Updated: 09/12/2023 by Computer Hope

A burner may refer to any of the following:

CD burner

1. The term burner describes a CD-R (compact disc recordable), CD-RW (compact disc re-writable), or DVD-R (digital versatile disc recordable) drive capable of writing data to a CD (compact disc) or DVD (digital versatile disc).

The picture shows a CD-RW drive and a CD-RW disc in the drive tray. With this drive, disc, and software, a user could save (burn) files to the disc.


A burner drive is required to burn a disc. However, once a disc is burned, it works in almost all optical disc players capable of reading discs. For example, a burned CD-R can be read in a CD-ROM (compact disc read-only memory) drive.

2. A burner or burner phone describes a cell phone used temporarily and discarded. Burner phones are used for people who don't want or cannot afford a cell phone contract or don't want to be tracked.

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