How to Copy Music From a MiniDisc to a Computer

Updated April 17, 2017

The MiniDisc player was invented after CDs. Although it is slightly more difficult than a CD, MiniDiscs can be transferred to a computer and saved in a digital format such as MP3. This is an effective way of backing up your music.

Insert a MiniDisc into the MiniDisc player.

Plug one end of the 3.5mm cable into the headphone socket on the player. Plug the other end into the "Line In" socket on your computer --- this is usually light blue.

Right-click the sound logo in your system tray and open "Recording Devices." Select "WaveOut Mix" and click "Set Default." Click "OK" to save the settings.

Click the Start icon, click "Programs" and open the "Accessories" menu. Locate "Sound Recorder" and select it. If you have other recording software installed, you might wish to use that instead.

Click the Record icon on Sound Recorder or your alternative recording software and press "Play" on the MiniDisc player.

Wait for the MiniDisc to end, then click the "Stop." If using Sound Recorder, the files are automatically exported to the desktop. With other pieces of software, click "File" and select "Export." Select a save destination and click "OK."

Things You'll Need

  • 3.5mm cable
  • MiniDisc player
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