Free ISO Burning Software - ImgBurn

Burning an ISO disk image (whether it's a CD or DVD) in GNU/Linux is pretty easy + you don't even have to install a dedicated utility since it can be done using the command-line. But to do the same in MS Windows, well, you gotta have to install one separately.

I'm pretty sure there are dozens of them out there. But if you're searching for one of the best & free, disk image burning software (not just ISO container) that also supports Blu-ray disk images!, then ImgBurn is a pretty impressive one. It supports burning almost all the popular disk image formats, comes with a highly simplified user interface and has few other advanced features that are quite useful as well.

Main features...

*. Images formats supported - BIN, CCD, CDI, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI.

*. Both writing the images to disk formats (CD/DVD and Blu-Ray) and creating images from disks are also supported.

*. Create a disk image from folders with advanced options such as: creating boot-able flags, various file system related settings, create video disk image of DVD, HD-DVD and BD video, add author labels, etc.

*. DMA Reseting: Although not everyone will be using this but for the advanced users, this is a handy feature. If you get errors (CRC related) while copying for instance, then you can try re-setting the DMA (direct memory access) settings on the optical drive which "could" solve some of those issues.

*. Run in read or write test mode (emulation).

*. Automatic file splitting.

*. Enable/Disable disk data verifying after burning.

*. View data as a graph.

*. Run in a separate mode called disk layout editor (very similar to Nero Burning Rom) which makes adding/editing the image contents pretty darn easy.

*. Change between few disk accessing drivers (another thing only a bit more advanced users should use).

*. Automatic association of disk image extensions.

These are just a fraction of features to mention. And if you want more additional control, then you'll get a HUGE list of options under the "Settings" window which shows the true power of ImgBurn. I've been using it for a longtime now and it's pretty amazing the amount of new options are added to the "Settings" section over time.

The "Settings" window just scares the hell out of me sometimes :P...
It also displays a "log" output (which you can disable) that displays some useful information such as errors while copying or create disk images, etc that can be used to debug error. So, if you're searching for one of the best (not just ISO) disk image burning software utilities for MS Windows then ImgBurn is a serious app without a doubt!.

Although it's only for Windows OS but according to the developer, it should work under GNU/Linux thanks to Wine software emulator as well. You can get it from this ImgBurn home page. Enjoy!.

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