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Old 06-18-2005, 07:42 AM   #1
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Create ISO files from audio, data and video cds

I've read through a few threads about how to create ISO images and audio dittos. None of these however answered my question.

I would like to make images out of all my cds and put them on my backup server. The cds are of different formats; some are normal data, others audio or video. Basically, the images should be a backup in case (or rather when) the cd will stop functioning. Is this achievable with some kind of application/tool generating readable and burnable 'ISO' files?

My impression has been that audio cds for example, can't be "mirrored" into ISO files with the normal "mkisofs -RJ -o image.iso" command.

Grateful for any suggestions!

Thanks in advance!
Old 06-18-2005, 10:43 AM   #2
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Have you tried it? I was under the impression that you can make an ISO out of anything.

Just use /dev/cdrom or whatever as the source for mkisofs. I've backed up quite a few game cds this way.
Old 06-18-2005, 01:23 PM   #3
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Originally posted by wildcat22
Have you tried it? I was under the impression that you can make an ISO out of anything.
I actually haven't tried it. However, I've read that and ISO image only contains one track - audio cds are built out of several dittos. This according to (I've just posted the same question there - but I doubt that they will provide a linux solution).

It'd be great if they were wrong - it will be a hassle for me to use different image formats for different cd types...

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Old 06-19-2005, 02:44 AM   #4
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dd if=/dev/cdrom of=image.iso
I don't know (in fact, I doubt) if that will work with Audio CDs, but video / data CDs work fine with it.
Replace /dev/cdrom with your actual CD device if it isn't already symlinked to it.
For Audio CDs your best option is probably storing the tracks in WAV/AIFF/FLAC form after ripping with cdparanoia or some other comparable tool.
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If I were to do it... I would just rip the audio file format to .wav .mp3 etc... and save then on your server, or burn .iso's from the digital (somewhat compressed), formats...

Never tried buning an audio CD as an .iso, but it's probably been done by someone...



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