How to Copy a CD With One Drive

By J.S. Copper

Desktop computers often ship with two optical drives, making it extremely easy and quick to make copies of discs on the fly. Laptops, on the other hand, just don't have the room for a second drive, making copying a CD a little bit more difficult. In order to copy a CD with only one drive, you must first import the CD to the computer and then create a new disc from the imported contents.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD+/-R

Step 1

Open Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player is the default media application built into the Windows operating system.

Step 2

Insert the original CD into the optical drive.

Step 3

Click the "Rip" tab and select "Rip 'CD NAME'(Drive Letter:)." CD NAME and Drive Letter will be the actual CD name and the letter of the optical drive. Windows Media Player will begin importing the CD to it's library.

Step 4

Eject the original CD. Insert a blank CD.

Step 5

Click the "Burn" tab and select "Audio CD."

Step 6

Drag the imported music files from the left-hand "Details" pane to the right-hand "List" pane.

Step 7

Select "Start Burn." Windows Media Player will burn the CD, remove when completed.