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How to make an ISO file from a CD / DVD using Linux

Something a little bit different today.  I am going to show you how to make an ISO file from a CD / DVD using Linux.  This is very useful when you lose the CD you are after and need to burn a new copy.

For the purpose of this tutorial I will be using Linux Mint 13 and a Linux Mint 11 Live CD but the commands are identical on most major distributions.

The first thing to do is insert the CD in the drive.  Now we have to find the mount point for the CD so type:

sudo mount -l


chris@chris-mint13 ~ $ sudo mount -l
/dev/sda1 on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
none on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
udev on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
tmpfs on /run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,size=10%,mode=0755)
none on /run/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=5242880)
none on /run/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
/dev/sr0 on /media/Linux Mint 11 Katya 32-bit type iso9660 (ro,nosuid,nodev,uid=1000,gid=1000,iocharset=utf8,mode=0400,dmode=0500,uhelper=udisks) [Linux Mint 11 Katya 32-bit]


From the output above my CD drive is mounted at /dev/sr0.  Now we need to unmount it so type:

sudo umount /dev/sr0

Now we need to use the dd command so type:

dd if=/dev/sr0 of=/home/chris/Mint11.iso


/dev/sr0 is the CD mount point and /home/chris/Mint11.iso is the location to save the ISO file.

This will then make an ISO file of your CD.

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How to make a Windows PE CD

Go onto the internet and download the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) as this contains the files we require to make the Windows PE CD.  Once downloaded go to Start-All Programs-Windows AIK-Windows PE Tools.

Once the command prompt opens type:

Copype.cmd x86 C:\WinPE_x86

If your architechure is AMD then replace x86 with amd64.

Next type:

Copy “C:\Program files\Windows AIK\Tools\x86\imagex.exe” C:\WinPE_x86\ISO

Again if your architechure is AMD then replace x86 with amd64.

Next open up Notepad and create a file called Wimscript.ini and save it to the new WinPE_x86\ISO location.  Within the file type;





“System Volume Information”








Save the file again.

Back in the Windows PE Tools Command Prompt type the following:

Oscdimg -n -bc:\WinPE_x86\ c:\WinPE_x86\ISO c:\WinPE_x86\WinPE_x86.ISO

Once completed you can then use software of your choice to burn the iso file to a CD.

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