How to Copy an Unfinalized DVD

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How to Copy an Unfinalized DVD
Copy an unfinalized DVD using drag-and-drop functionality. (a dvd-r disc image by wayne ruston from

Unfinalized DVDs are created when the user intends to add additional content later in the life of the disc. These DVDs record information in a manner that uses the native DVD file format; however, the logical placement of the files is akin to that of standard hard drives. This logical placement allows for data to be added at a later time. Copying unfinalized DVDs is very similar to a standard copy procedure as drag-and-drop functionality is all that is required.

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    Insert the DVD to be copied into the computer's optical drive.

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    Navigate to the DVD contents using Windows Explorer.

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    Press the "Control" and "A" keys simultaneously to select all contents on the disc.

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    Create a new folder in which to store the copied contents of the DVD. This is accomplished in Windows Explorer by right-clicking with the mouse in the correct location and selecting "New" then "Folder" from the context menu that appears.

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    Right-click within the new folder and select the "Paste" heading from the context menu.

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    Remove the DVD from the drive and insert a new, blank DVD.

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    Press the "Control" and "A" keys simultaneously to select all contents within the folder.

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    Navigate to the blank DVD in Windows Explorer.

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    Drag-and-drop the highlighted folder contents into the blank DVD's Windows Explorer window. This copies the files from the folder to the new DVD.

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