Data storage is a big deal. You want to know that your data is safe, secure, retrievable. Many people choose to store their most important data in two or three different formats to make sure it is all of these things.
While USB devices and Cloud storage have possibly become the most common method for a large percentage of those seeking to safely store information, many people still place more faith in DVDs as one of the safest data-storage devices.
DVDs are breakable, yes, but of the three storage choices listed here, they are the most unlikely to be corrupted, damaged or compromised. Burning your valuable information onto a DVD, perhaps even in addition to storing it in a Cloud or USB, is still a very good option when it comes to data or multi-media storage.
To move information to a DVD, however, you can’t just drag it from one file to another on your computer, like you can with USBs. Data must be burned onto a DVD using software created specifically for the task.
This article will introduce you to 10 of the best DVD burning software choices out there. Some of it is even free (as will be noted). Make sure to pay attention to the specs on each of tools and choose the one that will be best for you.
- CDBurnerXP (Free)
This is a tool that works with any Windows operating system including XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. There are no paid versions of this tool, so the free software is not limited in anyway—you get everything with your download and can use it personally or commercially.
While it won’t win any prizes for design and elegance, CDBurnerXP’s user interface is very easy to navigate and use. Everything you need to burn regular data, video, audio and ISOs is included in the CDBurnerXP software, and individual interfaces for each of these jobs allow you to customize your options.
CDBurnerXP does lack some features that would make burning videos to DVD a lot easier, so if that is the primary reason you want a DVD burning software, you might want to check into one of the others mentioned below that are more specialized in this area.
Overall, however, this is a great, free tool that lets you get the job done with minimal hassle or confusion.
- ImgBurn (Free)
Another completely free DVD burning option, ImgBurn is a basic software that is best used to create ISO files and burn them to DVDs.
You can also burn other files, audio and video to DVDs using this tool, but unlike CDBurnerXP, ImgBurn offers no individual interface or customizing features for these jobs.
The software is particularly useful for generating images from files, folders or CDs and burning them to a DVD. It is also compatible with all versions of Windows: XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
- Ashampoo Burning Studio (Free)
This software shines for it’s incredibly simple and yet stylish and comprehensive user interface and features. Like CDBurnXP, Ashampoo Burning Studio offers an individual interface for data, images, video, and audio burning and you can customize these functions to best suit your purposes.
It also has a feature for data restoring or backup, and includes a lot of great tools for editing your media files. With very little trouble, you should be able to trim and cut videos, add music to videos, and put together picture slideshows.
Ashampoo Burning Studio works just fine with Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.
- BurnAware (Free or Paid Options)
For your own personal use, you can get BurnAware free. If however, you want to use it for commercial purposes or as a company tool, you will need to pay for it.
This powerful software can easily burn just about anything you would want to burn to a DVD, and also allows you to go the other way around and generate ISO files from a DVD. Plenty of features and tools for preparing your disc like Verify Disc, Disk info, and Erase Disc are included in the BurnAware package.
This tool is not a complicated one to learn or use, and is actually recommended for beginners. It has a very user-friendly interface and works with Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and Vista.
Do note, if you are installing this software that Adware will be installed with it unless you option out.
- Nero Burning Rom 2015 (Paid, Free Trial)
The features included in this software might make it worth paying for. You can sign up for its free trial and decide for yourself.
Data burned to a DVD using this tool is actually burned onto the DVD several times to make sure that it can be read even after aging and scratching. This makes your DVD data storage even more safe and reliable.
Nero Burning Rom is a very flexible tool, allowing you to work with all kinds and large amounts of data. It even has a feature which allows you to use a Wi-Fi connection to burn data to a disk from a smartphone.
The interface may leave a bit to be desired in terms of elegance, but it is fully customizable and packed with great options.
Nero Burning Rom is compatible with Windows versions XP, 7, 8 and Vista.
- Power2Go (Free or Paid Options)
Use Power2Go to burn any type of standard or media file to DVD. With a pretty and powerful interface, Power2Go harnesses the best of both worlds. It is simple to use, with customizable settings for those with specific results in mind.
You can use this software to burn data from Cloud storage and your smartphone as well as from your PC.
Power2Go also offers extra security in the form of 256-bit encryption, and you can use it to burn a system recovery disk in case you need it. The software will work with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and Vista. You can opt for a free option, or upgrade for more features.
- NCH Express Burn (Free or Paid Options)
Perfect for burning multimedia DVDs, NCH Express Burn works quickly and dependably and includes plenty of features for all of your burning necessities. It works with almost any media format and provides a great quality burn of video or audio, which is certainly worth noting.
NCH Express Burn has a simple, user friendly interface that allows you to individually customize each of its features. The free version of this software may be all you need, but you can also upgrade for some additional features.
When installing the software, it will automatically install some Adware along with it unless you uncheck the boxes. It is compatible with all of the Windows versions as well as Mac OS X 10.4.
- DeepBurner (Free or Paid Options)
This is a software of a different color, as they say. DeepBurner does not focus on a lot of customizable features or attractive interface. It is specifically designed to take up very little space (with the pro option being not more than 5 Mb), and even comes in a version that you can use from a USB drive on any computer.
Extra features for burning videos, audio, ISO, etc. are available as separate files which you can download only if you need them.
A simple tool with a specific purpose, DeepBurner has a free version, which you may want to check out, and will work with Windows XP, 7, 8 and Vista.
- AnyDVD HD (Paid, Free Trial)
On the other side of the tracks, there’s AnyDVD HD. This software is loaded with features and may require a user with fairly advanced knowledge of how to use this type of tool. This is a tool for burning crystal clear videos to DVD for great quality, high definition viewing.
AnyDVD HD is restricted to multimedia files, but its features for customizing are top notch. You can use the software with Windows versions XP, 7 and 8.
Update: This software is no longer available.
- Power ISO (Paid, Free Trial)
You can test this DVD burning software out with a free trial before deciding whether or not it is worth paying for. Power ISO, as you may have guessed, specializes in burning and customizing ISO files, although it will also work to burn multimedia and data to DVD.
It is compatible with all of the versions of Windows. You can protect your files with a password, compress or store multiple image volumes.
And that’s it for our overview of 10 of the best DVD Burning software available, both free and paid. Are you ready to start burning that important data, video or music to an old-fashioned DVD for safekeeping or use?
Hopefully this article has been helpful as you work toward deciding which tool will best suit your purposes. With all of the great features and customization options out there, you’re sure to find something that will be exactly what you need.