DeepBurner is a free application for burning data CDs and DVDs, music CDs, and ISO images. There is a pro version as well with more features, but this tutorial will focus on using the features in the free version. In minutes, anyone can be burning their own music and backing up their data.
Step one is to download DeepBurner from their website. Once the download is complete, run the executable. Unless you speak a language other than English, the default settings during the installation are fine. Once installed, go to Start – All Programs– Deep Burner. There is a DeepBurner help file listed as well if you have any questions after this tutorial or any technical issues with the program.
The first thing you see is a screen asking what type of project you wish to perform. The three options are Data CD/DVD, Music CD, and ISO Image. We will start with the Data CD/DVD project.
Choose Next and choose what type of session you want. Multisession allows you to burn to a disk multiple times. Append Session allows you to burn to a disk that was originally setup as multisession. Use this option when burning to the same disk a second time. Use multisession for new disks. Finally, there is No Multisession. This option essentially finalizes the disk. Use this option only if you do not want to burn anything else to the disk. This is good for burning an application or data you wish to give to someone else.
You are now ready to add files to your disk. By clicking CD/DVD files on the left side of the screen, you are presented with five options at the top of the screen. The first allows you to add a folder to organize information on your disk. The second button allows you to rename an existing folder. The third button, the folder with a plus sign, is the most important of the five. This allows you to browse your computer to add data to your disk. The red X allows you to delete information from the disk before burning and the last button allows you to create a bootable disk. You need to have a bootable file created before using this option.
The next option on the left side menu is Autorun. You can create an autorun disk that will launch a setup file, for instance, from you disk. You can create buttons, provide a caption, add comments, and much more. Basically, you create a GUI screen for anyone that uses the disk.
The third option is Print Label. There are five different types of labels you can create and print. Each offers a CD Label and Booklet as additional options. A few offer the option to create a Case Insert. The tools along the top toolbar allow you to add images, text, titles, disk contents, work with layers, delete parts, zoom, preview, and print in that order.
The final option is Burn Disk. Only choose this option when you are completely finished adding and editing your information. Remember, if you chose No Multisession, you will not get a second chance to add more data. If you would rather save and finish the project later, click the red X in the session screen and you will be asked to save the project. Save somewhere convenient for you and finish at a better time later.
Burning an Audio CD is similar to a data CD/DVD. You have three options on the left toolbar: CD Image, Print Label, and Burn Disk. With CD Image, you have five options in the top toolbar. You can browse and add music, rename tracks, delete tracks, and change the order of tracks.
The final project type requires you to have an ISO image file. These typically end in .iso. You have two options in the left toolbar. One is Copy CD and the other is Burn ISO Image. Burn ISO Image is for printing labels. The Copy CD option allows you to browse for your image, choose the write speed, and actually burn the image.
Outside of the projects, you can also erase rewriteable disks. Use the top toolbar button showing a disk with green arrows around it. You can also create new projects or opening existing ones.
DeepBurner fits most users’ needs and is extremely simple to use. On top of that, the program is free. Give it a try and you’ll be hooked.