Compact disks are fast turning out to be a thing of the past. This is not entirely without reason; CDs and DVDs are sensitive devices that often stop working if you scratch their surface even by accident. Other times, the CDs go corrupt with nothing done to them, just because of the passage of time. Therefore, if you have data that is important to you solely stored in a CD, it is probably a good idea to get them stored in other place as well that are more reliable. To do this, you have to take one of several routes available to you. Here’s a list of the relatively simpler ways.


  1. Create a Copy of Your disk

This involves the use of a disk cloning software, EaseUS Disk Copy Free, to create a second disk just like the one you already have. The idea is that even if one of them gets damaged, you’ll still have a second one to gather all your important data from. Copying can be done in most computers these days, although if you have a computer that is more than five years old, you need to check your vendor specifications to make sure that the optical drive of your computer has an inbuilt CD or DVD burner. The software in question works by creating an “image” in an .iso file followed by burning the image on a fresh, empty compact disk.

  1. Create an image file

This is similar to the procedure discussed earlier, except that this time you merely use the disk clone software to create an image of your CD into a file that can be stored in hard drives. Because hard drives are relatively better memory retention, it’s quite possible that they will remain with you for longer. The only potential concerns then are that if you are particularly unlucky, even hard drives can crash, as does most devices in your household. There are ways of securing your disk still, as we will discuss later.

  1. When your disk is write-protected

If your disk is write-protected, chances are that you will not be able to copy it onto another disk. However, there are that allow people to do so and they’re available with a simple Google search. Whether these work depends on the type of encryption involved in the disk. If the encryption is on a hardware level, it is impossible to disk clone it. However, certain software level encryption can be overridden by proper tweaking. Hence, it is useful to check for ways you can achieve it.

  1. Image to cloud

Perhaps the best way you can take care of your important data is by uploading them to cloud storage. By far, the most effective and secure means of storing data online is the cloud. If you have a software package such as Office 365, you can get unlimited cloud storage round the year. Storing things on the cloud implies that you will never lose them because of hardware issues.