This guide detailed guide will explain how to create an ISO image file from a CD/DVD or from files already on your hard drive in Windows.
Using the fantastic and completely free CD/DVD burning app CDBurnerXP you can create ISO files in Windows. This guide will show you how to copy a CD or DVD to an .ISO file, and how to create an .ISO file from other files and folders already on your hard drive.
Copy a CD/DVD to an ISO File in Windows
- Open CDBurnerXP and when the ‘make a selection’ panel opens, select Copy or grab disc and then click the OK button.
- Make sure the CD or DVD is in your CD/DVD-ROM (or CD/DVD Recorder) and that drive is the one selected in the Device: list. Then make sure Hard disk is selected as the Target. Finally, click the … button located on the right-side of the File name: field.
- Navigate to the folder you want to save your .ISO file in and then give it a name in the File name: field. Click the Save button.
- When you’re ready, click the Copy disc button.
- CDBurnerXP will now “rip” that CD or DVD to your hard drive as an .ISO file. The process can take anywhere from a few seconds to almost an hour – it depends on how large the CD or DVD you’re turning into an ISO is.
- Once the process has completed a window will pop up saying CDBurnerXP has finished creating your ISO. Click the OK button.
- Open a File Explorer and navigate to the folder you selected back in step #3 – you’ll find a newly created ISO file. All done!
Create an ISO from Files and Folders in Windows
- Open CDBurnerXP and when the ‘make a selection’ panel opens, select Data disc and then click the OK button.
- In the top panel, select all of the files and folders you want to create an ISO file from. Once you have them all selected, click the + Add button (see screenshot below).
- Repeat the previous step if there are more files and folders in other locations on your hard drive. Once you have a list of all the files you want to include in your ISO in the second/bottom panel (see screenshot below).
- Select File from the main menu and then Save compilation as ISO file…
- Navigate to the folder you want to save your ISO file in and then give it a name in the File name: field. Click Save when you’re done.
- CDBurnerXP will now create an ISO file from the files and folders you selected. This process can take anywhere from a few seconds to over an hour – it depends on how many files you opted to include in your ISO.
- Once CDBurnerXP has completed, open a File Explorer and go to the folder you saved your ISO file in. There it is! You can close CDBurnerXP now – you’re all done.
As you may have guessed, you can also use CDBurnerXP to burn an ISO to a CD/DVD in Windows too.