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BurnAware Free

CNET Editors' review

BurnAware Free completely handles any burned disc, whether you need music, a movie, or something much more complicated. It does it with a straightforward interface and even lets you start from scratch with its deletion feature. This program is far superior to any burner that only handles just one or two types of discs.

BurnAware Free burns discs of plenty of different varieties, including DVDs, CDs, Blu-rays, and even boot discs. No matter which style of disc you're trying to make, you can find it with ease, thanks to the program's clean graphic interface. While it doesn't look all that creative, the interface makes the program remarkably easy to use for someone new to the process. BurnAware Free even lets you erase a used disc so you can turn it into something new. The program isn't remarkably fast or slow; it took us about six minutes to burn a CD and about 45 minutes to create a DVD disc. That could change if you have a faster drive or computer, obviously. The program's install process tucks an AVG toolbar into the download and tries to make itself the default action for your computer's autorun prompt, so make sure you uncheck those if you don't want them.

This program is worth the download just because it erases burned discs. The fact that it can burn just about any type of disc you would need is a major bonus. BurnAware Free is very close to a must-have utility for anyone who burns discs regularly.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Unreliable for audio CDs"

    April 4, 2014  |   By FunkyBrewster

    Version: BurnAware Free 6.9.3

    Pros

    Free, good feature set (if it worked)

    Cons

    When copying an audio CD by making an image and then burning it, sometimes the resulting CD-R has tracks randomly out of order, repeated, and track breaks in the wrong places. The same track may be burned again and again.

    Summary

    Doesn't work reliable for audio CDs. Also, when making an image, the only available file type is .iso but then it changes to .bin when you start ripping. This makes no sense. Switching to an alternate software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Dangerous and destructive"

    February 22, 2014  |   By jj_anyway

    Version: BurnAware Free 6.9.2

    Pros

    Nice interface

    Cons

    Ruins DVD's and hangs my system. Nothing works.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Used to be great, installs junkware with no opt-out."

    January 28, 2014  |   By schmartz

    Version: BurnAware Free 6.9.1

    Pros

    I uninstalled it without using it so I don't know. Past versions were great for basic disk burning.

    Cons

    V6.9.1 installs AVG Secure Search - no opt out. It immediately popped up in all three web browsers and hijacked my search. Can't uninstall the add-on in FF or IE. Went into control panel programs to remove it - no dice. Clicking uninstall does nothing. Tried deleting the files and something has them open but they don't show in processes. Thanks

    Summary

    Crapware that screws up your computer. I expect to see an opt out of all extraneous software during uninstall. I was really ticked when it installed and never had an option. Bad enough I just uninstalled it and deleted the download.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best burning software available"

    January 2, 2014  |   By ngdrb5

    Version: BurnAware Free 6.8

    Pros

    Extremely easy to use. Works perfect.

    Cons

    Couldn't find any.

    Summary

    Downloaded this software today and within the first 20 minutes I created several cd's. Fantastic!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really good"

    December 27, 2013  |   By Windows78

    Version: BurnAware Free 6.8

    Pros

    -Easy to use
    -Good for free program
    -Nice UI

    Cons

    -Not good as Ashampoo

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good free program"

    December 13, 2013  |   By ptknapp2

    Version: BurnAware Free 6.8

    Pros

    Does everything most people need to do with burning CD's or DVD's.

    Cons

    none I can think of.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it does work"

    November 29, 2013  |   By James / Hans Kunz

    Version: BurnAware Free 6.7

    Pros

    easy to use window where you select what sort of disk you want to make, then it is drag & drop, yes it is freeware

    Cons

    during install there are windows appearing asking you to install tool bars & others , !!!!you must untick them or you end up with a cluttered web browser & viruses......!!!!!!

    Summary

    it works but watch when you install it

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent Freeware"

    October 19, 2013  |   By cpogold

    Version: BurnAware Free 6.6

    Pros

    Experienced no problems archiving data and music files.

    Cons

    None found so far.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "V 6.6 is as bad as depicted in my review Aug 02, 2013"

    October 17, 2013  |   By Guy_T

    Version: BurnAware Free 6.6

    Pros

    Works in single cession only. This software finalizes the mp3 CD and there is no way to escape from that trap.

    Cons

    >Option >Burn allows to deselect Finalize.
    Now try to deselect Finalize in >Option >Default >Burn. Click OK. Then redo. Finalize is back in Default.
    Attempt to get an answer from their tech dptmt is hopeless. You spend time filling the form and then see a number at the bottom. They name it "Verification code" Naively you assume it is a ticket number and you submit. And then you read that the "Verification Code is wrong".
    Where is the correct one? Mystery.

    Summary

    I spent some CDs trying to get that poor thing working in multiple cession mode but I definitively give up.
    Should anyone knows the trick. please, tell me about via "Reply to this review".

    Updated on Oct 17, 2013

    I spent some CDs trying to get that poor thing working in multiple cession mode but I definitively give up.


    Read more: BurnAware Free - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com http://download.cnet.com/BurnAware-Free/3000-2646_4-10878661.html#ixzz2hyOKbfVw

    Updated on Oct 17, 2013

    I spent some CDs trying to get that poor thing working in multiple cession mode but I definitively give up.


    Read more: BurnAware Free - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com http://download.cnet.com/BurnAware-Free/3000-2646_4-10878661.html#ixzz2hyOKbfVw

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  • 2.0 stars

    "uninstalled it right away"

    October 7, 2013  |   By Margety

    Version: BurnAware Free 6.5

    Pros

    It looked good. It seemed like it would be easy to use.

    Cons

    When I burned my music to a CD, I could not play it in the car.

    Summary

    Not user friendly.

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