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How To Create an ISO Image File From a CD, DVD

Make an ISO Image From any Disc

By Tim Fisher, About.com Guide

Creating an ISO file from any disc is pretty easy with the right free tool and is a fantastic way to backup important CDs, DVDs, or BDs to your hard drive.

Creating and storing ISO backups of your important software installation discs, and even operating system setup discs, is a smart plan. Compliment that with an unlimited online backup service and you have a near bulletproof disc backup strategy.

ISO images are great because they’re self contained, perfect representations of the data on a disc. Being single files, they’re easier to store and organize than simple copies of the folders and files on a disc would be.

Windows doesn’t have a built-in way of creating ISO image files so you’ll need to download a program to do it for you. Luckily there are several free tools available that make creating ISO images a really easy task.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Creating an ISO image file from a CD, DVD, or BD could take anywhere from a few minutes to over a hour, depending on the size of the disc and the speed of your computer

Here’s How:

  1. Download BurnAware Free, a completely free program that, among other tasks, can create an ISO image from all types of CD, DVD, and BD discs.

     

    Important: There are “Home” and “Professional” versions of BurnAware that are not free. However, the “Free” version is fully capable of creating ISO images from your discs, which is the aim of this tutorial.

    BurnAware Free works in Windows 8Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP, and even Windows 2000 and NT. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of those operating systems are supported.

  2. Install BurnAware Free by executing the burnaware_free file you just downloaded.

     

    Note: BurnAware Free tries to get you to install a browser toolbar from AVG during installation. If you’re not interested in doing that, you can skip the add-on by choosingCustom installation and making sure all three boxes are unchecked. You may also want to uncheck the Add BurnAware to AutoRun menu option near the end of the install.

  3. Run BurnAware Free, either from the shortcut created on the Desktop, or automatically via the last step in the installation.

     

  4. Once BurnAware Free is open, click on Copy to Image.

     

    The Copy to Image tool will appear in addition to the existing BurnAware Free window that’s already open.

    Tip: You might have seen a Make ISO icon next toCopy to Image but you don’t want to choose that for this particular task. The Make ISO tool is for creating an ISO image not from a disc, but from a collection of files you select, like from your hard drive or other source.

  5. From Source, choose the optical disc drive that you plan on using. If you only have one drive, you’ll only see one choice.

     

  6. Click or touch Browse….

     

  7. Navigate to the location that you want to create to ISO image file to, give the soon-to-be-made file a name in the File name text box, and then click or touch on Save.

     

    Note: Optical discs, especially DVDs and BDs, can hold several gigabytes of data and will create ISOs of equal size. Make sure that whatever drive you choose to save the ISO image to has enough room to support it. Your primary hard drive likely has plenty of free space so choosing a convenient location there, like your Desktop, as the location to create the ISO image is probably fine.

    Important: If your ultimate plan is to get the data from a disc onto a flash drive so you can boot from it, please know that simply creating an ISO file directly onto the USB device isn’t going to work as you expect. In most cases, like when installing Windows 7 from a flash drive, you have to take some extra steps to make sure the flash drive is properlyformatted and the files are correctly copied to the drive.

  8. Insert the CD, DVD, or BD disc that you want to create the ISO image from into the optical drive you chose in Step 5.

     

    Note: Depending on how AutoRun is configured in Windows on your computer, the disc you just inserted may start (e.g. the movie may start playing, you may get a Windows installation screen, etc.). Regardless, close whatever comes up.

  9. Click or touch Copy.

     

    Tip: Do you get a There is no disc in the source drive message? If so, just click or touch OKand then try again in a few seconds. Chances are, the spin-up of the disc in your optical drive hasn’t completed so Windows just doesn’t see it yet. If you can’t get this message to go away, make sure you’re using the right optical drive and that the disc is clean and undamaged.

  10. Wait while the ISO image is created from your disc. You can watch the progress by keeping an eye on the Image progress bar or the x of x MB written indicator.

     

  11. The ISO creation process is complete once you see the Copy process completed successfully box.

     

    The ISO file will be named and located where you decided in Step 7.

  12. You can now press or click OK to that message, close the Copy to Image window, and also the BurnAware Free window. You can also now remove the disc you were using from your optical drive.

Tips:

  1. You can only create ISO images from discs that your optical drive supports. For example, if you only have a CD drive, you won’t be able to make ISO images from DVD or BD discs because your drive won’t be able to read the data from them.

     

  2. While you won’t be able to follow my tutorial above exactly, there are several other free ISO creation tools available if you don’t like BurnAware Free or it’s not working for you. Some include ISODiskImgBurnISO Recorder, and Free DVD to ISO Maker.
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How to Install Windows from a USB Flash Drive.

    • The Flash Drive should have a decent read/write speed

       
    • The size of the drive should be at least 4GB

  1. To prepare the USB Flash Drive, we need access to a computer running either Windows Vista™ or Windows 7™. Insert the Flash Drive in the computer and wait for the computer to recognize the drive.

  2. Click START > All Programs > Accessories

  3. Right click on Command Prompt and select “Run As Administrator”

  4. In Command Prompt, type DISKPART

  5. Type SELECT DISK 1 [ The Picture Shows 2 Because Of My Drive Allocations ]

     
  6. Type CLEAN [ A successful clean will prompt the message “Diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk” ]

     
  7. Type CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

  8. Type SELECT PARTITION 1

  9. Type ACTIVE

    • By following the above step we have just created a USB Flash Drive capable of booting from the system BIOS.

      Copying The Installation Files
  1. The next step is to copy the files from the Original Windows Vista™ / Windows 7™ disc. Before we copy the content of the disc to the Flash Drive, we have to make sure that the drive is ready to accept files. In the same Command Prompt that we have used in the previous step, type the following commands

    • Type FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK [ When it reaches 100% you are ready to move to the next step ]

       
    • Type ASSIGN

    • Type EXIT to get out of DISKPART Command Utility

  2. Now your Flash Drive is ready for the files. Insert your Windows disc into your drive. In my case, my Disc Drive is I: drive and my FLASH Drive is J:

  3. Type XCOPY I:\*.* /S/E/F J:\ [ This Command needs to be typed in the same Command Prompt that we have left open after Diskpart.

    • If your Drive letters are correct, after several minutes you will get a message saying the numbers of files successfully copied to your FLASH DRIVE

      Warning

      • Please make sure that no other external or internal hard drives or flash drives are attached to the computer while performing these steps. Only the FLASH DRIVE should be attached to the computer. Failure to do so might result in DATA LOSS in other drives while performing the DISKPART commands

      Things you will need for the procedure

      • A Computer With DVD Drive Running Windows Vista Or Windows Seven
      • A Flash Drive with 4GB Capacity
      • The OS Installation disk you want copied onto your Flash Drive

Money One Can Earn From Google AdSense

Earn From Google AdSense:

Earning money from a website is usually a lucrative proposition, and AdSense is amongst the top choice for bloggers to monetize their weblog. Even though Affiliate advertising and marketing or CPA marketing pays in excess of AdSense, but Adsense offers a sense of satisfaction, and moreover gives into recurring income. If I need to put it in a straightforward way, AdSense works as a new saving account where you may be paid mostly on a restricted interest rate, and internet affiliate marketing works as a communal fund investment, where income might fluctuate but remains greater than AdSense.

Anyways, this post just isn’t about which one is better, but here in this post I’m answering one of the most asked question to us regarding AdSense. Recently We were giving a task of workshop at Hosting summit and after summit a person asked me, How much money can she make with image based blog or other lucrative and simple to operate niche for AdSense. And few days back, one of our reader asked the amount of money he can earn via AdSense on his website.

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Calculate your future AdSense income

I’m sorry to disappoint you but there isn’t any easy or sure shot way for calculating your future AdSense income, as you can’t predict how much cash you will make every click. AdSense income depends on various factors, and here are the most common factors which gives into more AdSense income.

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Topic of your Blog: 

Lets focus on the basics of AdSense. Google AdSense works by AdWords, where Advertisers prices for bids on Keywords, and thus Ads are displayed on third party Websites like yours and mine using AdSense. At this point, with time Advertisers have grown to be smarter, and they bet more on long-tail Keywords, as this converts better. Along with this, you will find there’s concept of high Paying & low Paying niches.

Former mate: Niche like Loan, health, Attorney have high CPC (Cost every click), and other area of interest like (Posters, Movies) are considered as low paying. Technology niche on other hand is pretty moderate AdSense niche, and income per click depends on various factors.

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Your traffic demographic:

AdSense income also is determined by the country which is actually sending you more targeted traffic. For example, if your website is getting more targeted traffic from USA or UK, you may earn more from per click on your AdSense ads. Where as you are getting more targeted traffic from developing nation such as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh then you will probably earn less per click (Mostly in pennies), and this huge difference is a result of difference in average purchasing power of these nations.

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Other common factors:

Above two are the most influential factor for AdSense earning. After this particular other factors like your Ad placement, ad mixing, type of Ads (Image or maybe Text or both), also adds a good deal into it. These issues can readily be modified by strategically utilize AdSense ads with your blog (Above the crease, and blend it smartly), as well as for other factors, you should work on before you launch your site.

Well, many of us create website only to earn from AdSense, but people usually give up it soon, as this particular doesn’t keep them glued for long. Moreover, without having complete domain knowledge, quality of site decreases with time, and it doesn’t work towards long run. In my recent guide about how I created AdSense blog with less effort, I explained the way to create quality AdSense blog. (A strategy that you can actually copy).

So next time should you have doubt related to how much you can generate from AdSense ads, ask yourself what niche and what type of traffic you are going to get on your blog. None the less, have a look at this guide on finding high CPC AdSense keyword for most convenient way.

5 sites that Will Make You More Productive

Image from Flickr user Leif (Bryne)

You ever have one of those days in which you don’t work to the best of your abilities? You just aren’t as productive as you would like? You are not alone. We all experience those moments in which we need a bit of a push – whether it’s to be more organized, efficient or to turn our ideas into realities. Driven by the notion that productive people are happier, we scoured the web and collected five of the best sources to increase your productivity. Feel free to add your favorite productivity sites to the list!

1. LIFEHACKERWHAT Curator of the best tricks, tips and technology for saving time and getting things done.

FOCUS Lifehacker has a wide variety of sections ranging from food and gardening to work and clever uses.

COOL FEATURE  The tip of the week – a short, instructive advice for making life a tad easier.

Image: Screenshot of Lifehacker 

2.REMEMBER THE MILKWHAT A to-do-list app that can be accessed by phone, web, Google apps and Twitter.

FOCUS Remember The Milk makes sure that you get your stuff done! It’s completely free and allows you to create multiple lists for all the different parts of your life. Items can be prioritized, tagged and given keywords to make sure you accomplish your tasks.

COOL FEATURE Reminders by text, email and instant message, come in handy for keeping you on track.

Image: Screenshot of Remember The Milk

3. MINTWHAT A one-stop-shop for all your financial accounts, Mint helps you learn exactly where your money is and where it’s going.

FOCUS The free app automatically categorizes transactions, sets budgets and helps you achieve your saving goals. Mint can be accessed online and is available on iPhoneAndroidiPad and Android tablet.

COOL FEATURE Automatically created graphs and charts to track income, spending, account balances and net worth, allowing you to compare from year-to-year or month-to-month.

Image: Screenshot of Mint

4.99UWHAT A daily web magazine that includes articles, tips, events and videos about how to help creatives take the next step in turning their ideas ideas into realities.

FOCUS The name 99U is taken from Thomas Edison’s quote that “genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration,” and the website intends to give action-focused content to push users forward to achieving their dreams.

COOL FEATURE 99U hosts a conference every year which brings together visionaries,

researchers and entrepreneurs who come to inspire, motivate and share their experiences. Some impressive past speakers have included:  Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit,  Jonathan Adler, founder of Jonathan Adler international design company and Jack Dorsey, creator and co-founder of Twitter.

Image: Screenshot of 99U

5.HABITFORGEWHAT A web app that helps you develop better habits and stick to them.

FOCUS The theory behind HabitForge is that it takes 21 consecutive days to really put a habit into practice. HabitForge will email you daily, checking up to see if you are successfully keeping to your new habit.

COOL FEATURE If sticking to a new habit seems to tough, HabitForge has extra accountability measures to keep you focused. You can join a team of others who are working on the same goal, set up multiple reminders a day or invite others to follow your progress with a weekly report of your stats.

Image: Screenshot of HabitForge

The Secret for Getting Productively Creative

Image: screenshot of Coffitivity

How to be creative is a question that’s constantly on our mind. Forming just the right environment for a fruitful creative process is also the goal of Coffitivity – a web app that’s not only simply amazing: it’s amazingly simple.

Coffitivity is based on scientific research that claims that the perfect conditions for creative work are a combination of calm and commotion; the web app provides this mix by simulating the coffeehouse ambience with a live stream of sounds from a cafe. As you click play, a busy mix of people chatting, glasses clinking and dishes being cleared transports you to an ambient cafe – even if you’re at home or in an office. To maximize the Coffitivity experience you’re encouraged to simultaneously play your favorite tunes just a tad louder than Coffytivity sounds.

Just click play, plug in your music, and presto! You’re ready to start creating.