How to Open Picture Files From a CD

By Meaghan Ellis

When pictures are stored on a CD, the disc is categorized as a data disc. Therefore, the disc is displayed as a removable storage component when inserted in a computer drive. As a result, you will need to access your removable storage file location to access the picture files. After enabling pictures to be accessed from the direct file location, the pictures can be edited or moved at your discretion.

Step 1

Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive.

Step 2

Click the "Start" or Windows taskbar icon to open the Start menu.

Step 3

Select "Computer" or "My Computer" from the menu to view your removable storage file locations.

Step 4

Right-click over the (D:) folder tab link that will appear directly below the "Devices with Removable Storage" section.

Step 5

Click "Explore" at the top of the right-click drop-down menu. Another dialog window will open and all of the picture files on the CD will be visible and accessible for large view.

Step 6

Double-click the picture file you want to view and it will open in the photo gallery application.

Tips & Warnings

  • CD-Rs, DVD-Rs and rewritable CDs and DVDs are the easiest to work with for actions like this. Any other disc format might be copyright protected, making it difficult for file locations to be accessible.
  • Do not eject the CD from the CD-ROM drive while viewing. Because the pictures are saved to the CD, they are not accessible on the computer unless the CD is in place. The only way this can be done is if you save the pictures to the computer. To do so, right-click over the picture and select "Save" from the drop-down menu. A copy of the picture will be stored to your hard drive.