How to Copy Microfiche to a CD

Updated July 19, 2017

Microfiche is a sheet of microfilm that contains numerous pages of information photographed and miniaturised to fit on a small sheet. It is then magnified and read using a Microfiche reader. Many libraries and universities still have large Microfiche archives, but, with technological advancements, it has become a more obsolete format for archiving. Users looking to transfer information stored on Microfiche to a CD must first scan the Microfiche, with a high-definition flatbed scanner, and then burn it.

Connect a flatbed high definition scanner (7200 dots per inch or more recommended) to your computer. Lift the lid of your scanner and place the Microfiche face down on the scanner. Close the lid.

Press the "Scan" or "Start" button on your scanner. Your computer will automatically launch its native photo editor. When the scan is complete it will appear as an image file in your photo editor.

Create a folder on your computer to store the scanned Microfiche images. Save the image as a JPG file. Repeat as necessary for all the Microfiche images you want to copy to CD.

Open your CD burning software and select the "Make Photo CD" or "Create Data CD" option, depending on your software. All burning software works in a similarly intuitive way. Browse for the folder you stored the Microfiche images in on your computer and click "Add." You can also drag and drop the folder into the project window of your burning software. Click "Next."

Insert a blank CD-R and click "Burn" or "OK." Wait for the CD to complete successfully. Your Microfiche images are now copied and can be viewed on a CD.

Things You'll Need

  • High definition flatbed scanner (7200 dots per inch)
  • CD burner
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Based in New York City, Chris Caruso has been a contributing writer since 1999. His work has appeared in publications such as "Frank 151," "Rebirth Magazine" and "Pound Magazine." Caruso holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University in Toronto.