Probably one of the cheapest ways of storing your media are optical drives. With their ever increasing production and demand, they have become cheaper and easy to get hold on to. Although for the past years, especially since the inception of content distribution over the internet, optical discs aren't being used much, however their use doesn't seem to vanish anytime soon. Moreover, you can backup your data on CDs and DVDs, should you run out of HDD space. If you were looking for a minimalistic CD burner application that offer you a lot more than just reading or writing, then we would recommend giving CD Manipulator
a shot. It is an open source, easy-to-use Windows application for performing different type of read and write tasks with your CD drives. It allows you to create images and backups with a few simple clicks. The interface is designed in a way to have everything in front of the user, without confusing them with complicated options. CD Manipulator lets you read from CD to image file, read tracks from CD, write from image file to CD, create duplicates of a CD, analyze sub-channel and refresh information of the CD. Each tools has its own set of configuration options, allowing you to pick the drive to read and to choose the name of image file. Keep reading to find out more about CD Manipulator.
We often save a backup copy of our Windows installer disc on a local or external drive, in case the original disc is damaged, lost or unavailable. Burning these files directly to a disc does not create a bootable CD/DVD for installing Windows. Many people do not know how to create a bootable disc and some software which allow doing so easily are paid (such as Nero). For long there has been a freeware used by system administrators to create bootable disc images for Windows Vista and XP, known as nLite, but it does not support Windows 7.
is a complete suite to burn, copy, backup and manage your optical discs. It can burn CD, DVD and Blu-Ray discs, and can mount disc images from ISO, NRG, BIN, MDF and IMG formats. The main features include, burning, copying, and erasing discs, along with a built-in image viewer and music player. You will find options to copy, burn , erase, and mount discs and disc images on the main interface. All options are separated in convenient tabs for easy management and identification of each available feature.
In order to recover data from hard drives, optical discs, and other storage mediums, many of us choose Recuva
for the job. It’s a famous recovery tool from Piriform to seamlessly find and recover corrupted data from partially damaged hard drives & external storage mediums and from corrupted optical discs. However, if Recuva, for some inexplicable reasons, fails to recover data from corrupt or damaged optical disc, one has to consider other tools for recovering data from optical discs. If you are having a bad luck with Recuva, you can opt-in for CD/DVD/BlueRay Recovery.
Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper
is a malware removal utility by Microsoft. It can help you create a bootable USB, CD or DVD for reclaiming a system from viruses and other malicious agents. This can be quite handy for people who might not be able to boot from their system due to a malware infection. System Sweeper thoroughly scans and removes viruses from such computers by booting itself (from a media device) at system startup. To use it , you will require saving the app on a media device such as a USB, CD or DVD. Just Launch System Sweeper, select a media device (CD, DVD or USB) and click Next. You can also choose the ISO option to create an ISO image of the app which can be burned to a CD or DVD later on.
is a portable webserver that can be run from a USB or CD/DVD without installation. The web applications designed for Server2GO can be directly run from a CD/DVD-ROM or USB Drive without the need of configuring a PHP, Apache or MySQL server. It allows creating a standalone website or PHP application on a removable media device, which can be helpful for calculation programs, catalogue software CMS-based image campaigns and CBT (computer based training) lessons. Server2Go can be used with PHP software such as Joomla and Moodle. Although, it is particularly designed for removable media, it can, however, also be run from the local system drives.
If you’ve been hanging on to Nero Free Lite tool (a stripped-down version of Nero Suite) to write/burn CDs/DVDs, you should consider giving Hamster Free Burning Studio
It is a full-featured free application that hosts a great number of disk authoring tools with an ability to write/burn Blu-Ray discs. It also allows users to replicate the disc content while a long list of discs types are supported, including CD-R,CD-RW, DVD RW, and so on. Out of many useful features it bring, what intruded our attention is that it can automatically identify the type of disc inserted into tray, check its capacity and evaluate the most suitable burning speed to prevent any erratic disc writing/burning experience.
Do you have enormous collection of movies, music, or TV shows which you want to keep track on? Users having such a large collection of disks will tell you how difficult it is to manage and keep track on them. In most cases, one forgets which disk was lend out to family or friends, making it further difficult to find it.
My Disk Collection
is a small application to keep track of your physical media which solves the exact problem mentioned above. It also allows you have a quick overview of your media collection.
Do you want to download, edit, or print a movie cover? DVDPrint is a free portable software for Windows that lets you search, download, edit, and print any type of covers, all from within a simple-to-use interface.
Just select the cover style, search for the name, and click Find in the right-sidebar. You will then be presented with some covers that you can download instantly. Click front or back, which is given under every cover result and it will load the FreeCovers.co.uk website from where you can then download it straight to your desktop. Read More
Cdex is a free opensource tool that can extract the data from the audio cd and save the files in either wav or mp3 format. You can also rip the audio cd using Windows Media Player, but this tool has advanced features such as support for audio file tags, ability to add headers to mp3 files, and more encoding options.
First insert the cd in the drive and load this tool. You will find all songs listed, you can edit the Album name, Artist name, Genre, and Year. Read More
Are you looking for a free but easy to use software for burning your DVD, CD, or Blue-Ray disks
, if you haven’t heard about it before, is a cool little burning software that is idle for basic disk burning needs such as backup, creating data, audio, MP3 music, DVD-Video discs and burning disc images.
One of my favorite TV shows is The office.
I love that show but it also takes up a lot of the hard drive space, with each episode of 350MB. I clutter my hard drive space due to this show, and that’s just this one show, not including other shows like Grey’s Anatomy
. So, naturally I burn the shows onto DVDs, as it’s a cheap and easily accessible way to store data. But the only problem is the fact that CDs or DVDs aren’t invulnerable to all types of damage, and in fact, even a small finger print or scratch can make a DVD/CD player not able to read the disk. If you try to copy/paste the file on the damaged disk onto a computer, you usually get an error saying the file is corrupted, or damaged. But I found some really handy programs that can solve such problems, which I thought I’d share with you all today.