Guide to using imgBurn
Posted by Casey Eyring on 27 February 2012 10:07 AM
imgBurn is a free program used to copy CDs and DVDs. It can be downloaded from one of the links on http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download (I recommend the ImgBurn mirror, which at time time of this writing, is Mirror #7).
Insert the CD or DVD you wish to copy into your computer (Your "source media").
Launch the imgBurn program by clicking on the Start menu and typing in "imgBurn", or navigate to All Programs > imgBurn.
Select Mode > Read from the menu bar (pictured below).
Click on the file icon with the magnifying glass to select where to save the ISO file. An ISO file is a digital copy of your CD or DVD disc. Give this file a name that makes sense to you.
Click on the CD -> File icon to start creating your ISO.
Eject your source CD/DVD.
Insert a blank CD/DVD into your computer.
If imgBurn is not already running, launch the imgBurn program by clicking on the Start menu and typing in "imgBurn", or navigate to All Programs > imgBurn.
Select Mode > Write from the menu bar.
Click on the file icon with the magnifying glass to select the ISO file you created in step 2. An ISO file is a digital copy of your CD or DVD disc.
Click on the File -> CD icon to start writing ("burning") your disc. If the icon is grayed out, it means you do not have writable media in your CD/DVD tray - try another disc.
On certain computers, if you have the verify option selected (it is selected by default), your computer will eject the disc once it has completed the writing process. Close your CD/DVD tray and press "OK" on the alert window. imgBurn will then verify that all of the data was written to your disc correctly, and alert you if there were any problems.
4.1 "Sorry, using Read mode to create an image file from a multi-track DVD-R disc is not currently supported. Instead, use Build mode to create a new 'clean' image based on the contents of the disc"
If you receive this error message, follow these steps below.
4.1.1: In the menu bar, select Mode > Build
4.1.2: Click on the "Browser for a folder..." icon
4.1.3: Select your DVD Drive by selecting "Computer" in the Places Bar on the left-hand side on the window (#1 in picture). Single click your DVD Drive (#2 in picture). Click "Select Folder" (#3 in picture).
4.1.4: Click the "Build Image" Icon as shown below. Save this someplace on your computer just as you would in step 2. Give it a name you can remember.
4.1.5: If ImgBurn asks you to configure a volume label, you can just click "Yes".
4.1.7: ImgBurn will now create an image of your DVD and save it to your hard drive (it could take 10-60 minutes). To burn this image to another disc, follow the instructions in step 3. How to Burn an ISO File
4.2 You receieve a lot of read or I/O errors when trying to save the disc as an image file to your computer
Some commerical DVDs contain copy-protection mechanisms, such as Content Scrabling System, to prevent the user from copying the DVDs. If this happens, there's not really an easy way to circumvent the copyright protection.
Q: Do I need to repeat step 2 each time I want to make a copy of the same disc?
A: No. You can jump directly to step 3, and select the image you created in step 2. Because an ISO file is a digital copy of a CD/DVD, you can burn as many copies of it as you'd like.