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How to Copy a CD to SD

Updated February 21, 2017

A CD, while providing digital music playback, is physically unable to be used on digital mobile devices like MP3 players and cell phones. Copy the contents of a CD onto a Secure Digital (SD) card so that the music files can be played on-the-go. The procedure is similar whether using a PC or a Mac and does not require any additional software, since the computer's operating system has the necessary utility built in for copying files.

Eject the disc tray of the DVD drive, place the CD on the disc tray and close the disc tray if using a PC. Insert the CD into the DVD slot on the side if using a Mac. Wait for the icon of the CD to appear on the desktop.

Right-click on the desktop. Select "New folder" from the pop-up menu. Name the folder "CD contents."

Double-click on the icon of the CD that is on the desktop. Click inside of the window that appears. Press "Ctrl+A" if using a PC or "Command+A" if using a Mac to select all of the files on the CD.

Drag the files onto the icon of the "CD contents" folder. Wait as a copy progress bar appears on the desktop, fills in from right to left (PC) or left to right (Mac) before disappearing.

Right-click on the icon of the CD and select "Eject" from the pop-up menu if using a PC, or drag the icon of the CD to the Trash if using a Mac.

Eject the disc tray of the DVD drive, remove the CD from the disc tray and close the disc tray if using a PC. Remove the CD from the slot if using a Mac.

Insert the slotted end of a SD card into the slot on a SD card adaptor. Insert the USB connector on the SD card adaptor into a USB port on the computer. Wait for the icon of the SD card to appear on the desktop.

Double-click on the icon of the "CD contents" folder to open its window. Click inside of the window.

Press "Ctrl+A" if using a PC or "Command+A" if using a Mac to select all of the files inside of the folder.

Drag the files from out of the folder and onto the icon of the SD card. Wait as a copy progress bar appears on the desktop, fills in from right to left (PC) or left to right (Mac) before disappearing.

Right-click on the icon of the SD card and select "Eject" from the pop-up menu if using a PC, or drag the icon of the SD card to the Trash if using a Mac.

Remove the SD card adaptor from the USB port of the computer. Remove the SD card from the SD card adaptor. Archive or delete the "CD contents" folder.

Tip

A SD card adaptor will not be needed if the computer has a SD card slot built into it.

Things You'll Need

  • SD card adaptor
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About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."