How to Copy a CD to USB Flash

By Perry Piekarski

Whether it's for backup purposes or having the files with you wherever you go, you may want to copy the data and files from a CD to a USB flash drive. With a USB flash drive, you don't have to worry about scratches harming the data like you do with CDs. USB flash drives are also more portable and will fit in your pocket, while a CD generally requires a case to protect the data.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or 7 operating system

Step 1

Insert the CD into your computer's disc drive.

Step 2

Connect the USB flash drive to one of your computer's USB ports.

Step 3

Open the Start menu by clicking the "Start" button (XP) or the Windows logo icon (Vista, 7) on the task bar.

Step 4

Open "My Computer" (XP) or "Computer" (Vista, 7).

Step 5

Right-click the CD icon and select "Open."

Step 6

Hold "Ctrl" and press "A" to highlight all of the contents on the disc.

Step 7

Right-click the selection and choose "Copy."

Step 8

Return to the Computer menu and double-click the USB flash drive icon to open the flash drive.

Step 9

Right-click a blank area in the flash drive folder and select "Paste." It may take a few moments for the files to copy from the disc to the USB flash drive.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you have enough free space on the USB flash drive before copying the contents from the CD to the drive itself.