Nero 9 Free
Note to Softpedia users: We are well aware that Nero released a newer build (version 10) of Nero Free. We do NOT intend to update our listing to this version, as it installs ASK Toolbar WITHOUT offering users the option to uncheck it.
Writing data on CDs or DVDs is a job for specialized software and among the most well-known brands in the business Nero 9 Free definitely stands out. This particular edition is special because it comes cost free, but also without many of the tools included the full suite.
Ad-riddled setup and familiar interface
Installation is not that difficult, however you have to be extra careful and pay attention at the third-party products included in the package. Also, please note that the setup will take a while until it successfully copies and installs the files on your computer.
If you used Nero in the past, everything is straightforward. It has a pleasant and clean interface, with the main functions displayed at the top of the main window on tabs.
Options to tweak and take advantage of
The functions you can use are not so many, as this edition only offers basic data copying and burning features. Just pick the files you want to copy on a disc, make the final adjustments, for burning speed and disc name and you are ready to go.
As with the other editions of Nero, you will still be able to create disc images, using an NRG file extension, as well as copy the contents of a disc to another location.
Regardless of the method you choose, you should know it is possible to verify the data after a process is complete. Moreover, it is possible to subscribe Nero RSS feeds and to input your own with just a few clicks.
Performance and conclusion
During our tests the discs were created promptly and with no errors. If the speed doesn't meet your expectations, keep in mind that the overall time that a compilation is burned in depends on a variety things. To name some, the optical drive and discs you use, the amount of data to be written and the speed at which you want the process to be carried out.
Even though a bit heavy on resources and with a lengthy install for what it brings to the table, the free edition of Nero 9 Free offers exactly what one would need to create discs in no time. For anyone who only needs to create CDs and DVDs on the fly, Nero 9 Free might be the right answer.
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