now be checked.

4. When your CD is checked and OK, you click on the "Next" button located at the bottom right.

Ashampoo Burning Studio will now read and analyze your CD.

5. When the reading is completed successfully, you click on the "Next" button located at the bottom right.

Your CD will be ejected.

6. Take your CD out and insert a blank CD into the CD burner drive of your PC.

Your blank CD will now be checked.

7. When your CD is checked and OK, you will have the following options:

8. Click on the "Write CD" button located at the bottom right.

Ashampoo Burning Studio will now burn the copy of your CD to your blank CD.

How to Copy a CD to another CD using Nero Burning Rom

Nero Burning Rom is a well known CD/DVD burning program which allows you to burn and copy all kinds of discs easily and quickly.

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Tip: If you want to copy an audio CD, then use a blank CD-R and not CD-RW, because not all CD players and car stereos can play rewritable CDs properly – even when burned in the correct audio format.

1. Insert the CD you want to copy into the CD burner drive of your PC.

2. Open Nero Burning Rom.

A new compilation window will appear. If not, then click on "File" located at the top left and choose "New" from the drop-down menu.

3. Select "CD".

4. Click on "CD Copy".

5. Click on the "Copy" button.

Nero Burning Rom will now read and analyze your CD and when it's done a "CD Information" window will appear.

6. Select your CD in the "CD Information" window and click on "OK".

An image for burning will now be created and when it's done your CD will be ejected.

7. Take your CD out and insert a blank CD into the CD burner drive of your PC.

Nero Burning Rom will now burn the copy of your CD to your blank CD.

How to Copy a CD to another CD using Ashampoo Burning Studio Free

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Tip: If you want to copy an audio CD, then use a blank CD-R and not CD-RW, because not all CD players and car stereos can play rewritable CDs properly – even when burned in the correct audio format.

1. Insert the CD you want to copy into the CD burner drive of your PC.

2. Open Ashampoo Burning Studio.

3. Click on "Copy Disc" located in the left menu.

Your CD will now be checked.

4. When your CD is checked and OK, you click on the "Next" button located at the bottom right.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free will now read and analyze your CD.

5. When the reading is completed successfully, you click on the "Next" button located at the bottom right.

Your CD will be ejected.

6. Take your CD out and insert a blank CD into the CD burner drive of your PC.

Your blank CD will now be checked.

7. If your blank CD is checked and OK, then click on the "Write CD" button located at the bottom right.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free will now burn the copy of your CD to your blank CD.

How to Copy a CD to another CD using CDBurnerXP

CDBurnerXP is a good and user friendly free CD/DVD burning program that allows you to burn and copy all kinds of discs.

You can download CDBurnerXP here.

Tip: If you want to copy an audio CD, then use a blank CD-R and not CD-RW, because not all CD players and car stereos can play rewritable CDs properly – even when burned in the correct audio format.

1. Insert the CD you want to copy into the CD burner drive of your PC.

2. Open CDBurnerXP.

3. Select "Copy or grab disc" and click on "OK".

A "Copy Disc" window will appear.

4. Click on "Copy disc".

CDBurnerXP will now extract the content of your CD and when it's done it will eject your CD.

5. Take your CD out and insert a blank CD into the CD burner drive of your PC.

CDBurnerXP will now burn the copy of your CD to your blank CD.

How to Copy a Music CD to another CD using Windows Media Player

This tutorial will show you how to copy the songs from the CD to your PC and then burn them to a blank CD using Windows Media Player.

Using Windows Media Player for copying music CDs is a good option for people who don't want to install and use any extra CD burning software on their Windows PC.

Tip: If you want to copy an audio CD, then use a blank CD-R and not CD-RW, because not all CD players and car stereos can play rewritable CDs properly – even when burned in the correct audio format.

1. Insert the audio CD you want to copy into the CD drive of your PC.

2. Open Windows Media Player.

3. Go to the left panel and click on your CD (example: AlbumName (E:)).

4. Click on "Rip Settings", go to "Format" and choose "WAV (Lossless)".

windows media payer rip settings

5. Click on "Rip CD".

Windows Media Player will now rip (copy) the songs from your CD to your PC.

6. When the copying is done, you take out your CD and insert a blank CD into the CD burner drive of your PC.

7. Click on "Burn" located at the top right.

8. Click on the "Burn options" icon and make sure that "Audio CD" is selected.

windows media player burn options

9. Go to the left panel and click on "Album".

10. Right-click on your album, go to "Add to" and choose "Burn list".

11. Click on "Start Burn" located above the "Burn list".

Windows Media Player will now burn your Audio CD. This CD can be played on any CD player.

How to Copy a Music CD to another CD using iTunes

iTunes is installed on any Mac OS X computer by default and is updated through the App Store.

You can download the Microsoft Windows version here.

1. Open iTunes.

2. Insert the CD you want to copy into the CD burner drive of your computer.

3. Click on "Import CD".

4. Select "WAV Encoder" at "Import Using".

5. Click on "OK".

iTunes will now rip (copy) the songs from your CD to your computer.

6. When the copying is done, you take out your CD and insert a blank CD into the CD burner drive of your PC.

7. Right-click on your album, go to "Add to Playlist" and choose "New Playlist".

8. Now you can enter a name for your playlist or keep the name of the album.

9. Go to the left panel, right-click on your playlist and choose "Burn Playlist to Disc".

Now a "Burn Settings" window will appear.

10. At "Preferred Speed" you can choose a burning speed.

11. Make sure that "Audio CD" is selected at "Disc Format".

12. You can also select a gap (pause) between songs.

13. When you're done, you click on the "Burn" button.

iTunes will now burn your Audio CD. This CD can be played on any CD player.

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