From the desk of: Sam C. Chan

Checklist: ImgBurn Basics

January 31, 2008

This checklist covers the 3 most common operations: burning a data disc, duplicating a disc, and an burning an ISO image to disc. It is based on ImgBurn It might also apply to earlier versions, with slight discrepancies in wording and menu sequence.

Burning a Data Disc:

  • Insert blank CDR or DVD+R disc.
  • From Mode menu, select Build
  • From Output menu, select Device
  • Drop your file(s) and folders(s) into the list box under "source"
  • Click Calculator button to update total size
  • Check the box: Verify
  • Click the big graphic Write button.

Duplicating a Disc:

  • a 2-step process: read from disc to ISO image + write from ISO to disc
  • From Mode menu, select Read
  • Insert Source Disc
  • Optional: customize Destination ISO file location, note its name for later
  • Click big graphic Read button
  • Remove source disc after read is complete
  • Insert Blank destination disc
  • From Mode menu, select Write
  • Source: browse to the file previously noted
  • Click big graphic Write button
  • Optional: you may delete the temporary ISO image file

Burning an ISO Image to Disc:

  • Obtain the ISO image file and store it on your hard drive.
  • Browse to that file, Right-click, select "Burn using ImgBurn"
  • Insert blank CDR or DVD+R disc.
  • Check the box: Verify
  • Adjust the speed setting (optional)
  • Click the big graphic Write button



Optical disc burning is a relatively complex and unreliable process. Many potential problems could arise, and some of them are not easily noticed.

Clearly label all discs immediately, using a wide felt tip permanent marker.

You should always turn on the Verify option.

Even with the Verify data on disc after burning setting checked, you should still reinsert the disc after successful completion, to visual confirm that the copying is done correctly, with the content you expected, by browsing thru folders, and checking the total size.

If the disc is being sent away for something critical, you should use a special utility to compare file-by-file against the source; or better yet, use the disc as it is intended to be used: such as installing the program on it, or test use of the data files it contains.


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