How to Burn an ISO
ISO files are image files that are created to be an exact replica of a CD or DVD. Though the format is old and newer formats have come about ISO is still used to create images of CD’s and DVD’s as it is supported by virtually all disc burning software. Even if programs have proprietary formats “Nero has NRG, Alcohol has MDF/MDS” they all still support reading and burning ISO files.
- A PC or Laptop
- Internal or external CD/DVD burner
- Burning software
- Internet connection
- Blank CD
- Insert your blank CD or DVD into the writable drive or burner and wait for the prompt if you intend to use Windows to burn your ISO image. If your version of Windows does not support burning ISO images then you may need to download a free burning application or purchase one. Popular choices include the Nero suite for purchase or CDBurnerXP for a free solution. If you were recommended another piece of software by others or would like to search for another solution on your own you can go online and search for free burning applications and download the one that you choose.
- Once set up, select the option to BURN AN EXISTING IMAGE or to SELECT AN IMAGE FILE TO BURN from the graphical menu of the program. If using the prompt from Windows select the option to BURN A DISC IMAGE, or browse to the location of the ISO file and right-click on the image then choose OPEN WITH then WINDOWS DISK IMAGE BURNER. If using another application just browse for the location of the ISO image and open it to continue. If you do not have an ISO image to work with you can download a free image for a Linux based operating system from the list at distrowatch.com, or search online with your search engine for one of the more popular Linux distributions such as Ubuntu or OpenSUSE. Once you have acquired a disc image you can then follow the instructions above.
- If you have not already placed your blank CD/DVD in the optical recorder or burner then do so when prompted; after following the prompts or hitting next you may or may not be presented with an option to set the speed of the record process. Depending on your needs or urgency you may want to set the speed manually. Once this is done wait for the burn process to complete where the drive will usually eject unless otherwise specified within the recording software. At this point you may remove the disc and label it using your preferred method and test however you please.
TIPS AND WARNINGS
- Burning any disc should be done at the slowest speed to ensure optimal compatibility.
- ISO images should be downloaded from reliable sources to ensure your image does not contain malicious software.
- If your needs do not go beyond basic burning then purchasing expensive software may not be needed as free versions will do most of what you need.