Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software

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Introduction

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 consider your exact requirements.

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 files that will hopefully stimulate your creativity. As well as CD and DVD burning 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 free software, don't be afraid to experiment and try a few different options before you decide on the right one for you.

 

Rated Products

ImgBurn  

A very flexible burning application with advanced features


Our Rating: 
5
License: Free
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.
Bundled with OpenCandy - see information link in review text. Probably more suited to advanced users who will appreciate the extent of its configurability.
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CDBurnerXP  

A quick and easy solution for creating audio and video discs and ripping audio CDs


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Limited features)
Clean user friendly interface. Multi-session functionality.
Requires Microsoft .NET Framework.
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InfraRecorder  

A respectable burning program with all common features


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free
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.
Does not support HD-DVD, Blu-Ray; lacks advanced features.
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BurnAware Free  

A simple program for your burning needs


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Private/Educational use)
BurnAware Free is a free CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc burning software
Doesn't have the option of a floating window that features in programs such as CDBurnerXP.
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Comments

Running SetupImgBurn_2.5.8.0 /nocandy in the Command Prompt serves the purpose, or doesn't it?

ImgBurn installed OpenCandy (adware) in my computer. I did an online search and I found this info:

https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=127903
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1503852

Malwarebytes did a good job removing that piece of malware.

I have uninstalled ImgBurn from my computer. I am hoping Gizmo's Tech Support Alert will soon remove this program from the list.

We do make this clear in both the review text and product details in the Quick Selection Guide. Although this practice is not something we support, any extras can be avoided by following the advice we give. Bundled components and wrapped installers are so common now and not reason enough on their own for a product to be disqualified from our reviews. MC - Site Manager.

I want to report that the Help-->Contents in InfraRecorder doesn't work. Clicking on it DOES brings up a help window, but there are no help topics. The same goes for the portable version.

There's no help to be had at SourceForge either, as evidenced by:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/infrarecorder/support?source=navbar

and...

http://sourceforge.net/p/infrarecorder/bugs/712/

I want to suggest that an appropriate note should be made against the entry in this article. Potential users will then be aware of this issue instead of wasting their time.

Just a FYI ImgBurn is bundled with OpenCandy now. Not sure if someone else has already commented on it but I figured I'd mention it since I didn't see it included with the review. On a separate note I love this web site. It's impossible to find unbiased reviews that aren't sponsored by a company. I've learned to always check here first. Thanks for all the hard work that goes into this site.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Details have now been added to the review. MC - Site Manager.

FYI: Also bundled with..
'Install Angry Birds & MyFreeGames Toolbar, set default search & new tabs to MyFreeGames Search, and set my homepage on my browser to MyFreeGames Search'.
No thanks, Declining is not obvious, typical confuse a cat gotcha for the innocent set up,...time to look for an alternative, or stay with the previous version.

Installed imgburn using download mirror from the authors site, then soon had snap.do hijack my chrome home page. I don't know for sure if imgburn was the reason but feels suspicious. New install of Win7 x64 with McAfee Enterprise 8.8, Zemana anti-logger, anti-malware bytes, and AnVir task Mgr free. I could not get AnVir task mgr window to open (even though windows task mgr showed it as a running process), so I uninstalled, re-downloaded and then re-installed it, during re-installation it gave the two message warnings of new startup items videosaver and snap.do. I opened the browser to look-up their names and found it redirected to snap.do. Maybe the AnVir download was corrupted with malware. I don't know for sure. I am reverting to a backup image from this morning before installing imgburn...

I have a problem using CDBurnerXP. I have the Beatles Stereo box set of CDs that I was wanting to copy to blank CDs. I have never seen this before but the CDs in the set have no *.cda files on it. I know these files have no musical data and only point to the music data. When I select the "audio disc" option on CDBurnerXP, it reads the CD but says it is empty. It appears that CDBurnerXP needs the *.cda files in order to produce a copy. I have ripped the Beatles CDs with iTunes without any problem. Does anyone know of a CD burner that will work with CDs that don't have the *.cda files? I'd prefer a program that copies the audio CD and burns it to a blank CD in one step rather than have to save audio files to my C drive first.

Thanks,

George

CDs may have some kind of copy protection. Try holding SHIFT key while loading CD.

I don't think the CDs are copy protected because iTunes wouldn't have ripped them if they were copy protected. The CDs simply don't have cda files which I don't think a CD player actually needs to play the disc. I suppose the act of not including the cda files may have been intended as a kind of copy protection.

If you just want to copy the disc onto a blank disc, then just make an image of the audio disc, and that burn that image on a blank disc. No need of ripping the audio files, and then burning them back again.

What software do I use to make an image of the disc and burn it?

CDBurnerXP itself will do it :). I don't use it nowadays, so I won't be able to point it out, but I am sure you will find it in the program if you look for it. If not, please post again, and I will install the program and point to you how to get to that.

Thank you for your help. I decided to install ImgBurn that receives numerous good reviews on the internet. It worked quite well. It created *.bin and *.cue files on my hard disc from which I was able to burn CDs that play well. I followed directions on this web page which are quite simple.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/computers/585878-copy-backup-music-cdrom-...

In addition to the directions, I decided to use the "Verify" option to verify the *.bin and *.cue files to the CD. I don't know how important it is to do that. If anyone else decides to try ImgBurn, be aware that you need to uncheck the option to install the Ask toolbar during the installation process.

George

Good to know you were able to successfully copy the disc using ImgBurn. Actually, any of the free burners will be able to do that job, of making an image, and then burning it on a disc, since it can be found on them all. Since you had CDBurnerXP, that's why I had told that it will do the job well. Anyways, ImgBurn is also a great program, and it's good that it was able to do the job for you. I personally use BurnAware Free, and I find it very easy to use with a simple and pleasant interface. It too has the feature to make an image and burn it. Regarding the image, there are different image formats, and .bin is one of them, which is accompanied by .cue often. Other format is .ISO, which I like to use, and it involves only a single file creation, and is the most commonly used image format. Others are also there. I save my images in .ISO format using BurnAware. Of course, there are several ways of doing the same thing, like you did.

re: cdburnerXP, with the newer updates I encountered a problem with cataloging discs with cathy.exe.
It seems like the discs all get the same serial number which causes Cathy to believe all discs are the same.

I have advised the author about this. version 4.3xx and older do not have this problem.

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