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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Best Free CD / DVD Burning Software

Best Free CD / DVD Burning Software

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When looking for the best free software program for either CD (Compact Disc) or DVD (Digitally Versatile Disc) I think it is worth the effort to precis your needs.

Keep in mind that CD & DVD burning programs are designed for you to author  CDs and DVDs for music, photos, movies, games, data, or other digital file and that will hopefully stimulate your creativity.. As well as CD burning software and DVD burner software, this category also includes Lightscribe software which enables you to produce laser-etched labels  with text or graphics, as opposed to stick-on labels and printable discs.

With new software (particularly new free software) don't be afraid to experiment and try  try a few different options before you decide on the right one for you.

As I am new to editing this category,  I have simply updated the information regarding the existing programs.

Watch this space however for information on some other great new programs I have uncovered.

Look forward to your comments and saying "Hello"


ImgBurnImgBurn is the product I decided is the most powerful free burning application I can find, for no other software comes close to its advanced features and options.

ImgBurn includes support for:

  • every modern optical disc from CD to Blu-Ray
  • more than 10 image formats
  • authoring rewritable discs
  • producing images from file compilations or discs
  • building audio CDs from a variety of file types
  • creating video discs on DVD, Blu-Ray, and HD-DVD
  • enabling access to drives for restricted users
  • endless tweaking of all aspects of the burn process

ImgBurn has several 'Modes', each one for performing a different task:

Read - Read a disc to an image file.
Build - Create an image file from files on your computer or network or you can write the files directly to a disc
Write - Write an image file to a disc
Verify - Check a disc is 100% readable. Optionally, you can also have ImgBurn compare it against a given image file to ensure the actual data is correct
Discovery - Put your drive / media to the test! Used in combination with DVDInfoPro, you can check the quality of the burns your drive is producing

ImgBurn's advanced features  may confuse you if you just want to do a basic burn. The welcome menu provides quick access to some common tasks, but other basic features such as erasing a re-writeable disc are not immediately visible. Playing around with ImgBurn for a while.   Exploring the menus will certainly reveal most of what you need. However, if you simply aren’t interested in advanced functionality  you may wish to check out my other recommendations. Although ImgBurn is primarily aimed at advanced users, I still feel that it is deserves top spot in this category.


BurnAware Free Burn Aware Free is probably the prettiest in the interface department for this collection and offers a step-by-step procedure for your burning projects. BurnAware Free is now probably one of the most popular free CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc burning software available for Windows. Using BurnAware Free Edition you can easily create and burn Audio and MP3 CD, Data and DVD-Video disc, ISO and Cue Image, erase or format rewritable disc, copy your CD or DVD to ISO image. This software is for personal, home use only

A launch window lets you choose the type of project you want and leads you through the process to completion. Navigating your directories is easy with BurnAware's file management system and adding files is as simple as highlighting them and hitting a button.   BurnAware offers enough features for most burning projects.
Sometimes you just need a simple program for your burning needs and don't need all the extra features of a paid application

Features of BurnAware Free

  • Burn Data, Bootable and Multisession discs
  • Burn Audio, Video and MP3 discs
  • Create and burn ISO/CUE/BIN images
  • Copy discs to ISO images
  • Erase rewritable disc


  • All media types (CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc) including Double Layer
  • All current hardware interfaces (IDE/SCSI/USB/1394/SATA) including AHCI
  • UDF/ISO9660/Joliet file systems (any combination)
  • On-the-fly writing (no staging to hard drive first)
  • Verification of written files
  • Multisession DVD-RW/DVD+RW
  • Unicode CD-Text (tracks and disc)
  • Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 (32 and 64 Bit), .Net framework is NOT required

Changes in BurnAware 3.0.6 :

  • Added Italian translation
  • Fixed bug with skipping sectors value in Boot options
  • Fixed bug with booting from boot disc


CDBurnerXPCD Burner XP is a another wonderful free tool.  It is especially brilliant if you are accustomed to using Nero.

Big picture -  CDBurnerXP is a quick and easy solution for creating audio CDs,Video Discs (DVD and Vlu-Ray) and has extra features for ripping your audio CDs and finding track info on the Web. It adds sessions to multisession discs, burns on-the-fly, verifies burns, erases rewritable media; creates audio discs, creates video DVDs; command line version; LightScribe cover printing support with very basic designer supporting custom background images; enables access to drives for restricted users; multilingual; some advanced features and options.

I like CDBurnerXP's clean user interface.  The four-paned interface makes it easy to find what you are looking for.  You can then drop-and-drag files to your chosen media. Also the audio player, which is included, helps you ensure you have captured the tracks you want. You may find the dropbox window handy as it allows you to browse your files using Windows Explorer and then quickly drop-and-drag files to your burn list as you go. Judging from other user reviews, some people had trouble with CDBurnerXP when burning data DVDs although I did find I was able to use this function without too many hassles.

Once again, CD BurnerXP supports common types of optical discs like CD, DVD, and Blue-Ray discs including double layer mediums. You will find creating Audio CDs, Video Discs, DVD or Blue-Ray, very easy.  I found dealing with re-writeable media is also very comfortable with this program. ISO files can be created and burned as well with support of converting BIN/NRG file formats into ISO.
CDBurnerXP is multilingual and natively supports 32 and 64 bits version of Windows 7.


InfraRecorderInfraRecorder is the software I  consider a review of free burning software must include, so I am listing it as my fourth choice. InfraRecorder is a stable project that has been popular for quite a long time. It supports all of the common features that a good burning application should have, and it works with all types of CDs and DVDs including dual layer discs. It even includes full command line support like CDBurnerXP. With InfraRecorder, you can burn and create images with support for bootable discs, author rewriteable discs, and create audio CDs and video DVDs. The interface is clean and simple without a lot of extras to make things confus

InfraRecorder is a respectable burning program, but it has a few disadvantages as well. It does not support Blu-Ray discs or HD-DVDs. It also does not include many advanced options for tweaking the burn process to perfection like ImgBurn. Its interface isn’t as nice as that of BurnAware Free, and it doesn’t have any extra features like CDBurnerXP. Aside from these possible downsides, it feels like a solid program that definitely deserves a chance at becoming a part of your favored software collection.



ashampoo navigation pageAshampoo Burning Studio  When trialing this software I was relieved to find is still simple and intuitive to use. For power, simplicity and file backup  I suggest you try the new Ashampoo Burning Studio 6.77 FREE which contains numerous  small improvements that make the program easier to use and more effective as well.

Anybody who is struggling with the ever increasing complexity of CD and DVD burning applications then Ashampoo 6.77 may be the answer you are looking for. If you want a program that focuses on burning discs quickly and easily with quality and a minimum fuss then this could be the program may well suit your needs.

This version retains all the advantages of previous versions as well as adding  multi-disc file backups and restores on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray.  The program creates compressed backup archives with powerful password protection as well as splitting archives automatically across multiple CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs.  I loved the fact it restored the archive contents to their original locations

Ashampoo Burning Studio 6.77 FREE also features , an integrated audio CD ripper which stores your audio tracks as WMA or WAV files with an option across all formats to set the number of copies you want to burn.  All discs can now be verified without ejecting first.

What`s new:

  • Multi-disc file backup and restore on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs
  • Create compressed backup archives with powerful password protection
  • Split archives automatically across multiple CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs
  • Restore archive contents to their original locations
  • Integrated Audio CD ripper - store your audio tracks as MP3, WMA or WAV files
  • New option for setting the number of copies you want to burn (available for all disc formats)
  • Discs can now be verified immediately without being ejected first (if the drive supports this feature
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ImgBurn      Gizmo's Top Pick


A free tool that enables you to burn CD/DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray images with ease.
Very flexible application with several advanced features not available in other tools.

Cons   Probably more suited to advanced users who will appreciate the extent of its configurability.
Note: The setup program includes a toolbar which does not have to be installed to use the software.
Developer Home Page
Download link
File Size     5.10 MB   Version   License Type Unrestricted Freeware   Installation Requirements Win 9x/ME/NT/2K/XP/2K3/Vista/7 ; If you use Wine, it should also run on Linux and other x86-based Unixes.
Portable version available   Portable version available
Info   Although no official portable version exists, Googling "ImgBurn portable" returns several results showing how to run it from a flash drive.

BurnAware Free    Rating 8 of 10


BurnAware Free is a free CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc burning software

Cons   Don't have the option of a floating window that features in programs such as CDBurnerXP
Developer Home Page
Download link
File Size   6.01 MB   Version 3.0.6   License Type Restricted Freeware (full commercial version available)   Installation Requirements Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 (works on x64 versions)

CDBurnerXP  Rating 8 of 10

Pros   Clean user friendly interface. Multi-session functionality
Cons   Requires Microsoft .NET Framework which limits portability
Developer Home Page
Download link
File Size     6.05MB   Version   License Type Unrestricted Freeware   Installation Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista/7 (works on x64 and x32 versions)
Portable version available   Portable version available

Microsoft .NET Framework and Microsoft Windows Media Format 9.0 Update are required.

The portable version is available here.

InfraRecorder    Rating 7 of 10

Pros   supports CD-R/CD-RW/DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM (double layer mediums included); burns discs from images or files, creates bootable discs, creates images from files or discs, copies discs to discs (does not seem to bypass copyright protection), adds sessions to multisession discs, fixates discs, burns on-the-fly, verifies burns, erases rewritable media; creates audio discs, creates video DVDs; command line version; multilingual; simple, easily accessible interface
Cons   does not support HD-DVD, Blu-Ray; lacks advanced features
Developer Home Page
Download link
File Size   3.27 MB   Version 0.50   License Type Open Source Freeware (includes program code)   Installation Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista (natively supports x64 versions)
64 Bit version available   64 Bit version available   Portable version available Portable version available

Ashampoo Burning Studio    Rating 9 of 10

Pros   Full featured CD/DVD/Blu-Ray burning suite that enables you to create data, music, video and audio discs
Cons   Tries to install toolbar. Need to deselect if not wanted
Developer Home Page
Download link
File Size   8.21MB   Version 6.77   License Type Unrestricted Freeware   Installation Requirements Windows XP/Vista/7
64 Bit               version available   64 Bit version available   Portable version               available Portable version not available
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I have tried out CD Burner XP and it works great and is easy to use. If you have tried any of the rest. Let me know what you think...


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