Ignition optimizes file collections to fit them on the least amount of discs

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 23, 2013
Updated • Jun 5, 2016

Ignition is a free program for the Windows operating system that enables you to sort data into sizeable chunks automatically for improved CD/DVD burning.

If you have ever burned a large file collection, think Gigabytes of data on CD discs or even tens of Gigabytes on DVD discs, you may have noticed that there is always some space left that remains free.

While you can juggle around with files manually, it may take you quite some time to do so depending on the size of files and data that you want to burn to disc. Plus, it is relatively easy to miss some files or folders along the way.

I reviewed Disc Fit last year which helps you out in this regard. The program sorts all files and folders that you want to burn into sets that fit perfectly on the selected media type.

Ignition does more or less the same thing as Disc Fit.  You select the desired media type first on the left, use the add files or add folders button afterwards to add the data that you want to burn, then the media type that you want (e.g. single-layer DVD or dual-layer DVD), and finally the optimize button to start the process.

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Ignition displays the result near instantly in a new window on the screen.  All discs that you need to use to burn the data are listed here, each with the selected folders and files they contain. You also find statistics about the remaining free storage of each disc on the right.

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A click on create iso, creates iso images that you can burn using any disc burning program, while burn works directly if you have installed the Copy To DVD program from the same developer.

Tip: The program sees folders as single units which means that it won't divide the files in those folders on different discs. If you want that to happen, select to add files only during configuration. The benefit of using a folder approach is that you can be certain that all files stored in a folder will be there when you open the burned copy.

You can use Ignition for other things as well. Maybe you want to fill your smartphone to the brim with music, videos or other files. Just select a custom size, add files and use the "save" button on the results window to save the files that match the free storage space to the device or your computer first.

I recommend you download the "lite" installer on the download page as all others may contain adware offers.

One downside is that the program does not support newer media such as Blu-Ray discs.

Closing Words

Ignition is a handy program for optimizing CD or DVD burn jobs, or for sorting data into sizeable chunks. It is dead easy to use, and very fast in what it does.

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  1. Andrew said on April 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    So which one do you think is better, Disc Fit or Ignition?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 24, 2013 at 1:04 am

      Pick either one, they are both good and there is little difference between the two.

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