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ImgBurn

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If your PC has an optical disc burner like a DVD or Blu-Ray burner, you can create DVDs that you can play in your home entertainment system, boot discs that can help you start your PC when something goes wrong, and data discs that can safely store backups, archives, disk images and copies, and other data. However, to make all that easy, you need help in the form of a good disc-burning utility. ImgBurn from Lightning UK fits the bill. This lightweight freeware burns CDs, DVDs, HD-DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs, depending of course on your system's capabilities: You'll need a Blu-Ray burner to burn Blu-Ray discs with ImgBurn, for example, just like with every other disc-burning tool. What ImgBurn does is simplify what can be a complicated, error-prone process.

ImgBurn's two-part interface displays controls and the program's log file in separate windows. The Log window is designed to stay open all the time when the program is working, and it displays important information about your tasks. Separating it from the main window makes it easier to place on the desktop. The main window hints at how easy ImgBurn is to use by listing its features with descriptive icons: Write image file to disc; Write files/folders to disc; Create image file from disc; Create image file from files/folders; Verify disc; and Discovery, which requires additional software and can verify the quality of your discs as you burn them. Since we had a DVD disc image left over from a holiday project, we started with that. Each feature opens a businesslike settings dialog. We inserted a blank DVD-R, and the program verified its size, capacity, and other parameters. ImgBurn offers Test Mode and Verify options as well as settings for Write Speed (including an automatic option) and number of copies. Advanced options include drive-specific settings with the ability to select your drive's OEM options. ImgBurn also offers an erase tool, drive controls, and tools for creating CUE, DVD, and MDS files.

Many other disc burners have left us cold, but ImgBurn lived up to its promise of easy burning without sacrificing flexibility.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 283 votes

    • 5 star: 129
    • 4 star: 77
    • 3 star: 19
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 45
  • Current version:

    3.4 stars

    out of 30 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 3.0 stars

    "It totally works, but it's clunky."

    June 8, 2013  |   By brach311

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.7

    Pros

    Once you get the hang of it, you get used to the UI.

    Cons

    There is little that's really intuitive about the UI. I had to push a few buttons to figure out to use it. Also, once I was finished copying a disk, I had to close it to start a new disk copy. May be that I wasn't doing something the way they thought I should, but that's the UI.

    Summary

    Go ahead and get it, just be prepared for more of a learning curve than one would expect from a simple program. I do like it. I'd just like it to be more self-evident in its features.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not worth it !!"

    May 27, 2013  |   By Doodle_Bug

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.7

    Pros

    Easy download

    Cons

    Full of malware, games, unwanted crap, etc, etc,... not worth the download.
    Not user friendly.

    Summary

    It's deleted and certainly not recommend it to anyone.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great product!"

    May 21, 2013  |   By gardiam1

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.7

    Pros

    Easy to use
    Very good technical outcome
    Runs happily on my 64-bit VISTA Ultimate
    A very positive experience compared to many other products

    Cons

    None encountered yet

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Don't like it's ripping method"

    May 15, 2013  |   By smelton

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.7

    Pros

    Works well, is fast, and does what it says it does.

    Cons

    Rips CD (and DVDs, I assume) to proprietary image files, not copies of the files on the disk. The image files are useless, except for burning, so they need to be deleted when you are done burning from them. If that is all you want to do with image files, that is fine. But I'd like to be able to play the CDs I rip, not just clog up my hard drive with useless image files.

    Summary

    Not what I was looking for, which was a simple program to rip CDs in their original format.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works great, the bundled crapware is ridiculous"

    May 7, 2013  |   By se7endog

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.7

    Pros

    Quick and easy to use, great for burning bootable .iso's.

    Cons

    I was pretty certain I had unchecked the loads and loads of crapware that was bundled in the installer but I still ended up with Firefox completely hijacked, popups and redirects galore. Two days later still trying to get rid of remnants. The changes it made to Firefox was just unbelievable! This is a work pc, the time wasted trying fix everything that it broke was not worth it!!!

    Summary

    I have been using Cnet downloads for years and always found the site to be a great and trustworthy place to go for good software, not anymore!!! With that one download you guys have flushed every bit of goodwill that you've earned in the past right down the toilet!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "don't get near this sw with a 100 foot pole"

    April 25, 2013  |   By jlu2134235

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.7

    Pros

    SW works ok.

    Cons

    Got huge numbers of garbage downloads, toolbars, and god knows what else.

    Summary

    Will file complaints with BBB.org for CNET and download.com. Not sure how many viruses, unwanted toolbars, spyware, adware and whatever else was downloaded from CNET.

    STAY AWAY FROM THIS WEBSITE

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Abandoned the installation as it tries to install junk!"

    March 28, 2013  |   By tafer2uk

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.7

    Pros

    Don't know as I gave up installation as it installed add ons and bloatware despite unchecking.

    Cons

    Full of junk bloatware!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "The burner is great, but it comes bundled with Malware"

    March 19, 2013  |  

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.7

    Pros

    I used the burned last night and found it to be really easy to use. The steps are pretty straightforward, and it operated really fast and burned a great quality DVD. So for that, I am happy.

    Cons

    Although I clearly specified no add-ons, I noticed immediately after downloading it that my entire computer had been hijacked by a program called mixi.dj. Not only had it installed itself, but it had taken over my browsers.

    I had a really hard time removing it completely. I had to manually remove it from the programs, and then I had to go through several stages to remove it from the browsers (it had buried itself in several different places and, thus, kept popping up every time I opened my browser). After that, I had to go into the computer's registry to remove it manually.

    Altogether, I probably spent about 1 1/2 hours trying to remove it, and am still not sure that it's entirely gone. (I'm doing a Malware search as we speak.) So if you want this "free" DVD burner, be aware that you actually get it at a high price to your computer's security.

    Summary

    As much as I like CNET, I'm disappointed that this site would help orchestrate the download of a program that comes bundled with malware. The editors should have made a note about that or issued some kind of warning, because it's really not fair to the users to have to worry about their own computer security from a site they should be able to trust.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works Good For Burning CD's"

    March 11, 2013  |   By DJGray88

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.7

    Pros

    I use it for burning CD's to listen to in my car and for that it works great.

    Cons

    None that I've come across.

    Summary

    Can only recommend it for what I use it for and that is burning audio CD's

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked like a charm"

    March 6, 2013  |   By aglaonike

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.7

    Pros

    Does what it says it does and is easy to use.

    Cons

    Nothing, it did exactly what I need it to do.

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