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I want to make a .iso image of a bootable OS DVD, to use in VirutalBox.

Nautilus can make a .iso, but only of data files, it seems.
The .iso it created was not bootable.

What is available to make a bootable .iso from a bootable DVD?

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You can use Brasero to copy a CD to an .iso; this is installed by default.

Select the option to copy a CD, select the CD drive as the source, and an image file as the target...

Or from inside Nautilus: go to "Computer", right-click on the CD drive, en select "Copy Disc...". (Or something like that, I'm using a local language system here.)

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As a relatively new Ubuntu user, I'm very much in discovery mode, so I've been testing out lots of apps... and it seems that I must have lost Brasero somewhere along the way... The only CD/DVD program in my Applicatons menu was CD/DVD Creator whose command is: nautilus --no-default-window --no-desktop burn:/// ... I'll re-install Brasereo... I've just looked at in a VM and the relevant option is certainly there... (even I can see it :) ... Thanks. –  Peter.O Oct 25 '10 at 8:00
It's good & fun to be in discovery mode. :) –  JanC Oct 25 '10 at 9:42

First up, you can give VMs access to the host's DVD drive in VBox, this is done where you would normally add an ISO as a drive.

If this doesn't suit you, try ISO Master, available through apt/synaptic. It has some nice advanced features for ripping the boot sector out of existing DVD/CDs and adding that boot sector image to an ISO.

That said, ripping an image of the ISO with ISO Master should take the boot sector intact, and you won't need to transfer it manually.

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ISO Master (isomaster in Synaptic) seems to be a handy ISO etitor, but there is now way I can find to copy an original DVD intact (with its original boot info)... It reads ISO files only, and yes, it does offer some "make an iso bootable" options, but unfortuantely that's not what I need right now... but this may come in handy for some other situation down the track. –  Peter.O Oct 25 '10 at 7:28
Just a sec, I know you can do it, I'll take a look. –  Jeremy Oct 25 '10 at 23:53
Ok, my bad, right you are. Open up brasero from the Sound & Video menu. Click on the "Disc Copy" option and select "Image File" as your destination. –  Jeremy Oct 25 '10 at 23:57

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