Download ImgBurn, a free, slim burning tool that specialises in disc image files.
Just as you have a toolbox at home for those little DIY problems, it’s a good idea to maintain a PC equivalent with ImgBurn in it.
For example, you might use CCleaner to get rid of junk files on your PC, Recuva to retrieve data that you’ve accidentally deleted, or Adwcleaner to vaporise unwanted toolbars that cling to your computer like barnacles on a boat.
But whatever sofware you already have in your PC toolkit, consider adding ImgBurn to it. Why? Because the burning options built into Windows can be slow and frustrating, and they don't always produce a disc that can be read by other devices. You're always far better off using a dedicated disc-burning program.
And why buy one? This ImgBurn download can read discs and image files, build image files from files on your computer, write those image files to disc and verify that what you’ve burned is byte-perfect.
ImgBurn is hugely flexible too, supporting all kinds of image files (BIN, CDI, CDR, CUE, DVD, GCM, GI, IBQ, IMG, ISO, LST, MDS, NRG, PDI, UDI) and able to burn any one of these onto CD, DVD and Blu-ray with just three clicks.
Discs can also be read and saved onto the hard drive as a 1:1 image and selected files from the network or from the PC can be compiled into an image file or be burned directly onto a disc. ImgBurn's 'check disc' feature, meanwhile, enables you to check discs and image files in advance to see if they can be read completely.
Apart from the obligatory bug fixes, ImgBurn's version 2.5.x also offers numerous new features such as the splitting of files so that they can be burned onto multiple discs. If you need to know the nitty-gritty details, all of the changes are listed on the changelog on the developer's website.
Verdict: This ImgBurn download is about 6MB in size, which is teeny-tiny compared to some PC software. Nevertheless, it doesn’t skimp on features or performance, works beautifully with large image files, and remains one of the best free disc burning tools around.