Recordable CDs and DVDs have made it possible for the home computer user to work with data in a range of new ways. As well as making it possible to create your own music and data discs, a disc burner is also a valuable tool when it comes to backing up data.

Disc burning has now become part and parcel of owning a computer; it is such a common activity that Windows has featured built in support for disc creation for quite some time. However, the support offered by Windows is a little limited, so most people tend to turn to third party programs instead. Such software tends to fall into one of two categories - either too expensive to justify buying, or two complicated to use.

BurnAware manages to perfect the balance between ease of use and range of features, and yet it is available completely free of charge. Rather than being fill with options and features which are rarely used, BurnAware focuses on the disc burning tasks which most users need most frequently. In just a few clicks of the mouse, it is possible to create a data, audio, MP3 or boot disc, create an ISO of an existing disc or burn a disc from an ISO file. The program supports not only recordable CDs and DVDs but also Blu-ray discs.

BurnAware Free is the basic version which is ideal for burning a quick disc and is good enough for home users.

BurnAware Premium also offers disc copying, so you can easily make a direct 1:1 copy of an existing disc. You also get the ability to extract audio files from a CD and also recover files from scratched discs.

What's new in 12.0 (see complete changelog for more)?

 New features:
     - Added Swedish translation.
     - Added option to generate MD5 checksum for ISO files.
     - Added track normalization option to Audio CD compilation.
     - Two view styles for main window - horizontal and vertical layout.
     - Updated translations, help file and installer.
     - Improved time zone handling in data compilations.
     - Improved burning engine and file processing speed.
     - Improved support of ISO files in iso unpacking tool.
     - Improvements to overal program performance.
     - Resolved issue with displaying file date and time in Windows Explorer.
     - Fixed bug with cutting file names in ISO compilation with automatic settings.
     - Fixed bug with copying CD-ROM to CD-R using "direct copy" option.

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Feature-packed and yet free, BurnAware Home provides all the tools you need to create a variety of different discs.