Create an ISO file

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Create an ISO file
Create an ISO file
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Have a collection of files you want to back up? Do you want to protect the data on your CDs and DVDs from loss or damage due to scratches? ISO files are archives that contain files and folders and are easy to transfer or back up. You can create an ISO on your computer from the files on your computer, or from a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray. See Step 1 to learn how to do this.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Creating an ISO from a CD/DVD/Blu-ray

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Step 1. Download an ISO compiler

There are several free downloadable programs that allow you to create ISO files from a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc (BD). Popular programs are MagicISO, ISO Recorder and ImgBurn.

Only download programs directly from the software makers' website. If you download the program from another location, you risk getting malware or adware with it

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Step 2. Install the ISO compiler

You can usually leave the default settings as they are. Some programs like ImgBurn come bundled with loads of advertising software that you will have to uncheck during installation, so read each screen carefully before proceeding.

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Step 3. Insert the disc you want to rip into your PC

Copying a disc to ISO format is called "ripping" and it allows you to create perfect backups of any disc in one file. Make sure your drive supports the disc you want to rip. For example, you can't rip a Blu-ray disc into a DVD drive, but vice versa, a DVD into a Blu-ray drive can.

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Step 4. Start ripping

Look for the "Create Image from Disc" button. It might all be called something different, depending on the program you're using. For example, it might say "Copy to Image". Often there will be an image of a disc in the button to indicate that the ISO comes from the data of the disc.

You may have to indicate the source. Make sure you select the correct disk drive

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Step 5. Specify where to save the file

You will need to save the file somewhere on your computer. Remember that the ISO file is exactly the same size as the original disc, so make sure your hard drive has enough space to store it. This is especially important with Blu-ray discs, as they can take up to 50 GB of space.

Make sure you give it a name that you can easily remember or recognize

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Step 6. Wait for the whole process to finish

Once you've specified where the file should be saved, the ripping can begin. This can take a considerable amount of time, especially with Blu-ray. Once ripping is complete, the ISO file will be in the location you specified earlier and can be burned to disc or mounted.

Method 2 of 3: Creating an ISO from files on your hard drive

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Step 1. Download an ISO compiler

There are several programs available for free download that allow you to create ISO files from a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc (BD). Popular programs are MagicISO, ISO Recorder and ImgBurn.

Only download programs directly from the creators' website. If you download the program from another location, you risk getting malware or adware with it

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Step 2. Install the ISO compiler

You can usually leave the default settings as they are. Some programs like ImgBurn come bundled with loads of adware that you will need to uncheck during installation, so read each screen carefully before proceeding.

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Step 3. Create a new ISO project

Click the "Create image file from files/folders" or "Make ISO" button to start the project. This allows you to choose which files and folders you want to add. Creating an ISO of files is a great way to easily back up or move files and folders.

Make sure you give the project an accurate or descriptive name so you know what the ISO contains

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Step 4. Add files and folders to the project

The exact process varies from program to program, but usually you can drag and drop files and folders into the window, or use the software to search the files on your computer.

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Step 5. Start creating the ISO

Click the "Build" or "Copy" button to start creating an ISO (with the files and folders you selected). The amount of time this will take depends on the size of the files and the speed of your computer.

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Step 6. Save or move your ISO

Once the ISO has been created, the file is ready to burn to a disc, upload to the cloud, or mount on a computer so that the ISO can be opened.

If your ISO file is very large, it may not fit on a CD or DVD. CDs can store about 700MB and DVDs 4.7GB. Blu-ray discs can handle up to 50GB

Method 3 of 3: Creating an ISO file with WinRar

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Step 1. Download and install WinRar

WinRar is a program that you have to pay for, but you can use a trial version just fine to create an ISO.

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Step 2. Collect all the files you want to archive

You will have to select all files at once, so it is easier to collect all files in one location. Select all files by pressing Ctrl-A.

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Step 3. Right click on the selected files

Click on the option "Add to archive…".

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Step 4. Save the archive

After clicking on it, a new window will appear. Give the archive a name, and make sure it is saved in.iso format.

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Step 5. Click OK and your ISO file will be created

This will probably take several minutes, especially if many large files are added to the ISO file.

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