Ripping Data CDs in a largely automated way
I recently found myself in the possession of 200+ compact discs (CDs) which I wanted to digitize. There are services which do this for between $1.15 and $2 per disc which I find unacceptably expensive.
I was surprised by my difficulty in finding online instructions on the process but eventually found I was able to accomplish the task with the following tools:
- A USB CD reader - in my case Dell USB DVD Drive-DW316
- ImgBurn to rip files from the reader
- IZArc to inspect the generated bin or cue files
- Install ImgBurn
- Open Tools > Settings…
- Under the Read tab:
- On Page 1, set your Default Destination to where you want the files to go
- On Page 2:
- Check “Insert Next Disc - Auto ‘OK’” and adjust slider to 1 second
- Check “Replace File - Auto ‘Rename’” and adjust slider to 1 second
Then insert a disc into the drive, select “Create image file from disc”, and once the drive ejects repeat the process until you have processed all the discs. I reocmmend backing up the files before destroying or recycling the discs to minimize chances of data loss.