I have two CDROM drives in my personal computer


A lot of external programs (e.g. Nero or CD-Burner) can directly copy an audio-cd in CDROM drive D: to another empty cd in CDROM drive E:. I think they call it an "on-the-fly" copy.

I am wondering if the same thing is possible by using the Windows7 on-board programs (create a direct 1:1 clone).

EDIT: The Windows7 Media Player can copy the tracks from an audio-cd in Drive D: to the hard disk. Afterwards I can burn these tracks from the hard disk to CDROM Drive E:. But that's very time consuming and wastes a lot of space on the harddrive.

EDIT: It doesn't need to be an exact 1:1 clone. I only want a "standard" CD-Player to play the music.

ACCEPTED: (from a comment by Molly) ... for 'on the fly' you do need a 3rd party program ...

  • ripping with WMP and burning the results does not guarantee a 1:1 clone. if you go with that process, make sure it's ripping uncompressed tracks, or you'll be making lossy copies. Jan 23, 2010 at 23:48
  • Hey answerers... is there a Windows 7 built-in tool to rip .iso files? If so that would solve it because you can burn .iso files natively now.
    – Nathaniel
    Jan 24, 2010 at 0:20
  • @Nathaniel - no, it wouldn't solve it because Vokuhila-Oliba is looking for 'disk copy on the fly' (from D: to E:). and that's not possible with Windows 7 "on-board" programs. whether as ISO or as ripped WAV files, either way it will be buffered on the hard drive. maybe 'time consuming' but temporarily copying up to 700 MB to the HDD isn't really wasting "a lot of space on the harddrive".
    – Molly7244
    Jan 24, 2010 at 11:59
  • Ah, right. I'm not sure that that was there when I commented, though.
    – Nathaniel
    Jan 25, 2010 at 1:16

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A lot of external programs (e.g. Nero or CD-Burner) can directly copy an audio-cd in CDROM drive D: to another empty cd in CDROM drive E:

I am wondering if it is somehow possible to create a direct 1:1 clone of an audio CD using the Windows7 on-board programs.

No, that's not possible.

However, since you asking about Audio CDs, my favorite tool is Exact Audio Copy (aka EAC), there is no better software when it comes to ripping audio CDs ... and it's absolutely free.

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For burning audio CDsIi recommend another freebie called Burrrn:

Burrrn is a little tool for creating audio CDs with CD-Text from various audio files. Supported formats are: wav, mp3, mpc, ogg, aac, mp4, ape, flac, ofr, wv, tta, m3u, pls and fpl playlists and cue sheets.

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Now, this may not be the fastest method, but i consider myself an audiophile and i'm only interested in quality. If you want just speed, sure most DVD writing programs can do the job faster by copying "on the fly".

  • is EAC not postcard-ware anymore? when did that change? Jan 23, 2010 at 23:53
  • EAC is the best ripper for quality, but it (used to be anyway) a PITA to setup.
    – Iain
    Jan 23, 2010 at 23:56
  • @~quack - i think it changed with version 0.99 but even before that the postcard was a voluntary affair, not mandatory.
    – Molly7244
    Jan 24, 2010 at 0:04
  • @Iain - the setup wizard now is rather straight forward if you opt for the 'easy way out' ... if you want in-depth tutorials, check the forums at hydrogenaudio.org
    – Molly7244
    Jan 24, 2010 at 0:06
  • If I understood the documentation right then EAC cannot do on-the-fly copies. Jan 24, 2010 at 17:02

Indeed it seems not to be possible to do an on-the-fly copy using Windows 7 built-in programs.

I looked around a bit and have found a nice and easy to operate tool called InfraRecorder.

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It has the additional advantage that it is also available as a native 64-bit application which matches perfertly well with the Windows 7 64-bit OS I am using.


This is not available using the built-in programs of Windows 7 - however I would highly recommend CDBurnerXP. It is also available on Ninite (for very easy installation).

Simply click Audio CD on the first screen then click File > Copy Audio Disc; it should do a straight copy from one disk to another.

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  • Thanks a lot for pointing out File > Copy Audio Disc! CDBurnerXP is quite OK. But the GUI isn't very intuitive. Jan 25, 2010 at 11:39
  • Its features outweigh that! I agree though, but it does work well. Jan 25, 2010 at 11:49
  • just beeing curious: How did you place this nice screen shot into your answer? Jan 25, 2010 at 14:33
  • You can do print screen, or in Windows 7 - use the snipping tool. Save it to anywhere then find a descent image host such as tinypic.com and upload... then when you have the address, click the image button and paste the link! Sounds harder than it is. Jan 25, 2010 at 14:38

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