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Burn BluRay, DVD, CD Disks With Hamster Free Burning Studio, Better Than NeroBurn Lite

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 a try. 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.

It offers an eye-candy and a very straightforward interface, with the main screen listing down all types of discs to burn. To begin, select Data CD/DVD to either add files/folder to the project or specify an ISO file which you wish to burn to disc. Alternatively, you can start off with copying CD/DVD content to inserted media.

HAMSTER Free Burning Studio

HAMSTER Free Burning

Once the project is created, you will see the main screen for adding more files/folders up to disc’s capacity limit. At left side, it shows drive-related information with option to erase writable disc before start burning, you can also manually specify the disc writing speed and enter volume label. If you are using multiple drives, select one from the bottom the screen. Now click burning-imaged button to start writing data to disc.

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It will go into compact mode when data is being authored. However, you can switch to full-screen mode anytime to view the errors/writing problems.

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Similar to previously covered Hamster Video Converter, it offers multiple color schemes to overhaul the layout, just pick out one from Settings window to revamp the interface.


Going over its numerous features, we couldn’t help but compare it with Nero’s free disc burning tool, you have support for a slew of disc types in Hamster’s product whereas Nero’s burning tool offers a way less disc burning options with limited features. The most distinctive feature is that Hamster’s product can write data to BluRay discs.

Since it is in beta phase, the Media Studio and Disc Backup features are not available. As far available writing options are concerned, we didn’t find any bug or lag during testing. It runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 (both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported), testing was carried on Windows 7 x64 system.

Download Hamster Free Burning Studio

You can also check out previously covered some free disc writing tools, Expore&Burn, BurnAware, and UsefulUtils.


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  2. I suppose it’s quite important to know about this piece of software that it relies entirely on the Microsoft Image Mastering API (IMAPI). If you’ve disabled/removed it (like I did with RT7Lite), it will not operate at all. In other words, it does not come with its own burning engine, but relies on Windows’ internal IMAPI.

  3. As far available writing options are concerned, we ´didn’t found´ any bug or lag during testing…

    Should say ´didn’t find.´

  4. Hamster Burning Studio looks interesting…

    …though the freeware version of Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010 is probably a far better piece of software which EASILY trumps not only the freeware/bloatware versions of such as Nero and Roxio which come free on big-name computers, but it’s actually sufficiently powerful that it’s even better than the full commercial versions of those products.

    Finding a copy can be a challenge since the “2010” freeware edition of Ashampoo Burning Studio is only offered now-and-then, on various web sites, as a promotion. But it’s easy enough to find via Google.

    The only thing I don’t like is how one must register and get a serial number even for the freeware versions of Ashampoo products; and then Ashampoo uses the fact that it’s got your email address to send so much promotional email that you’ll swear you’re under a daily spam attack.

    Fortunately, when one registers an Ashampoo product, one automatically gets an account on the Ashampoo web site; and in said account (it takes a little poking around to figure out where it is) one can opt out of everything. Sadly, the very next time one registers a new Ashampoo product, all the promotional emailing settings get reset to where they spam you again… and so one must manually opt out of all communications from Ashampoo every time one registers a new Ashampoo product.

    If it weren’t for the fact that most of Ashampoo’s stuff is pretty good, it wouldn’t be worth it. Fortunately, it is. Yes, it’s a pain in the rear, but it’s definitely worth it… er… well… for the most part. Some Ashampoo products, obviously, are better than others. The Burning Studio products, at least, are pretty much best-of-breed.

    Hope that helps.

    Gregg DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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