Have A Need To Burn CD/DVDs? – Checkout Free CDBurnerXP 4.4.0

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The predictions are  – CDs and DVDs, as storage media, are on the way out. It seems a reasonable prediction given the  availability, and cost effectiveness, of both large capacity USB Flash Drives and large capacity USB portable Hard Drives. We’ve come a long way from the days when I bought my first USB stick – with its tiny 128 MB capacity (huge, in its day) – to today’s mega monsters.

It’s hardly surprising then, that CD/DVD costs have taken a dramatic tumble. I recently came across an offer at a local “excess inventory” outlet, which makes that point eloquently – 100 Memorex DVDs for $2.96. I couldn’t buy drink coasters at that price and, old/damaged CD/DVDs make very acceptable coasters.   Smile

So, despite the fact that solid state devices are cheap and portable and, are often ideal for long term storage, I still have a need to burn data to DVDs. If you have a similar need, and you’re looking for value in a CD/DVD burner (and what can be better than free), then CDBurnerXP (last updated November, 2011), is definitely a significant freeware application.

The fairly simple interface makes it a breeze to use for even the most inexperienced user, although it should be said that some users have mentioned the interface has some confusing aspects.  Hmm, I don’t see it.

I have burned dozens of DVDs in the last year using this free application, and in every case, CDBurnerXP did the job flawlessly. I can’t tell you how many times, over the years, a burner has misbehaved – but lots, comes close.

If you’re looking for a free CD/DVD burner application to do what it says it will do, with an easy to work with interface, then CDBurnerXP could be the program you’ve been looking for.

The following screen captures illustrate just how “one click simple” it is to burn an ISO for example, using CDBurnerXP.

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Now, how hard is that?

Quick facts:

Burn audio-CDs with, and without gaps between tracks

Burn on the fly (you don’t have to image the disc in advance)

Rip Audio-CDs to a Hard Drive

Obtains track-information (ID3-tags) from the Internet

Burn and create ISO-files

Create bootable discs

Drag-and-drop

Multilanguage interface

Customizable with many settings

Data verification after burn,

Simple cover printing

Supports most IDE, USB, FireWire and SCSI drives

Free – (for both personal and corporate use)

No adware, malicious components, or restrictions

Available languages: Arabic, Bahasa Melayu, Catalan, Georgian, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Slovenian.

System Requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Win 7 (64 bit available Vista and Win 7).

Additional Requirements: .NET Framework 2.0

Download at: CDburnerXP

A portable version of CDBurnerXP (last updated January 8th, 2012) which includes the full feature set (ideal for installation on a Flash Drive), is available at: Softpedia

Note: If you are using a DVD-RW (as I did for these tests) which already contains data – CDBurnerXP will not warn you that you are about to overwrite that data.

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9 responses to “Have A Need To Burn CD/DVDs? – Checkout Free CDBurnerXP 4.4.0

  1. Munch

    Bill, my go-to for burning discs is ImgBurn. It’s dead simple and has been reliable for years. I don’t know if you’ve every used it but it also has the LOUDEST job completed sound ever which comes in extremely handy if I start a copy in Missouri and want to be alerted when its completed while I am in Rhode Island.

    • I have to agree Muncher – ImgBurn is a terrific application.

      Used it – abused it – but, never reviewed it. Time to correct that.

      Thanks for bring this up. I’ll watch out for that sound you mentioned. 🙂

      Bill

  2. I wish CD-R prices would take a tumble around where I live. I burn a lot of discs and rarely find deals on them. Best Buy, Target and the big office supply stores all fetch around $30 for a spindle pack of 100, and a little bit more for DVD-Rs, though once in a while I can find some brand on closeout for less. For something that’s such a commodity now, I’m surprised at the high prices. I usually end up going to Costco and stocking up for around $15 per 100.

    I’ll definitely check out CDBurnerXP. Thanks for the heads-up on that, Bill.

  3. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    I also like ImgBurn and find it really easy to use. This will give a useful comparison, thanks.

    Kind regards
    John

  4. Munch

    How do these to applications contrast? Is it worth checking out CDBurnerXP if I’m content with ImgBurn?

    • Hi Muncher,

      Contentment is its own reward in a way. Personally, I stick with what I’m used to – I just find it easier.

      I’ve just started running with ImgBurn so I’ll post something on this in the next day or two.

      Best,

      Bill

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