Totally free burner: simple yet powerful CD/DVD burning

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Totally Free Burner is a CD/DVD burner with a nice, minimalistic interface and an excellent range of features.

A nice surprise, this one. Totally Free Burner offers a set of features that will cover most people’s CD/DVD burning needs.

It also offers a sleek design and nice look-and-feel as an added bonus. Here are more notes on this program:

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  • Automatic data verification: for all burning operations.
  • Bootable: can create bootable CDs and DVDs (see image to the right).
  • Technical specs: an impressive array of configurations supported; “all current hardware interfaces (IDE/SCSI/USB/1394/SATA)”. Multi-Session or Disc-at-Once mode for all formats; any combination of UDF/ISO9660/Joliet bridged file systems, and UNICODE support.
  • Burns Audio CDs: supports mp3, wav, ogg and wma files. Does not rip audio cds (use the free BonkEnc or Exact Audio Copy for this).
  • Burns disk images: supports ISO and BIN/CUE. Burns images on the fly without first staging locally on your hard drive.
  • Burns video CDs: from Mpeg1 VCD files.
  • Burns DVDs: for both data and video DVDs. For the latter it can burn from local DVD files or ISO. Supports using UDF format, for compatibility with hardware DVD players.
  • Drag and drop: [updated Aug 14, 2008] as of the just released ver. 4.0, supports drag and drop files and folders (a good thing, since adding files and folders individually through the two seperate dialog buttons is not very practical.

Wish list (or how this program can be even better):

    • On the fly disc copying: would be great; also ISO image creation from files/folders.
    • Support for “new” media: namely double density DVDs and Blue-Ray. Not sure if these are supported; could not find any documentation.Totally Free Burner Screenshot2
  • Support for overburning: as above, not sure whether or not this might already be supported

The verdict: a very nice, clean and simple burning program that offers a good range of functions (and looks great).

Although this program has a lot to offer as is, I couldn’t help but feel that with a couple more options it could have been significantly better (keeping my fingers crossed for files and folders drag and drop). This is a good idea and will give this program a boost given the many excellent freeware CD/DVD burners out there.

Having said that, this program will cover the CD/DVD burning needs of the vast majority of users and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Version Tested: 4.0

Compatibility: WinAll.

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 1.11 megs).