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Ten years ago, you’d rarely find a computer without an optical drive in it. Nowadays, that’s changed. Because we have cloud storage for file sharing, music streaming services for our tunes, and video streaming like Netflix, CDs and DVDs are less important Saying Goodbye: 5 Alternatives To The Optical Disc Saying Goodbye: 5 Alternatives To The Optical Disc With computers growing smaller and lifestyles going mobile, less devices offer sufficient space for internal optical drives. Presently, the market is kept afloat by Blu-ray consumer home video sales, but in terms of data storage,... Read More .

However, that doesn’t mean you’ll never need optical media. Whether you burn home videos for friends, make your own CDs for the car, or just use discs for safekeeping, a good CD/DVD burner software is a must. Nero is a household name for this, but it’s bloated and a pain to use. Of the great alternatives to Nero The Best, Free Alternatives to Nero CD/DVD Burner The Best, Free Alternatives to Nero CD/DVD Burner Don't waste money on a CD/DVD burning tool! A freeware application might be all you need. Here we have compiled five alternatives to Nero Burning ROM for your Windows PC. Read More  we’ve shared, BurnAware might be one of the best.

BurnAware, which was just updated to version 10, is available in a free version for home use. The free version lets you burn bootable discs as well audio and video discs. It also supports Blu-ray and lets you burn across multiple discs. These features are all made better by the improved user interface new to version 10.

The Best Way to Burn CDs and DVDs on Windows 10 Is With BurnAware BurnAware 10

The free version is probably enough for most people, but you can get more with a Premium or Pro upgrade. Premium lets you copy from disc to disc, extract audio, and recover files from bad discs. The Pro edition does all this plus lets you burn an ISO 10 Tools to Make a Bootable USB from an ISO File 10 Tools to Make a Bootable USB from an ISO File A bootable USB is the best way to install an operating system. Besides the ISO and a USB drive, you need a tool to set it all up. That's where we come in. Read More to many drives at once, which home users shouldn’t need. BurnAware Free is fully functional and isn’t trialware.

BurnAware supports Windows 10 all the way back through XP, and is a great tool to keep in your kit for working with dics. It’s far better than Nero!

What’s your favorite disc burning utility? Share your picks with us in the comments and let us know if you’ve used BurnAware!

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  1. mma173
    February 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Guys, try AnyBurn.

    • carmicheals
      March 1, 2017 at 4:53 am

      Yes! Available in 32-bit, 64-bit and portable flavors!

  2. Neal Fildes
    February 24, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I for one like imgburn

    • Mike
      February 25, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      When I downloaded and scanned with Bitdefender, Bitdefender states all kinds of infected web resources blocked.....

      suspect....

  3. Deanoman
    February 24, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    While BurnAware Free is good for basic users, it is not great for everyone else.

    I'd suggest cdBurnerXP over BurnAware any day of the week.

    (Just make sure you get the installer/portable version Without installCore)

    cdBurnerXP allows advanced users the ability to use the command line directly, saving time for each burn :D

  4. Taiga
    February 24, 2017 at 11:58 am

    So you're honestly recommending this poor software when there are many free open-source alternatives that do so much more than the premium version of this? You've done a poor job this time and one can only wonder what your motivation was.

    • MakeUseOf reader
      February 24, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Before you criticize the article, could you name just one of your precious open source alternatives "that do so much more than the premium version of this?"

  5. Monsoon
    February 24, 2017 at 11:29 am

    imgburn FTW!

    http://imgburn.com/