Copying from a CD to a Hard Drive in Windows XP

In this lesson, you'll see how to copy the files from a CD over to your own hard drive. Files load a lot quicker when they are on your own computer comapred to a CD. And you won't have to keep inserting the CD every time you need something from it.

The folder we will be copying is called CD Rom Contents. Inside this folder there are more folders and files that are needed for the courses. When we copy the "CD Rom Contents" folder we will automatically copy all the folders inside this one. In other word, copy one folder and you copy everything inside it.

To copy the contents of a CD Rom to your own hard drive, then, do the following:

  • Insert the CD into your CD Rom drive
  • Start Windows Explorer if you haven't already (see here for how to do this: Windows Explorer Lessons.)
  • In the left hand pane, Click on the Drive letter for your CD Rom (It will probably be "D")
  • In the right hand pane of Windows Explorer, you should see the name of a folder or folders (In our case, the folder is called CD Rom Contents.)

Click on the CD Drive

In the Image above, the CD Rom Drive letter is D. Clicking on the Drive letter displays the contents of the Drive in the right hand pane. The folder CD Rom Contents is displayed.

  • Click once with the left hand mouse button on the folder "CD Rom Contents"
  • The folder is selected
  • From the menu bar at the top of Windows Explorer, click on Edit (once, left hand mouse button)
  • From the drop down menu, click "Copy" with your left mouse button

Edit > Copy

  • In the left hand pane of Windows Explorer, Click on your hard drive letter, which will probably be C (click the letter C once with your left mouse button)
  • When the folders and files from your hard drive are displayed in the right hand pane of the Windows Explorer, click on Edit from the menu bar
  • From the drop down menu, click on "Paste" (once with the left mouse button)
  • The files will be copied from your CD Rom drive to your Hard drive

Edit > Paste

To check that all the folders have been copied over correctly, double click the "CD Rom Contents" folder on your hard drive.

And that's it. Quite easy, once you get the hang of it! You can use the same method to transfer files from a floppy disk in the Floppy Drive (which is the A drive) to your hard drive.

We'll now move on to finding files and folders that have gone missing.

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