Burn a CD to a Thumbdrive

Thumbdrives (e.g. USB drives) allow individuals to carry computer data in a portable manner. They are useful for data backup and data transfer. Thumbdrives are especially useful in situations where a CD would be too unwieldy. Thumbdrives can even be used when one needs to transfer CD data from one computer to another and does not have a blank CD available. Learning how to burn a CD to a USB drive can save you time. It can make transferring data between computers easier.

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Open the ISO burner software. If you do not have ISO burner software installed on your computer, various freeware programs are available for download online. For example, Active ISO Burner 1.1.4 is a capable freeware program that is compatible with most versions of Microsoft Windows (link in the Resources section).

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Insert the CD that you wish to copy into your computer's CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive. Wait for the CD to fully load and be recognized by your computer.

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Click \"My Computer\" on your desktop. A screen will open displaying all of your computer's hard drives and disc drives.

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Right-click your computer's CD drive icon. This drive is usually drive E:\, but the exact drive number may vary depending on your computer's configuration.

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Select \"Copy CD image to file...\" in the menu box that appears. This will create an ISO file. An ISO file is an archive file that functions like a .zip or .rar file, but is treated like an optical disc by the computer in which it is loaded.

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Save the ISO file to your computer desktop.

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Insert your thumbdrive into your computer's USB slot. Wait for the drive to be recognized by your computer.

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Drag the ISO file to your thumbdrive.

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Eject the thumbdrive. The CD data is now successfully transferred to your thumbdrive. When the drive is inserted into another computer, the computer will load the ISO file and treat it as if it was a CD inserted into the computer.