Copying a Disc with Burn under Mac OS X

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The Disk Utility application that comes with Mac OS X, at least as of OS X 10.6 ,aka Snow Leopard, does not permit one to copy an audio CD. An alternative application that can be used to create an .iso file from an audio CD is Burn, which is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) .

To copy an audio CD or any CD or DVD, take the following steps after downloading and running Burn.

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  1. Open Burn and click on the Copy tab.

    OS X Burn copy disc

  2. Click on the Scan button.
  3. Select the CD you have in the system's disc drive and click on the Choose button.

    OS X Burn select CD to copy

  4. Click on the Save button.

    OS X Burn save CD

  5. Choose a location where you want to save the image file created from the CD or DVD. Type a name for the file that will be created in the Save As field and then click on the Save button. A .iso file will be placed in the location you specified.

If you want to write the ISO image you created to a CD or DVD, eject the disc you copied from and insert a blank disc in the CD/DVD drive then take the following steps.

  1. With the Copy tab selected in Burn, click on the Open button.
  2. Select the .iso file you created earlier.
  3. Click on the Burn button.
  4. A window will open where you can select the device to use for burning the file to disc and the speed at which the burn process should be performed. Normally, you would leave the speed set to the maximum possible setting. Click on the Burn button to initiate the burning process, i.e., the process of copying the contents of the .iso file to the blank disc.

    OS X Burn select burn speed

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Created: Thursday April 12, 2012