How to Copy Files to CD/DVD via the Easiest Way in Windows 10/8/7?

You will learn 3 different ways to copy files to CD or DVD in Windows 10/8/7/XP, two are manual and one is automatic.


by Ivy Updated on October 18, 2022

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Why copy files to CD or DVD disc?

Compact Disc (CD) and Digital Video/Versatile Disc (DVD) are common storage to store large amounts of information, especially photographs, videos, music, etc. And it can be stored and used on a computer or CD/DVD player.

Many people want to copy files including excel files, music mp3 files, videos, CDA files, zip files, PDF files and JPG image files to blank CD for a lot of devices support playing CD or DVD. Due to their properties, these discs can work on laptops, in cars, or be placed in a book for selling.

Copy Files to CD or DVD

Does Windows 10 have CD or DVD copy software?

Like other versions of the Windows operating system, Windows 10 works well with most CD-R/W and DVD-R/W drives automatically through Plug and Play. And it includes a disc-burning tool, you can either use disc burning feature in File Explorer or Windows Media Player (for the creation of audio CDs). 

Besides, you can copy files to CD/DVD easily using professional backup software, AOMEI Backupper Professional, for example. And it provides you with two available ways, copy files to CD/DVD and compress it to an image file with File Backup feature, or sync files to CD/DVD and keep their original structure. And I'll introduce all of them in the next part.

How to copy files to CD/DVD in Windows 10

Here you will learn how to copy files to CD or DVD in Windows 10 with 3 diferent methods. The previous two methods requires human inertvention while copying files, it's time-consuming and tedious. If you don't want to perform file transfer process manually, try Way 3.

Way 1: Copy file to CD or DVD

Step 1. Insert a blank CD/DVD into your computer via CD/DVD writable drive. 

Step 2. Then, click Open with CD/DVD Creator when you see the pop-up notification window. Type a name for the disc. 

Step 3. Drag files you want to copy and drop them to this window. Click Write to Disc.

Way 2: Burn files to CD or DVD

Step 1. Insert a blank CD/DVD and be sure it's recognized in Windows. 

Step 2. In the DVD RW Drive window, click Burn files to disc. If this window does not pop up, go to File Exploer and manually open it.

Burn Files to Disc

Step 3. Then, you will be navigated to Burn a disc window. Input a disc title and select the way to burn files - Like a USB flash drive or With a CD/DVD player, click Next. It will start to formatting CD/DVD for storage. 

Disc Burnning Way

Both ways can help you burn files to CD or DVD, but they have some differences:
>> The previous one allows you to save, edit, delete files on the disc after burning, just like a USB flash drive.
>> While for the later one, it works on most computers but all the files cannot be modified in any way. It helps to add files with the read-only feature or burn media files like audio and videos.

Step 4. Drag files you want to burn and drop them to your CD/DVD.

Copy Files to CD

Way 3: Copy files to from PC to CD or DVD 

You may have problems using the above ways, for example, it does not work in an operating system like Windows XP. Others also report being unable to copy files to CD, and poor burning tools are one of the reasons. Well, is there any easy for common users to complete this task?

Fortunately, the answer is yes. You could consider using professional backup software like AOMEI Backupper Professional. With it, you can enjoy the following advantages.

Backup files to CD/DVD automatically: It is able to backup files to CD/DVD with daily, weekly, monthly schedule backup, so you don't need to worry about data loss due to forgetting backup or not.
Copy only changed files to save much time: It supports incremental backup and differential backup, which backup only changed files. 
Delete old backup images regularly to prevent backup disk full issue. It is capable of deleting backup backup files as long as you enable automatic backup cleanup.

Other useful features: It supports splitting large files into multiple smaller images when you copy files large than 700MB to CD or DVD. Also, you can create a bootable device to copy files without booting Windows or just in case boot failure.

All the operations are based on its lucid and user-friendly interface, even a computer novice can make it. Please download this software and install on your computer. Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista supported. For server users, try AOMEI Backupper Server.

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Then, follow the steps below and copy files to CD or DVD in Windows 10:

Step 1. insert your CD or DVD disc and make sure it shows up in File Explorer. Then, launch AOMEI Backupper after installing, click Backup and then File Backup in AOMEI Backupper.

File Backup

Step 2. Edit the task name if necessary. Click Add File or Add Folder and then This PC to select files from PC.

Add File Or Folder


Filter Settings

Step 3. Configure backup settings and prevent backup disk full issue from beginning.

  • Click Options to set normal or high compression level, automatic or customize splitting, or other features.
  • Enable Schedule Backup and select Daily/Weekly/Monthly. Also, you can backup files at a specific event with Event triggers or backup files to USB drive with USB Plug in feature. 

Schedule Settings

  • Enable Backup Scheme and then select backup method (Full/Incremental/Differential Backup) and automatic cleanup methods (By quantity/By daily/weekly/monthly/By time).

Enable Scheme Backup

Step 4. Click where the arrow point to select your CD or DVD drive.

Select Backup Destination

Step 5. Finally, click Start Backup to copy files from PC to CD or DVD. Wait for the process to complete and then you’ll find all selected files are burned to the CD or DVD automatically.


  • Do not remove the CD or DVD while copying. It is suggested to test the CD or DVD disc after copying.

  • The rewritable CD has a limited number of burning times. If the CD is over-burned (worn out), strange errors will arise.

  • You can use different CD media to store each backup version. If the burn process fails, you still can use the previous backup version on a different disk.

FAQs about copy files to CD or DVD

1. Why can't I copy files to CD in Windows 10?

This is a common questions for users and it usually occurs when  the "Remove CD Burning Features" setting is diasbled. To enable it, follow the steps below:

  • Go to  “User Configuration” > “Administrative Templates” > “Windows Components” > “File Explorer“.
  • Open "Remove CD Burning Features" and set it to “Disabled” or “Not Configured”  to allow disc burning.

2. How do I copy music CD to laptop?

Unlike copying files from CD to laptop, you need to use Windows Media Player if you want to copy music file. Follow the steps below:

  • Insert the music CD into disc tray and be sure it's displayed on the File Explorer. 
  • Open Windows Media Player and click the Rip CD button. 
  • Right-click the first track and choose Find Album Info, if necessary.

3. How to copy content of CD to desktop folder?

Sometime your computer may have problem reading CD, you could copy all the contens of CD to a folder on your desktop and then run the installation from there. The steps are below:

  • Put the CD in your drive and cancel the installation if it starts.
  • Press Win + E to open My Computer, right-click the CD/DVD ROM drive and choose Open or Explorer.
  • Copy all the files and folders on CD and past it to a folder on the desktop. 
  • Open the new folder and find the Setup.exe file to start the installation. 
  • Besides backing up files to CD/DVD, you can also backup files to the cloud. AOMEI Backupper provides users with their own cloud drive - AOMEI Cloud. when you sign up for an AOMEI account, it will give you 1TB of free storage space for 15 days.

Cloud Backup

Final words

You can copy files to CD or DVD with 3 different methods in this article. The previous two methods are manual while the last one is automatic, thus using professional backup software will be a better choice if you want an easy and automatic way. And it is able to minimize the size of backup image and delete old backup image to free up disk space.

And all of these feature are suitable for System Backup, Disk Backup, and Partition Backup. Besides, it is still a disk cloning software, so you can use it to migrate operating system to SSD or directly clone entire disk.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.