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If in need of a comprehensive tool with a wide variety of disc-related tasks, BurnAware Premium is an interesting option to consider. It is not only capable of creating all kinds of data and multimedia discs, but it also offers an interesting choice of ISO-related capabilities and comes with a few useful utilities to help you erase and verify discs, and even to recover data from damaged discs.
All the tasks that BurnAware Premium is capable of performing are neatly grouped and organized in four categories in the program’s main interface – Data, Multimedia, Disc Images, and Utilities. Data discs include boot discs and a couple of other functions that I would have moved to the Utilities category, namely Copy Disc and Span Disc, as they’re not exclusive to data discs. Multimedia discs include audio CDs, video DVDs, MP3 discs, and the possibility of ripping audio tracks from your favorite CDs. No DVD authoring tools – for creating DVD menus, for instance – have been included in the package.
Disc Images is entirely devoted to ISO image files. Here you can create new ISO images, burn existing ones to disc, unpack all files and folders in an ISO file, and even make a bootable ISO file. Finally, the utilities included in the last category go from erasing and verifying discs to recovering lost data due to all kinds of disc failures. Each task comes with its own set of specific settings to help you customize each function to your special needs.
There is a BurnAware Free version that lacks some of the most interesting utilities, such as the audio CD ripping feature or the disc copy capabilities. The Pro version, on the contrary, includes everything you find in the Premium version plus the option to burn ISO images to multiple drives at once and the possibility of using the program with commercial purposes. All in all, BurnAware Premium is a no-nonsense tool created to burn and copy all kinds of discs, manage ISO files, and produce multimedia CDs and DVDs.
- Includes a data recovery option
- Performs comprehensive ISO-related tasks
- Full-featured settings for every task
- Allows you to rip audio CDs
- Lacks DVD authoring tools