Back up an audio CD – Using ImgBurn

Back up an audio CD – Using ImgBurn

I pay close attention to my CDs and DVDs, so if I were single I wouldn’t have to make copies of them. With careless children – wouldn’t that be called a pleonasm? As soon as I buy a new precious CD, I start by making a true copy of it, before they take it. And I put my original in the bottom of an inaccessible box, leaving only the copy circulating in the house.

Here is how I proceed to create the copy of an audio CD, which will work exactly like the original, by launching from the introduction in the reader-writer (of the PC / the living room).

I’m using ImgBurn to do this. The publisher’s site provides the fingerprint on the download page to verify the file’s integrity, and the language files to place the file. For the shy ones, because it’s simple, Malekal provides a detailed tutorial in French, for an older version than the last 2.5.8.0 (June 2013), but it’s the same. If it’s the installation of the language file that bothers you, this other tutorial can help you too. It works for all versions of Windows, but if you’re Linux, you can use it in Wine … or do just as well with your brazier, ffmpeg or fxburn.

So, you installed ImgBurn, and possibly put in French.
So we launch it, to make the backup copy of an audio CD. Here are the steps:

1- Choose “Create an image from a disc”.

2- In the window that opens, check that the source is the CD. Choose the destination by clicking on the logo for selecting the folder where you want to put your temporary storage file. Give the file a meaningful name, because “image.bin” is not great. Choose a slow speed (this will be especially useful when burning the copy), and start copying to the hard drive.

3- The copy takes several minutes. A bar indicates the progress in green, which you can read at the top of the screen. The duration indicates the duration of reading of the CD, not to be confused with the reading time of the sectors (Readind sectors).

If the copy job stops at x% like at home for a CD that I hadn’t copied in time, with reported errors (and repeated “retry”), no need to insist. Or try the physical CD cleaning methods found on the forums (I personally use a small Disk Cleaner box with the solution sold with it, and sometimes it improves a little), but I prefer the software solution, since what I want in this tutorial is to have good copies of CDs. I am going to write an article to engrave in the marble my experiences of repair of scratched CD-DVD, but in the meantime if you are linuxien use for example. DDRescue Tool, or otherwise Unstoppable Copier (version 5.2 dates from 2009, but works up to Windows 8 and probably 10), in French, or Recovery Toolbox, another freeware.

4- Once the disc has been copied to your temporary folder, you will find 3 files there, one with a .bin extension, the largest, another with a .cue extension, and the last with a .cdt extension. This .cdt file doesn’t interest us, it’s ImgBurn CD-tex info. The .cue + .bin files are equivalent to .iso, they are “image” files, and which allow the launch of the program upon introduction in the CD / DVD drive.

5- Now choose “Burn an image to a disc”, in the ImgBurn interface.

6- Indicate in Source where the image file is located, and in the folder choose the file with the extension .cue (moreover, if you chose .bin, the program would rectify by notifying you of the blunder); of course, the .bin file must be in the same folder as the .cue. Check that the destination is the burner. Choose the slow burning speed (I never exceed 4x) We can see that I have not yet put a blank CD or not in the burner.

7- Put a CD in the burner, if it is a rewritable CD (RW) and it is not blank, it will erase them to start, no problem. We can see that ImgBurn found the CD, and that it spotted that the disc should be erased, since it is a CD-RW already used.

So he asks you, politely but in English, if you want to delete it now, and you answer Yes in French. It takes time.

You can choose several options by checking the boxes: eject (when finished), check (if there are errors), delete the image (unless you want to “mount” it with Alcool 120), delete the image (that’s what I do), close the program and turn off the computer (if you do this at night and you don’t want to wait to go to sleep).

8- Once the CD-RW has been erased (if it was not blank), the burner copies the image file to the CD, it is not very long (about 3 minutes). At the end, window to say in English, but you will have no trouble understanding, that the operation has been successfully completed. And depending on the options checked, the disc will be ejected or not.

9- So close the recorder without removing your new disc, to check that it works properly. Your VLC (or other audio player) launches and the first piece of music begins!

You can put your original in a safe place, to use only the copy. If this one gets damaged, don’t worry, you do another one. This is the only way I know of to prevent our music CDs from spitting and degrading (apart from ripping, which is another type of solution).