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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.

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

How to protect your pen drive through password without any software

We all know the importance of USB stick. It is the one of the easiest way to share or transfer your files, data between computers. But what if your pen-drive having some secret data or having files which you don’t  want to get checked by any other person. 

For these types of situations you need to lock your pen-drive with password. On internet lots of paid as well as free software available to secure your pen-drive. But today I’m going to explain you that how you can password protect your pen-drive without any software.

Procedure To Password Protect (Win7 & Win8)
  • Insert your USB drive to computer
  • Click on Start  
  • In ‘Search programs and files’ box, type Bitlocker Drive Encryption
  • Now click it to open. You will find your pen-drive in last and click on Turn on Bitlocker
  • Select password  to unlock your pen drive
  • type your desired password
  • Click Next
  • Choose  save the recovery key to a file
  • You can also print recovery key
 
  • Choose the safe destination for recovery key because in case you forgot your password it will help you to unlock your USB
  • and then tap Next.
  • Then click on Start Encrypting
 
It may take a few minutes in Encrypting depending upon size of pen-drive.
You can check it by removing and again re-inserting the pen drive.The System will ask you to enter the password to access the data. 

Now your all data remains safe. Also in case your pen drive is lost or gets stolen then also no one can use it without password. 
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Installing Drivers for "Unknown Devices" in Windows Xp

Most all home Admin’s have run into the dreaded “Unknown Device” after installing XP. Here are some steps to assist in getting the correct driver for PCI based devices.
Steps
  1. 1

    Get the “Plug and Play” ID (PNPID) for the device.

  2. 2

    Open the device manager. Double click on device, click “Details” tab, choose “Compatible IDs” from the drop down menu. With the mouse, highlight the first listing under “Value”, and copy using <Ctrl>+<C>, open notepad and paste.

  3. 3

    Now go to http://www.pcidatabase.com/vendors.php?sort=name

  4. 4

    I’ll take this ID for my example: PCI\VEN_1131&DEV_7134&REV_01

  5. 5

    The part after “PCI/ven_” and before “&”, is the Manufacturer ID. Open the find function and search for that ID on the given website. Then Click the link of the company.

  6. 6

    You’ll now be taken to the device lists of the company.

  7. 7

    The device ID is after “dev_” and before “&” in the ID. Just use your find function to find the device with that ID, and you’ll see its name in front of it.

  8. 8

    Locate driver. Ideally go to the manufacturer’s web site and download the latest released driver. If that is not available, check to see if you have the driver disk. If all else fails, there are a number of sites that have drivers archived.

  9. 9

    Install driver.

  10. 10

    If you need more help, ask for help from someone familiar with PC’s.

Tips

  • Create a record of what is currently identified in Device manager prior to a reinstall.
  • If this is an OEM machine there are usually download pages specific to the model.

Sources and Citations

How To Disable Unwanted Startup Programs

Most of the application creates an entry automatically when the computer starts whether you are using or not, It utilizes the ram and those reducing the performance.You can improve overall system performance and boot time of your computer by getting rid of programs you do not want running in the background, To speed up your startup process you have to remove those unwanted startup programs which are consuming those extra time.


Here’s how to disable unwanted start up programs:

Step 1- Click the start button and type msconfig into the search box and hit enter. (If you are using windows xp go to Run and type msconfig)

Disable+unwanted+startup+programs


Step 2- You will get system configuration window select the startup tab

Disable+unwanted+startup+program


Step 3- Go to through the list disabling program you don’t need and unticking the box left of them. The effects would take place next time you start your PC.