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ImgBurn for burning CDs/DVDs

by Timothy 18 October 2012 5 Comments

Introduction to ImgBurn

As a specialist in the software industry, I receive many requests for installation discs of various kinds of software. This has requires me to make copies of those DVDs/CDs that I give away because most people normally don’t return them. Additionally, I like to make backup’s of my photos and documents onto DVDs. I have been using ImgBurn, a freeware application for efficient, fast and reliable burning of DVD’s and CD’s.

ImgBurn is an-easy to use software and is compatible with all windows operating systems. It has been in the market for about six years. Since its first release, various versions of the same have been released. Currently we have version 2.5.7.0 as the latest release.

It supports several modes to help you with the most common tasks. These modes include Read mode for reading a disc to an image file, Build mode for creating image files from your storage file, Write mode for writing the image to the disc, Verify mode and the Discovery mode. Verify mode is used to check if a disk is 100% readable and can also be used to compare disks. The discovery mode is used to test the written drive or media.

What makes ImgBurn different?

ImgBurn is very flexible. It is equipped with several advanced features that are often missing in other tools. These features give it an advantage over competitors, and increases the chance that you will have everything you need in just one piece of software.
In addition, this tool supports all the latest types of DVD and CD drives. Therefore, there is no need to spend time messing around looking for and installing the latest drive updates. Don’t forget that all windows operating systems are supported and there is way this tool can be made to run in UNIX based operating systems.

Key Features

  • Supports a wide range of image file formats –This includes BIN, CCD, CDI, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI
  • It supports Unicode folder/file names.
  • ImgBurn can burn Audio CD’s from any file type supported via DirectShow / ACM
  • ImgBurn can also be used to build DVD Video discs (from a VIDEO_TS folder), HD DVD Video discs (from a HVDVD_TS folder) and Blue-ray Video discs (from a BDAV / BDMV folder) with ease.
  • There is a queue system that is used when burning many items.

Screenshots

This is how ImgBurn will appear on your computer
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Reliability and Performance

ImgBurn is one of the cleanest and fastest utilities we have tested in our labs. It performs well, and it takes little space on your disk (approximately 5 MB). It produces flawless results consistently. It is also reliable (note that we test the latest release).

Authority and credibility

ImgBurn has been in the market for a while. It is widely recognized. Sites like Cnet and many others have listed it as one of the most popular and downloaded burning program. We have too tested it and we recommend its download and usage. But ensure you download it from a reputable site and don’t use it in burning copy-protected disks.

Pros

  • It is very fast and reliable.
  • It can burn Blue-ray disks (not every freeware image burner can do this).
  • It can be used to create bootable ISO files (useful if you are creating operating system disks)

Cons

For sure, this is one program that is hard to find faults in. Below are the few points we managed to get here, though it wasn’t easier to identify them.

  • ImgBurn cannot burn copy-protected content.
  • It mostly runs on windows operating systems.
  • Its complex settings may put off beginners or novice users.

Conclusion

This is a powerful and reliable utility will take care of 99% of your burning visual/optical disc needs. Its graphical user interface can be as simple or as complex as you the user can choose (there are a few simple choices and complex settings). I have used it for a while and indeed it is a great tool. Don’t hesitate in giving it a try, you will like it.

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5 Comments »

  • jonty said:

    I am already a big fan of this program, and am very grateful for the prompts/hints and auto correct features the author provides.
    However I am still a novice as far as disc creation and burning is concerned.
    If it exists is there a piece of documentation that can explain the intricacies like; Cue, Bin, Mds, Bup, Ifo, Build etc., as I would like to be able to take full advantage of the software.

    Thanks for any recommendations.

  • Laura said:

    Thanks for all the great info. I’ve seen quite a bit out there about ImgBurn. I too am a novice and found this resource to be super helpful as far as thoroughly explaining the actual CD Burning process and thought maybe it could be useful to someone else: http://www.real.com/resources/how-to-burn-a-cd

  • James said:

    Hi Laura, thats for the link to real-player. Maybe we should re-review this tool soon.

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