Using Imgburn to Burn CDs
Burning DVDs or CDs is one of the easiest things you can do on a computer. Windows has a built in feature that lets one burn a data CD or an audio CD. Check this link to see how to use that feature
While the built in feature works most of the time, the chance to get coasters made out of useless disks is more when using the Windows feature than a program that is made for such process. So needless to say I’m not a big fan of the built in Windows feature.
A free program and one of the best for burning data CDs and creating images is called Imgburn http://www.imgburn.com/
For such a light and small program it can do things a lot more efficiently and with fewer errors. Actually I never had an issue with Imgburn and never used a CD as coaster after using Imgburn.
Go to the website mentioned above and download a copy and install it. Once you install it, run the program and you will be greeted to the window as seen in the picture. (Picture 1)
Notice how you have multiple options we will go through them one by one.
1- Write image file to disc. This option allows you to create a CD/DVD from an image that you already have. See second option below for explanation
2- Create image file from disc. This option here allows you to insert a disc in your optical drive and then create an image of that disk. So basically you will have a file that represents an image of the disk. That way you can save it on your hard drive for later use or transfer it to another computer for example and use Imgburn to burn it again into a disk. Lots of files that you would download from the Internet are image based and you can use Imgburn to create a disc from that image.
3- Verify disc, is self explanatory. It allows you to verify a disk you already created to make sure that there are no errors.
4- Write files/folders to disk allows you to create a data disc by copying files or folders to said disc
5- Create image file from files/folders allows you to create an image file for easy transporting. That way you can have multiple files combined as a single file.
6- Discovery, I never used that option but it basically discovers your discs to see what is on them.
The menu bar above has several options, I like the Mode menu since it allows you to quickly choose one of the options explained above.
Using Imgburn to create an image file from a disc:
I’ll start with the second option, creating an image so we can have an image file to try the first option. That way you can be familiar with both processes.
Insert the disc that you want to make an image from and then select Create image file from disk from the options of Imgburn. (Picture 2)
Once Imgburn reads your disk, click on the button below on the left hand side. (Picture 3)
You can also browse to a different folder to place the image in there if you don’t like the default save location.
While its copying you can see that you have several options to have Imgburn perform after it is done creating an image from your disc. You can have it eject the tray once it is done, verify (if you are creating a disk) and shutdown the computer once the process is over. If you are like me and like to turn off your computer when you go to sleep, this is a great option.
Once the process is over you will have an image of your disk. (Picture 4)
We will see next how to create a CD from an image:
Start Imgburn and then click on Write image file to disc, once there, select click on browse for a file just like in the picture. (Picture 5)
Once you select the image file you have the option to select the write speed as well as how many copies you want. Once done, click on write so you can burn your CD. (Pictures 6, 7)
While it is doing the burning, you have options to verify the disc, turn off the computer once done, and delete the image that you used to burn the disc or close the program.
If you have selected to burn more than one copy, then once it is done, the optical drive tray will get ejected automatically and you will be prompted to insert a blank disc so you can continue burning other copies. (Picture 8)
Next we move on to creating a CD or DVD that contains files and folders:
Click on Write files/folders to disk so you can build a CD or DVD that has backups of your files, pictures, mp3s and folders. (Picture 9)
Selecting to add files or folders gives you different dialog prompts, see pictures below. (Pictures 10, 11) Once you select your files and folders then click on write disc to create your disc.
I hope you enjoyed my walkthrough in using Imgburn and hope that it was easy to follow and not complicated.
Check this link http://hubpages.com/hub/Using-Windows-to-Burn-Discs to see how you can see the built in Windows feature to burn files and folders. The Windows feature does not allow you to create an image or a disc from an image, that is when Imgburn comes to shine, but if you just want to create data and audio CDs without spending money, then the Windows feature if more than enough.