CDBurnerXP Review

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Overview
Good

Provides a completely free disc burning solution that can burn various discs-based media, such as CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and HD-DVD. Can be used to create ISO images and bootable discs that are helpful to be used in OS installation.

Bad

Not available for the Mac OSX operating system, as well as operating systems other than Windows. Some drives (CD, DVD, BD, or HD-DVD), whether internal or external, may not be compatible with the software.

Overall

Offers a one-stop solution for disc-based media burning that allows you to burn your files into all types of discs. Has various features related to disc-based burning operations, such as ISO creation, bootable disc creation, data CD/DVD creation, and audio CD creation.

Detailed Review

CDBurnerXP is a disc burning software created and developed by Canneverbe Limited, a software company founded in 2008 and based in Birmingham, Great Britain. The focus of the company is to distribute the CDBurnerXP software, along with other free applications, to the users. The software helps people to perform various discs burning tasks for free, which normally only available on the commercial disc burning software.

Data CD/DVD Creation

With CDBurnerXP, it is very easy for you to back up your important data. This software allows you to burn your data to any disc-based media, including CD, DVD, BD, and HD-DVD. Not only that, you can also use M-Discs to burn permanent backup for your data, which can be preserved for up to 1000 years. With this feature, you can create bootable data discs that help you with OS installation, as well as when you are trying to use the demo version of a new operating system. The software helps to preserve data integrity by performing a data verification check once the burning process is complete.

Blu-ray and HD-DVD Compatibility

This software allows you to burn your files to modern disc formats as well, such as Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs. Considering that this software is free, being compatible with the modern disc formats is one of the best features that this software can offer. Most free disc burning software can only offer CD and DVD burning features, without the compatibility with the BD and HD-DVD formats. Thus, this is a premium feature that allows you to burn more files with the higher capacity of BD and HD-DVD discs. With this feature, you can fit more data on one disc, which helps to save a lot of backup discs in the process.

Audio CD Creation

Creating audio CDs is something that can also be done easily with CDBurnerXP. With this feature, you can create your own CD compilation in various audio formats, such as MP3, OGG, FLAC, WAV, and other formats. It also has an integrated audio player that allows you to play any audio CD automatically. Moreover, you can easily add one or more audio tracks to your existing audio CD to create a new audio CD compilation, all without having to rip the audio from the audio CD first. This software also supports the creation of mixed mode discs.

ISO Image Creation

This software not only capable of burning any type of discs that you have. It is also capable of burning your disc and turning it into the ISO image file. This ISO image file can then be saved on your hard drive, and you can either extract the ISO file using a good file extractor software, or you can burn this ISO image to a blank disc using this software. Other than that, you can also convert the NRG and BIN files into ISO image file for easy burning later. Aside from creating ISO image from disc-based media, you can also create ISO image from the existing files on your hard drive.

Additional Features

Though CDBurnerXP is available for free, it has the functionalities that are often only available on premium disc burning software. This software offers various additional features on top of the regular disc burning features, such as cover printing for data and audio discs, command line version, LightScribe integration, support for most drive types, restrict access to multiple users, easy user interface with multiple language options, and automatic online update to keep the software always up to date with the latest features. More features are still being added as this software is still being developed and updated regularly.

Conclusion

For a free, yet feature-rich solution for all of your disc burning needs, CDBurnerXP can do the job very well. Using this software is very easy, and you can easily burn your data to any disc in just a few clicks. The additional features offered by this software can help you polish your backup discs further, such as by adding the simple cover for the backup discs, as well as using the LightScribe feature. You can also use the M-Discs that can help you to preserve your data for 1000 years. All in all, this is the best free disc burning software that you can use to fulfill your regular disc burning needs, such as to create backup for your data, or create your own audio CD compilation. 

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