Great tool for writing CD, DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray images



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    Sophia Jones

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    Windows (All Versions)

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ImgBurn is a lightweight CD, DVD, HD-DVD, or Blu-ray burning software. It has several modes, each for performing different tasks. With the app, you can read a disc to an image file, creates an image file from files on your computer or network (you also can write the files directly to a disc).

ImgBurn is a Windows-based software application designed to facilitate the creation and manipulation of disk images
. A disk image is a complete copy of a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc, including all its files and folder structures, which can be stored as a single file on your computer. The tool is known for its lightweight nature and versatility in handling various image formats, making it a popular choice for burning, reading, and creating disk images.

With this tool, you can write an image file to a disc, ensure that a disc is 100% readable (you can also have ImgBurn compare it against a given image file to ensure the actual data is correct), and discovery used in combination with DVDInfoPro, you can check the quality of the burns your drive is producing.

Itsupports a wide range of image file formats - including BIN, CCD, CDI, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG, and PDI. It can burn Audio CDs from any file type supported via DirectShow / ACM - including AAC, APE, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, MPC, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMA, and WV. You can use it to build DVD Video discs (from a VIDEO_TS folder), HD DVD Video discs (from an HVDVD_TS folder) and Blu-ray Video discs (from a BDAV / BDMV folder) with ease.

It 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 Img Burn 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

Create Disk Images: You can create ISO, BIN, and other disk image files from physical media or existing files and folders on your computer.

Burn Disk Images: It allows you to burn disk images to physical media like CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs. It supports various burn modes and provides options for fine-tuning the burning process.

Verify and Test: After burning a disk, it can verify the integrity of the written data to ensure a successful burn. It can also perform test burns without actually writing to a disc.

Advanced Options: For more experienced users, it offers advanced settings for tweaking the burning process, including layer break settings, file system types, and buffer settings.

Build Mode: This feature enables you to create custom disk images by compiling files and folders from your computer into a single image.

Reads: You can use the tool to read and extract data from disk images back to your computer's storage.

Support for Various Formats: It supports a wide range of image formats, including ISO, BIN, CUE, IMG, NRG, and more.

User Interface

ImgBurn's user interface is straightforward and utilitarian. It may not win any design awards, but it gets the job done efficiently. The main window is divided into several sections, with each section dedicated to a specific task or function. Novice users might find the interface a bit overwhelming initially, but with some exploration, it becomes intuitive to navigate.

Installation and Setup

Installing the software is a breeze. Simply download the installer from the official website or a trusted source like FileHorse and run it. The installation process is quick and straightforward. During installation, you can choose whether to install additional software bundled with the app. It's advisable to pay attention to these options and opt-out of any additional software if you prefer a clean installation.

How to Use

Creating a Disk Image:
  • Launch.
  • Click on "Create image file from disc."
  • Select the source drive (the physical CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive).
  • Choose the destination folder and file name for the image.
  • Click the "Read" button to start creating the image.
Burning a Disk Image:
  • Launch the program.
  • Click on "Write image file to disc."
  • Select the source image file.
  • Choose the destination drive (the physical CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive).
  • Adjust burning settings if needed.
  • Click the "Write" button to start burning.
Creating a Custom Disk Image:
  • Launch.
  • Click on "Build" mode.
  • Add files and folders to your compilation.
  • Set output options and file system settings.
  • Click the "Build" button to create the custom image.
Verifying a Disk Image:
  • Launch.
  • Click on "Verify disc."
  • Select the source drive (the physical CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive).
  • Click the "Verify" button to start the verification process.
Reading Data from an Image:
  • Launch the app.
  • Click on "Read image file to disc."
  • Select the source image file.
  • Choose the destination drive (where you want to extract the data).
  • Click the "Read" button to begin the reading process.

Is ImgBurn safe to use?
Yes, ImgBurn is safe to use when downloaded from the official website or reputable sources like FileHorse. Be cautious when downloading from unofficial websites to avoid malware.

Can I use ImgBurn on Windows 10/11?
Yes, the program is compatible with Windows 10 and 11, as well as earlier versions of Windows.

What is the difference between ISO and BIN/CUE formats?
ISO is a standard disk image format, while BIN/CUE is an older format that includes both the binary data (BIN) and a separate cue sheet (CUE) for describing the disc's layout.

Can I create a bootable USB drive with ImgBurn?
No, ImgBurn is primarily designed for creating and manipulating disk images. To create a bootable USB drive, you'll need a different tool like Rufus or the Windows Media Creation Tool.

Does ImgBurn support multi-session discs?
Yes, it supports creating multi-session discs, allowing you to add more data to an existing disc in subsequent burning sessions.


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ImgBurn is FREE software, available for personal and commercial use without any cost. There are no premium or paid versions, which makes it an attractive choice for budget-conscious users.

System Requirements
  • Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11
  • CPU: Pentium 166MHz or higher
  • RAM: 32MB or more
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 10MB
  • Free to use with no hidden costs.
  • Versatile support for various disk image formats.
  • Lightweight and doesn't consume much system resources.
  • Reliable burning and verification capabilities.
  • Advanced options for experienced users.
  • This product is not developed actively anymore.
  • The user interface may appear dated and intimidating for beginners.
  • Lacks support for creating bootable USB drives.
  • No official Mac or Linux versions available (Windows only).

In conclusion, it remains a solid choice for anyone in need of a reliable, free, and feature-rich disk image manipulation tool. Its ability to create, burn, and verify disk images makes it an indispensable utility for both casual users and professionals. While the user interface might not be the most visually appealing, its functionality more than compensates for it. ImgBurn's extensive format support and advanced options are bound to satisfy even the most demanding users.

If you're looking for a powerful, no-frills solution for all your CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning needs, ImgBurn is a top contender worth considering. Just be sure to download it from reputable sources to ensure your safety while using this excellent piece of software.

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What's new in this version:

- Added: Holding the ALT key when clicking on DLE window's Disc pane column header will now remove the sort order (so they're then essentially sorted by addition order).
- Added: Ability to incrementally search the Explorer pane in the 'Disc Layout Editor' window.
- Added: The effective USB connection speed (1.1, 2.0, 3.0) for USB devices to the initial device scan log entries.
- Added: Log entry when burning showing the effective layer break position.
- Added: Log entry when burning that shows the number of discs a Lite-On drive thinks it has burnt.
- Added: Pioneer drives now list their 'Kernel Version' next to the firmware version.
- Added: The Windows 7+ taskbar button/progress display now turns red if an I/O error box pops up during a read/write (etc.) operation.
- Added: The ability to set the 'Platform ID' when building a bootable disc - thus enabling the creation of UEFI bootable discs.
- Added: Internal version of the 'BurnerMax Payload' code (well, what I could figure out) to allow for overburning DVD+R DL on many MediaTek chipset based drives. In practice, this only seems to work on Lite-On (and clone) drives that have 'Force HyperTuning' enabled.
- Added: MSF info to the 'Sector Viewer' tool.
- Added: Allow for larger I/O buffer (1GB).
- Added: Option to pick the transfer size (32KB -> 512 KB) used when reading / writing files.
- Added: Option to enable/disable the OS's buffering when writing image files.
- Added: Ability to make the Explorer pane in the DLE window 'Read Only'.
- Added: Support for Opus audio compression format.
- Added: Support for TAK lossless audio compression format (including embedded CUE sheets).
- Added: Ability to use a '*' wildcard for 'backup list' directory entries in an IBB project file (applies to Advanced input mode).
- Added: A few keyboard shortcuts to the DLE window. (Ctrl+Shift+C = New Disc (Clear), Ctrl+Shift+D = Add Folder (Directory), Ctrl+Shift+F = Add Files, Ctrl+Shift+N = New Folder)
- Changed: No longer bundling/offering the toolbar in the setup program, OpenCandy now handles product offerings during installation.
- Changed: Buffered I/O is now enabled by default for reading/writing files.
- Changed: Update the splashscreen logo.
- Changed: The 'Delete' option/button in the Disc Layout Editor has been renamed to 'Remove' so it matches the one in Standard input mode (and so people aren't put off by the term 'Delete' - thinking it'll actually delete the file on their hard drive).
- Changed/Fixed: Detect oversized UDF File Entry descriptors and don't attempt to parse them.
- Changed/Fixed: Restore 'Disc Layout Editor' window's focus when the application becomes active.
- Changed/Fixed: Workaround for the new 16x LG Blu-ray writers that report the wrong (a truncated) current write speed value in the 'GET PERFORMANCE' response when burning at 16x.
- Changed/Fixed: Workaround for newer LG drives with the 'Silent Play' feature that seem to ignore attempts to set the read speed via the 'SET STREAMING' command. They get fixed on 1x and won't read any faster!
- Changed/Fixed: Attempt to block users from trying to write discs their 'combo' drive doesn't support (i.e. a DVD+RW/BD-ROM combo drive trying to burn BD-R).
- Changed/Fixed: Potential errors were being ignored/lost when setting a 'changeable' layer break position to its current/maximum value. The program now reports them.
- Changed/Fixed: Tweaked the 'browse for folder/file' dialog code to hopefully stop the OS from throwing up a 'There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive X:.' error when the MRU location is a drive that no longer has a disc in it.
- Changed/Fixed: Reworked some commands that could optionally not use 'Immediate I/O'. Old code could fall back to 'Non-Immediate I/O' and loose the initial error message from the 'Immediate I/O' version of the command.
- Changed/Fixed: Made an adjustment (potential bug fix) to my drag+drop component's code. It may cut down on crashes / weird things happening as a result of the user having performed a d+d operation.
- Changed/Fixed: 'Shutdown Computer' checkboxes should have read 'Shut Down Computer'.
- Changed/Fixed: Recently added 'MID' info to was missing from the disc info text in Read / Verify modes.
- Fixed: Cosmetic issue displaying numbers when the user's 'thousands separator' is set to nothing.
- Fixed: Displaying wrong firmware subversion on newer LG Blu-ray drives (BH14+).
- Fixed: Memory leak when burning Audio CDs that use DirectShow for decoding.
- Fixed: Memory leak when burning an Audio CDs where the files are already in the correct format for burning (no decode required).
- Fixed: Potential access violation when reading a field in a UDF 'File Set Descriptor'.
- Fixed: Old (orphaned) AWS related registry/ini file entries were being left behind - this was perfectly fine, it's just nice to keep the place tidy!
- Fixed: DLE Window's Disc Toolbar wasn't being resized for higher DPI systems - meaning the buttons weren't fully visible.
- Fixed: When outputting Mode2/Form1/2352 from Build mode, the program didn't take into account any additional data type conversion required for the drive - this could produce a corrupt disc.