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DVD Copy how?

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    DVD Copy how?


    I have a Windows 7 32-bit OS install disc. I want to make an exact redundant copy of the medium (i.e. a system disc that boots - to de-risk having to pay more money for another copy of what I already own if this one gets scratched/damaged) and if at some point I need to do a full re-install on one of my laptops that has the COE sticker on the bottom and no OEM partition that includes the factory image.

    What is the best app/method to achieve this on my Windows 8.1 desktop?

    Can I do that with native software? If not, is there a standard app that people use on Windows 8?

    Thank you!

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    This MIGHT work:

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    Me so corny


    Yeah, I copied all the files over to a new disc but it's not bootable.

    With the old floppy A:\ drives there was a double-secret file like sys.com or something that was the mini-OS the BIOS on your machine would boot from. Whatever that file is for Win-7, I need to copy that over along with the regular files.

    I guess I need one of the standard apps to do that (PowerISO, UltraISO, ISOhorney..) but not sure what is what.

    If anyone has tried a bunch of these apps, and knows the score, or a nifty [free] alternative, much appreciated if you share the fruits of your vast, superior, and shining knowledge...!

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Sorry my suggestion was not workable.
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    CDBurnerXP, a free CD/DVD burning program, lists disc copy as one of its functions. This should work for you.

    https://cdburnerxp.se/en/home
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    All of the ones you mentioned will do it as well as several others, MagicIso, Gburner, etc. The free versions limit editing iso files, but they all allow creating images from dvd, mounting and burning.

    Put the dvd in the drive, select create image/make image file from the context menu

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    ( or under the main interface you can choose make image or copy )

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    @fireberd
    I must admit, your should work and CDBurnerXP product name had me concerned, but the product requirements page mentions Win7 and Win8.

    The app couldn't be easier. Problem solved!

    Thank you.


    @SIW2
    I return and see your wealth of information. All the screen shots... You're the boss!

    ...

    Now I'm all fired-up. I'm going to make me a USB boot drive too... - 5 Ways to Make a USB Bootable - wikiHow
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