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ImgBurn is the tool for copying bootable DVDs. Not only can you copy the DVD to your drive, but you can use ImgBurn later to remake the bootable DVD.
Can I copy a bootable DVD to my hard disk for future burning to DVD? And with the future disc, can I use it to boot my PC afterwards? Or do I need to make the disc bootable again from the copied files by a third-party application like Nero or Magic ISO Maker?
In this excerpt from Answercast #22, I look at ISO files and explain how they are easily created and managed with ImgBurn.
No, it's very simple. This is exactly what ISO files are. They are complete images of the DVD, including the boot information that's placed at the beginning.
That's how operating systems like Ubuntu can be distributed. They're distributed as ISO files which you then burn to a DVD or CD. Then you can just boot from those media.
That can do both sides of what it is you're looking for:
You can then save that; do whatever you like with it; archive it, whatever. But when the time comes:
As a result, you'll have a complete copy of the original DVD you started with. If that original DVD was bootable, then so will this one be.
Now, there's one exception I'm going to throw out here, just because I know that people often think of this: commercial video DVDs.
They often have copy protection on them. A simple tool like ImgBurn is not able to copy a commercial video DVD to an ISO file. Much less have that ISO file be usable for you to burn it back to a new blank DVD. You need to have special software to do that kind of thing - DVD-ripping software.
But for what you're doing, for bootable data CDs, ImgBurn is the tool you
want to use.
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