How to Copy a Disc to a Computer Hard Drive

One of the most convenient--and popular--ways to transfer files from one computer to another is by using a disc. A disc can act as a portable drive that can hold a bunch of files and folders. Once a disc is in a computer drive, you can copy the entire disc to your system. Copying a disc to your hard drive takes about two minutes to complete.

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Copy a disc to a computer hard drive.

Windows XP Windows Explorer

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Insert the CD into your computer.

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Click the "Start" button in the lower-left corner of your desktop. Scroll up and click "Accessories." Scroll over and click "Windows Explorer."

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Click the CD drive icon. Highlight all of the contents in the main window.

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Click "Edit" in the main menu bar. Scroll down and click "Copy."

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Click on the hard drive icon in the left column. Click "Edit" in the main menu bar. Scroll down and click "Paste." The contents will be copied to the hard drive.

General Windows

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Insert the CD into your computer.

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Click the "Start" button in the lower-left corner of your desktop. Scroll up and click "Control Panel."

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Double-click on the icon of the CD drive that contains the disc. Click on the main window.

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Press your "Control" key and your "A" key on your keyboard at the same time. All of the files will be highlighted. Press your "Control" key and your "C" key on your keyboard at the same time. All of the files will be copied.

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Right-click on an empty spot on your desktop. Scroll down and select to create a new folder. Type a name for the folder and click the "Enter" key on your keyboard.

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Double-click on the folder that you just created so it opens. Right-click on an empty spot in the main window. Scroll down and click "Paste." The contents of the disc will appear in the folder.