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 Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Navigate to the DVD contents using Windows Explorer.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

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

  8. 8

    Navigate to the blank DVD in Windows Explorer.

  9. 9

    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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