If you ask anyone which program he/she uses for burning their CDs and DVDs, majority of the people would say Nero. Nero is no doubt great and most complete DVDR/CDR all-in-one software, but there are many other free softwares available which can get the job done. Here are a few of them:
I have been using this software for a long time, all I can say it’s a great software. Apart from CDs and DVDs, you can also burn Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs with it. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a Multilanguage interface.
Operating Systems supported- Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista.
ImgBurn is small application with several advanced features capable of burning CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray discs. It supports a wide range of image file formats – including BIN, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI. It supports Unicode folder/file names, so you shouldn’t run in to any problems if you’re using an international character set. It is a great app if you deal with image files often.
Operating Systems supported- Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista.
Free Easy CD DVD Burner:
Free Easy CD DVD Burner is a free and easy CD & DVD burning solution with a great look as well. You can burn data and audio files (WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, FLAC, AAC, M4A) to your CDs & DVDs easily. You can also burn and save ISO files, copy your CDs DVDs. Save your favorite audio CDs to mp3 with the internal grabber (CDDB request to get information about the album).
Operating Systems supported- Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista.
Express Burn is a free CD burning program that lets you create and record audio and data CDs under Windows and Mac OS X. This software has a great user friendly interface. To use it all you need to do is drag and drop files. One thing surprises me; well I don’t know how far it’s true; the makers of this software claim that Express Burn is the fastest CD/DVD writing program in the world using proprietary optimizing systems.
Operating Systems supported- Windows 95/NT4/98/2000/Me/XP/2003/Vista, Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
DeepBurner Free Portable:
DeepBurner Free Portable as the name suggests is a portable CD/DVD burning application. It works straight from your removable media, whether it’s a USB flash drive, compact flash card, or even a good old floppy. You can burn any data, copy any disc, make backups, and make ISO CDs with this app with ease.
Ultimate CD/DVD Burner:
Ultimate CD/DVD Burner is a free, easy to use CD and DVD burning solution.With this software you can burn CD-R, CD-RW DVD+R/RW DVD-R/RW discs. It supports a very wide range of internal and external (USB 2.0 and FireWire) CD and DVD writers. You can burn data, copy any disc, make backups, create astonishing photo CD albums, and make ISO CDs with this software easily.
InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.
AmoK CD/DVD Burning:
AmoK CD/DVD Burning is for all those people who think burning programs such as Nero or WinOnCD are too overloaded with functionality that no one needs. AmoK CD/DVD Burning does not have a media center, wave editor, cover designer and cannot create videos. AmoK CD/DVD Burning burns CDs and DVDs and offers all options you need – nor more and not less.
Operating Systems supported- Win9x/NT/W2K/XP/Vista
StarBurn is a powerful tool for grabbing, burning and mastering CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD media. StarBurn supports all types of optical storage media (including CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, BD-R/RE, HD-DVD-R/RW and DVD-RAM) as well as a wide variety of burning hardware.
With StarBurn you can perform grabbing, copying and burning operations as well as advanced DVD authoring and mastering. These advanced features enable you to create DVD-Video content from custom video files, or compilations from other DVDs. Additionally with the DVD Splitting Wizard you can split DVD-Video discs into smaller parts and burn them to DVD writable discs or share them with the StarPort DVD-ROM emulator and watch DVD video directly on your PC.
BurnAware allows you to easily perform the most common disc burning operations: write to all CD/DVD media types, including Blu-Ray (BD-R/BD-RE); create and burn disc images; write multi-session discs; verify the integrity of files; burn your compilations directly on optical media, without having to wait for hard drive staging first and much more.
Operating systems supported- NT, 2000, XP and Vista