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BurnAware Free 9.3

Posted on August 3, 2016. Filed under: CD, DVD, Everything, Files, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

Neowin recommends BurnAware Free which is a full-fledged disc burning tool – fast, lightweight, feature-packed and, most importantly, 100% free. Burn all types of CD, DVV, Blu-Ray discs containing data, photos, music, videos

Source: BurnAware Free 9.3

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Five Best DVD-Ripping Tools

Posted on April 2, 2011. Filed under: DVD, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , |

Lifehacker offers their list of the Five Best DVD-Ripping Tools.

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WinCDEmu CD emulator

Posted on April 2, 2011. Filed under: CD, DVD, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , |

WinCDEmu is a freeware CD and DVD emulator that lets you mount CD and DVD images as virtual drives (and therefore faster).

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How to use ImgBurn

Posted on April 2, 2011. Filed under: DVD, Freeware/Shareware, Video | Tags: , , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips Newsletter has a tutorial on How to burn DVD video files to disc using ImgBurn.

ImgBurn is freeware.

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Five Best DVD-Ripping Tools

Posted on January 24, 2011. Filed under: DVD, File conversion, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , |

Lifehacker presents the Five Best DVD-Ripping Tools.

Use them legally, please.  Some are free, some not.

  • DVD Shrink
  • DVD Fab
  • Handbrake
  • AnyDVD
  • DVD Decrypter
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Make Your DVD Go Loop-Loop-Loop

Posted on May 26, 2010. Filed under: DVD, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

Tech ARP has instructions to Make Your DVD Go Loop-Loop-Loop.

It’s a matter of editing a file on the DVD you burn.

Useful for presentations at conference booths, displays, digital signs, and annoying people.

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How to Put Your PC to Good Use While You’re Sleeping

Posted on March 15, 2010. Filed under: backups, BitTorrent, DVD, Help | Tags: , , , , , |

Ever wonder what your computer gets up to while you’re asleep?

Lifehacker has a post on how to How to Put Your PC to Good Use While You’re Sleeping.

Several maintenance tasks can be done, various downloads handled, and long slow processes run.

Take a look at the possibilities.

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ArtworkCreator: Make a CD or DVD Cover

Posted on March 8, 2010. Filed under: CD, DVD, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on ArtworkCreator which will allow you to Make a Personalized CD or DVD Cover.

ArtworkCreator allows you to “Upload your own graphics, arrange them and insert text. You can even insert the DVD and Compact Disc logos onto your project.”

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Free Video to MP3 Converter

Posted on March 1, 2010. Filed under: DVD, Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Free Video to MP3 Converter can extract audio from video to MP3.

Freeware.  Please respect copyright when using this type of program.

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Copy Cat – Copy scratched DVD’s n CD’s

Posted on March 1, 2010. Filed under: backups, CD, DVD, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Copy Cat can Copy scratched DVD’s n CD’s.

Copy Cat 2.0 actually skip the bytes which are not readable from file and copy all other bytes therefore it extracts max data which is normally not done by windows copy operation. Copy Cat can be helpful at times when you want to copy a CD or DVD which is scratched,when you want to copy data from harddisk area which is partially not readable , when you want to copy data from floppy which is currently not being copied by windows .So download and enjoy.

  • Copies your oldest collection of CDs and DVDs
  • It even tries to copy a highly damaged media byte by byte
  • It gives you the option to skip the bytes if bad area found
  • It is a very fast data recovery tool
  • It also tries to copy damaged files on your hard disk
  • Unlike Windows copy operation it does not stop the copy if bad area found

Freeware. Windows XP and Vista.

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dvdshrink.org: FREE Backup Solution for DVDs

Posted on March 1, 2010. Filed under: backups, DVD, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , |

dvdshrink.org is promoted as a FREE Backup Solution for your DVD movies.

“DVDShrink is software to backup DVD discs. You can use this software in conjunction with DVD burning software of your choice, to make a backup copy of any DVD video disc.

DVDShrink will also burn your backup DVD, if you have installed the latest version of Nero. If you already possess alternative burning software and prefer to stick with it, then you can still use DVD Shrink. The output from DVDShrink can be saved as files on your hard drive, which you can then burn with software of your choice.”

Please respect copyright when using such programs.

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CD repair tool – Recovery Toolbox for CD

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: CD, DVD, Files, Hardware, repair | Tags: , , , , , , , |

CD repair tool – Recovery Toolbox for CD is freeware that will try to recover as much as possible from damaged CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-Ray disks.

Normally, a damaged disk just causes Windows to give up, but this program will try to reconstruct your data and write it where you choose.

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CoverCreator: CD & DVD Cover Maker

Posted on August 11, 2009. Filed under: CD, DVD, Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post about CoverCreator which is a CD & DVD Cover Maker.

CoverCreator is an online CD & DVD cover maker that lets you type and illustrate your own CD/DVD covers or booklets and then print them out. It allows you to customize almost any part of the cover, you can create multiple pages, select variety of layout templates, apply different background colors, add text and draw.”

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Solving a DVD-burning problem with Vista

Posted on August 10, 2009. Filed under: DVD, Windows Vista | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Solving a DVD-burning problem from  The Kim Komando Radio Show.

“Vista introduced the Live File System. This is a new format for writing CDs and DVDs. It isn’t compatible with all burners. And it can cause problems with standalone players.

In comparison, Windows XP uses the Mastered format. All machines should read these discs. They also have fewer problems with standalone players.

Should you downgrade to XP? Nope! You can use the Mastered format in Vista. You just need to specify it. Live File System is the default format.”

Kim gives instructions on how to do this.

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ISO what?

Posted on July 17, 2009. Filed under: CD, DVD, Files, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

ISO files are single files that contain the archived contents of a CD or DVD.  They’re often used to install operating systems or other big programs.  If you download an ISO file, you may need to burn it to a CD or DVD.

Some freeware programs being recommended by PC World are:

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Gizmo’s Best Free CD / DVD Emulation Software

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: CD, DVD, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities |

Gizmo’s Best Free CD / DVD Emulation Software is a post from the very thorough Gizmo Richard’s site on a number of ways to put the contents of CDs/DVDs on your computer and skip having to carry them with you.

Try at your own risk, and check the comments from users about any problems they might have had with specific operating systems.

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Disketch CD Label for discs and cases for CDs and DVDs

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: CD, DVD, Freeware/Shareware, printing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disketch CD Label Software “is a free CD and DVD disc labeling software for Windows. It allows you to create CD and DVD disc labels as well as cover images for CD and DVD jewel cases. You can import your own art work, or set a simple background colors and organize artist information along with track lists.”

For Windows 98/2000/XP/2003/Vista.  Use at your own risk.

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Virtual CD/DVD drives

Posted on April 19, 2008. Filed under: CD, DVD, File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Does anybody really like fumbling with CD cases and DVD cases? Especially when traveling? But if you want to while away the evening with a game or a movie (or even a long, boring meeting — turn the sound off first!)…

Basically, you need to be able to load the contents of your CD/DVD onto the hard drive — which will also be likely to speed up response time — so you can run the files as if they were on the CD/DVD drive. You need a virtual CD/DVD drive. Of course, since you already paid for the CD/DVD, it would be nice if the virtual (or clone) drive software were free. Here are some examples.

MagicDisc is freeware. “MagicDisc Virtual CD/DVD-ROM is a utility designed for creating and managing virtual CD drives and CD/DVD discs. MagicDisc Virtual CD/DVD-ROM emulates audio, data, and game CDs and DVDs with ISO image, CD and DVD images. MagicDisc Virtual CD/DVD-ROM offers 200x speed and noiseless CD/DVD access without a physical drive. It supports creating up to 15 virtual drivers. You can run games, software, see movies (VCD, SVCD, DVD), and hear music directly from your hard disk without inserting and swapping CDs and DVDs. MagicDisc allows you to use almost all CD/DVD image without burning them onto CD or DVD in order to easily access your favorite games, music, or software programs. It works like a real CD/DVD-ROM: You can run programs, play games, or listen to music from your virtual CD-ROM. It can compress ISO CUE MDS NRG CCD image; can encrypt ISO CUE MDS NRG CCD image; can make ISO image from CD/DVD; It can mount UDF only CD/DVD image and multi-session MDS/MDF and CCD/IMG image. Version 2.6.93 can set DVD Region Code.” Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista.
DAEMON Tools Lite is freeware.
” DAEMON Tools is an advanced application for Microsoft Windows which provides THE best optical media emulation in the industry. !! THIS VERSION SUPPORTS 32 AND 64 BIT OS (Microsoft Windows XP, Windows2003, Windows 2000, VISTA) !!”
Microsoft Virtual CD Control Panel (warning: direct download link) Microsoft Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel is a free CD-ROM emulator that allows you to mount ISO images of CDROMs in a virtual drive. It is a rudimentary program that does not support copy-protected discs such as the game disks supported by commercial CD/DVD emulators. Note that the Virtual CD Control Panel link is a direct download link. It came from a Microsoft KnowledgeBase entry on an unrelated subject, which contains some instructions on how you can install the driver, add a virtual CD drive and mount your images. (If you are visiting that link for instructions about the Virtual CDROM Control Panel, simply ignore references to “Windows PE”.) You will also need to use a third party program to make your ISO images (if you don’t already have it). This is a Windows program. [this entry from http://www.thefreecountry.com]
Alcohol 52% Free Edition is freeware. “There are no limitations on this version, other than the ability to create only 6 virtual drives. Our retail version still supports 31 virtual drives. Remember you can not run Alcohol 52% if you have Alcohol 120% installed on the same drive. [Alcohol 120% is the pay version with more capabilities.] This version of Alcohol 52% is for private, non-commercial, single home computer use only.The license is provided personally to you and for that reason it does not allow you to make any duplicate (copy) to be sold, borrowed, assigned, leased or transferred. Emulation software allowing users to play CDs DVDs without the need for the physical disc. Notebook users and PC Game players would benifit the most from Alcohol 52% Supports 25 plus languages Can handle up to 6 virtual CD DVD-ROM drives, all at once. The reading speed of a virtual CD-ROM is 200X. This means you can play a CD from the virtual CD-ROM with 200X reading speed. Supports normal CD DVD and CD RAW sub-channel reading methods: RAW reading method enables to emulate all CDs. CD formats supported: CD-DA, CD+G, CD-ROM, CD-XA, Video CD, Photo CD, Mixed Mode, Multi-session CD DVD formats supported: DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio Support for all current (ATAPI SCSI) drives: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW Full support for IEEE-1394 (Firewire) and USB protocols. Winner of the 2006 Epsilon Award at the sixth annual European SharewareConference. Windows NT 3.x, Windows NT 4.x, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista.

SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive is freeware.

Features

  • Supports all common image formats such as ISO, BIN, CCD
  • Supports up to 8 virtual drives at the same time
  • Easy to use – just double-click an image file to mount as a drive
  • Virtual CloneDrive is freeware, you may use it at no cost.
  • Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP
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Best freeware alternatives to Nero for burning

Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: CD, DVD, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

If you have a popular program such as Nero for burning CDs/DVDs, great.  But if you don’t, and you’d rather not spend the money…

MakeUseOf compiled a list of the best free alternatives to Nero.

These included:

  • CDBurner XP
  • InfraRecorder
  • DeepBurner
  • many more
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BurnAware also does Blu-Ray

Posted on January 29, 2008. Filed under: CD, DVD, Files, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

BurnAware Free Edition is a freeware program, comparable to Nero, that burns CDs and DVDs including Blu-Ray (BD-R/BD-RE), disk images, allows for multiple burn sessions so you can add successive backups to a disk or new software to a backup of your collection and it supports all current hardware.

The reviewer on Clif Notes Newsletter has set aside Nero in favor of this software.

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