Alternatives to DAEMON Tools for all platforms with any license

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  • WinCDEmu icon

    WinCDEmu

    WinCDEmu is an open-source CD/DVD/BD emulator - a tool that allows you to mount optical disc mages by simply clicking on them in Windows Explorer. If you have downloaded an ISO image and want to use it without burning it to a blank...

    Open Source Windows

    • Instant, no need to create virtual drives manually. Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Virtual CloneDrive icon

    Virtual CloneDrive

    Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files of various formats (.iso, .bin, etc) can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive...

    Free Windows

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  • UltraISO icon

    UltraISO

    CD image files are easily created with UltraISO. Duplicate discs to a CD image, create bootable CDs and audio CD images - and UltraISO also handles DVD image files. If you need to know how to make a CD image or need to edit an ISO...

    Commercial Windows

  • PowerISO icon

    PowerISO

    PowerISO is a powerful CD/DVD image file processing tool, which allows you to open, extract, create, edit, compress, encrypt, split and convert ISO files, and mount these files with internal virtual drive. It can process almost all...

    Commercial Windows

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    • Bundleware The installer contains ads. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
  • Alcohol icon

    Alcohol

    Alcohol is a powerful Windows CD and DVD burning software that makes it easy to create backups of DVDs* and CDs. In addition, the program lets you store your most used CDs as images on your computer, so you can call them up at the...

    Freemium Windows

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    • Bundleware The free version of Alcohol 52% contains an optional adware toolbar bundled. It also installs Smart File Advisor without allowing you to uncheck this option during setup.
  • ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver icon

    ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver

    ImDisk is a virtual disk driver for Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 or Windows Server 2003/2008/2012. It can create virtual hard disk, RAM Disk, floppy or CD/DVD drives using image files or system memory. The install package installs...

    Open Source Windows BSD

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  • ImDisk Toolkit icon

    ImDisk Toolkit

    Here is the ImDisk Toolkit. This all-in-one package includes the ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver and several tools and interfaces to mount many formats of image files and make a RamDisk available at Windows startup.

    Open Source Windows

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  • MagicISO icon

    MagicISO

    MagicISO is a powerful CD/DVD image file creating/editing/extracting tool. It can open / create / edit /extract CD/DVD image files, and it can convert bin to iso and back, as well as make ISO file from DVD/CD-ROM or hard disk, and...

    Freemium Windows

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 5.5(build 281), released in February 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • AcetoneISO icon

    AcetoneISO

    AcetoneISO, is a feature-rich and complete software application to manage CD/DVD images. Thanks to powerful open source tools such as fuseiso, AcetoneISO will let You mount typical proprietary images formats of the Windows world such...

    Open Source Linux

  • Furius ISO Mount  icon

    Furius ISO Mount

    Furius ISO Mount is a simple Gtk+ Interface to Mount ISO, IMG, BIN, MDF and NRG Image files without burning to disk. An ISO, IMG, BIN, MDF and NRG Image management utility for the Gnome Desktop Environment. Features ...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 0.11.3.1, released in January 2011, can be still downloaded from Softpedia
  • OSFMount icon

    OSFMount

    OSFMount allows you to mount local disk image files (bit-for-bit copies of a disk partition) in Windows with a drive letter. You can then analyze the disk image file with PassMark OSForensics by using the mounted volume's drive...

    Free Windows

  • CDemu icon

    CDemu

    CDEmu is a CD/DVD-ROM device emulator for linux, licensed under GPL v2 or later. It is a from-scratch rewrite of the legacy CDEmu project, which was started by Robert Penz.

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    TotalMounter

    TotalMounter is only free software that allows user to mount virtual CD/DVD burner that is allowing to directly burn data onto an ISO file, not to an optical disk (such as CD or DVD). After mounting virtual burner for the first time...

    Freemium Windows

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  • Pismo File Mount Audit Package icon

    Pismo File Mount Audit Package

    Pismo File Mount Audit Package is a Windows application that allows users to mount the contents of ZIP, ISO, Compact ISO, Compact File Set and Private Folder files to the file system as virtual folders. Pismo File Mount Audit Package...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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  • FuseISO

    FuseISO is a FUSE module to mount ISO filesystem images (.iso, .nrg, .bin, .mdf and .img files). It currently support plain ISO9660 Level 1 and 2, Rock Ridge, Joliet, and zisofs.

    Open Source Linux

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  • DVDFab Virtual Drive icon

    DVDFab Virtual Drive

    DVDFab Virtual Drive is a virtual emulator for both DVD and Blu-ray. It can emulate 18 drives and mount DVD/Blu-ray ISO image files created by DVDFab and other programs. For example, if you want to play a Blu-ray ISO image file...

    Free Windows

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  • WinMount icon

    WinMount

    WinMount is a powerful archive and virtual drive tool. It can compress and decompress. It also can mount ZIP, mount RAR, mount MOU, mount cd dvd and hdd image as a virtual drive.

    Freemium Windows

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, V3.5.1018, released in October 201, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Gmount ISO icon

    Gmount ISO

    GMount ISO is a simple tool for Linux that facilitates mounting ISO images as a virtual drive. GMount ISO is a frontend to the mount command and is written using PyGTK and Glade. Virtual disc access rate is about 200 times faster than...

    Free Linux

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  • Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel icon

    Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel

    This free program for lets you create a virtual CD drive on your hard disk. The "32k" program load ISO Images (iso), CDFS (cdfs), Joilet (jo), Rock Ridge (rock), UDF (udf), and any standard iso format. For anyone unfamiliar...

    Free Windows

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  • gISOmount icon

    gISOmount

    gISOMount is a simple graphical interface to enable the mounting of ISO's with ease. Useful for if you are involved with beta testing of isos and need to quickly mount them wo check which version they, or to grab files off isos...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Phantom Burner icon

    Phantom Burner

    Phantom Burner is a virtual BD-RE/DVD+RW/DVD-RAM/CD-R/BD-ROM/DVD-ROM/CD-ROM emulator software. It not only allows you to mount disc image files as virtual CD, DVD or Blu-ray discs, but also let you create disc image files by burn to...

    Freemium Windows

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    • Discontinued Official website/app unavailable.
  • Game Jackal icon

    Game Jackal

    Game Jackal Pro is the ultimate must have killer app for the PC gamer! If you, like most gamers, find it annoying looking for and inserting the CD-ROM for your favorite game each time you play it, then Game Jackal Pro is for you. ...

    Commercial Windows

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  • ToastMount icon

    ToastMount

    Roxio Toast 5 and 6 for Mac OS X provide an extension to load a cd image (.iso) as a virtual drive on your desktop. This is NOT the same as mounting with Disk Image Helper. Any normal application will see the disk as a real drive and you...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

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  • Gizmo Drive icon

    Gizmo Drive

    Gizmo Drive is a virtual device simulator which allows you to create password protected hard disk images with its proprietary GDRIVE format. Gizmo Drive also supports a number of standard image formats including: ISO, VHD, BIN, IMG...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.7.9, released in May 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • WinArchiver icon

    WinArchiver

    WinArchiver is a powerful archive utility, which can open, create, and manage archive files. It supports almost all archive formats, including zip, rar, 7z, iso, and other popular formats. WinArchiver can also mount the archive to a...

    Commercial Windows

  • VHDAttach icon

    VHDAttach

    This is small tool that adds Attach and Detach option to contextual (aka right-click) menu of Virtual disk (vhd) files. That enables those operations to be done without trip to Disk Management console. Detach option is available on...

    Free Windows

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  • discmage

    discmage handles all kinds of CD images. It does rip single tracks, mounts images or tracks using FUSE, repairs broken ISO tracks, and much more.

    Open Source Linux

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    • Discontinued Official site/app unavailable.
  • Kiso icon

    Kiso

    KIso is a graphical user interface for KDE 3.x for creating, extracting and editing of ISO-Images. It has the purpose to make it as easy as possible to: * Open ISO and NRG images. * Create an ISO image from CD. * Easy and...

    Open Source Linux BSD

    • Discontinued Last version, 0.8.3, was released on December 2005. It is still downloadable from Sourceforge
  • Gmount

    Gmount is the program which helps you to mount images in Linux

    Open Source Windows Linux

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  • ISODisk icon

    ISODisk

    ISODisk is a free and powerful ISO disk image file tool that allows you to create up to 20 virtual CD/DVD drives, mount .ISO disk images and access the them as if it were burned to CD or DVD. This free program can also quickly create...

    Free Windows

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  • gBurner Virtual Drive

    gBurner Virtual Drive is an application that lets you create and manage virtual drives on your PC. This application can be especially useful for users who work with ISO images and need to mount multiple virtual disks at a time. It...

    Free Windows

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  • ISO Toolkit icon

    ISO Toolkit

    "ISO Toolkit" is a free ISO manipulation tool which allows you to create ISO image, copy ISO image from CD/DVD, convert ISO, NRG, CUE images, extract content of ISO, NRG, BIN and CUE images, mount ISO, NRG, BIN and CUE...

    Free Windows

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  • VirtualDrive

    FarStone CD/DVD emulators are the perfect CD management solution for families with small children, gamers on the go, small businesses with disc-based programs, and schools with disc-based educational material.

    Commercial Windows

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DAEMON Tools Comments

Google Chrome is blocking DAEMON Tools

Negative Comment by jkw
about DAEMON Tools Dec 2016

Just downloaded DT Lite and it got blocked in Chrome due to various things explained here:
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/6261569?visitid=1-636166935980853495-2408729883&p=ibdownload_blocked&hl=sv&rd=1

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DAEMON Tools Lite is Just OK

Positive Comment by realnabarl
about DAEMON Tools and WinCDEmu, Virtual CloneDrive Sep 2015

I'm playing Might and Magic VII, disk 2 must be insert to make game playing the music.
With Virtual CloneDrive and WinCDEmu I can run the game but without music, but DAEMON Tools can.

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Malware! Beware!

Negative Comment by silhouettegg7248
about DAEMON Tools Apr 2015

As a long-time user of Daemon Tools, I was terribly surprised to find the developers have loaded their recent installations with malware and partnered with known Malware distributors such as "mountspace" (Malwarebytes considers them to be a malicious website, as well) in order to bring the end user bloatware of the Conduit variety, such as Opencandy and Sweetpacks.

Daemon Tools is dead. Stay far away if you know what is good for your computer and your sanity.

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No longer good software. Avoid at all costs.

Negative Comment by baconbits
about DAEMON Tools Apr 2015

Problems:

  • Latest Windows 8 OS update with the latest Daemon Tools Lite breaks Windows Media Player. Loading an audio ISO file no longer notifies Windows Media Player that a new CD has been loaded. You must exit Windows Media Player and restart it for it to detect the newly loaded CD. This is unacceptable if you use Daemon Tools to play your audio CD ISO files.

  • The new Quick Mount feature is a severe downgrade. Previously you could selectively eject and load a virtual CD image on individual drives without recreating the drive. You can no longer do this, because mounting and unmounting are creating and removing the drives on the fly, which plays havoc on apps that depend on CD loading and ejecting notification. Additionally, Quick Mount selects the next available drive for you and removes it when you unmount, so you lose control. This severely hampers your ability to decide which drive gets loaded with which CD image file.

  • Virtual drives no longer persist through a reboot. Any mounted image gets ejected and the drive is removed. You have to set everything up all over again after a reboot.

  • The WORST PROBLEM OF ALL is the installer is absolutely loaded with undesirable adware. It's difficult for even an expert user to avoid installing these unwanted and potentially dangerous programs. This is unacceptable.

I'm a long time Daemon Tools user but not anymore. I am currently evaluating alternative programs. I will also be converting over 1 TB in data files to move away from the MDX file format because it is a Daemon Tools format. I highly recommend you avoid this program at all costs.

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Adware PUPs, Spigot.A Warning

Negative Comment by thaeoed
about DAEMON Tools and WinCDEmu Apr 2014

Stealth installs several very invasive pups, browser hijacks as well as Spigot. This used to be a great program but they have definitely sold out (as have so many other small software developers) to spam/spyware/adware companies whose offers are seemingly too good to refuse. Leaving all us end users in the dirt. Opensource is really enjoying some great success as a result as people turn to alternatives that they know are free of crapware, work as well or better, and don't cost a dime. WinCDEmu does the job I previously used this tool for.

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How come...

Comment by Thordelan
about DAEMON Tools Nov 2011

...it is tagged as portable ?

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Can't be used in commercial operations, use Virtual Clone D ...

Comment by DataBitz
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

Can't be used in commercial operations, use Virtual Clone Drive instead.

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Another junk program You mount the file after creating th ...

Comment by gordonthefree33
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

Another junk program You mount the file after creating the virtual drive but you cannot play it, the play button is grayed out

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Good, but also be warned, the installer want's to install a ...

Comment by northar
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

Good, but also be warned, the installer want's to install a lot of junk, like extra toolbars,etc

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This entry is quite incorrect. The name is "Daemon Tools", ...

Comment by klischee
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

This entry is quite incorrect. The name is "Daemon Tools", but the screenshot shows DAEMON Tools Pro, and the licence is set to free, but it's free for personal use only (Lite) or commercial (Pro). The icon and author/company is wrong too. Edit: I've changed the title to "DAEMON Tools Lite" now, deleted the screenshot and changed the licence to free for personal use. "DAEMON Tools Pro" is another piece of software and should get it's own entry. :)

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This was good until it added spyware and adware to it's ins ...

Comment by SeanJA
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

This was good until it added spyware and adware to it's install.

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I used to use this till they went overboard with the bloat/ ...

Comment by evan
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

I used to use this till they went overboard with the bloat/advertisements. I use Virtual Clone Drive now and IMHO it's just better all around. I'm not sure if Daemon Tools has improved over the years though because I haven't been using it.

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using Windows 7 x64 and its been working great. A while ago ...

Comment by Mur
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

using Windows 7 x64 and its been working great. A while ago it did not support windows 7 but its been fine for about a half a year now.

Daemon Tools is good for mounting almost any cd image file type and is pretty light weight and has a nice interface.

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