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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

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    DAEMON Tools

    DAEMON Tools Lite is an advanced application for Microsoft Windows which provides one of the best optical media emulation in the industry. You can mount *.mdx, *.mds/*.mdf, *.iso, *.b5t, *.b6t, *.bwt, *.ccd, *.cdi, *.cue, *.nrg...

    Freemium Windows

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

    CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs.

    Free Windows

    • Bundleware The default installer contains Opencandy. A version with no third party offers is available in More Download options page.
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    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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  • Brasero icon

    Brasero

    Brasero is a application to burn CD/DVD for the Gnome Desktop. It is designed to be as simple as possible and has some unique features to enable users to create their discs easily and quickly. Features Supports multiple...

    Open Source Linux

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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

  • 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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  • Nero Burning ROM icon

    Nero Burning ROM

    Nero Burning ROM, commonly called just Nero, is an optical disc authoring program. As of version 6, the program has been a part of Nero software suite. It features new cutting-edge functionality. Create, rip, copy, burn, edit, share...

    Commercial Windows

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    cdrtfe

    A small open source CD/DVD burning application for Windows. cdrtfe is a win32 frontend for the cdrtools (cdrecord, mkisofs, readcd, cdda2wav), Mode2CDMaker and VCDImager. It can burn data discs (CD and DVD), Audio CDs, XCDs, (S)VCDs...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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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.
  • AnyBurn icon

    AnyBurn

    AnyBurn is a light weight but professional CD / DVD / Blu-ray burning software that everyone must have. It provides a free and complete solution for burning.

    Free Windows

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    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

  • 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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  • AnyToISO icon

    AnyToISO

    [Lite version is totally free but it cannot deal with files greater than a regular CD size (870 MB) ]. As the name suggests, AnyToISO Converter promises to convert just about any format to something that can be turned into a disk...

    Freemium Mac Windows

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  • Iso Master icon

    Iso Master

    [You need a C compiler to install it from source.] ISO Master is an open-source, easy to use, graphical CD image editor for Linux and BSD. Basically you can use this program to extract files from an ISO, add files to an ISO, and...

    Open Source Linux

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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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  • WinISO icon

    WinISO

    WinISO is a CD-ROM image file utility that can convert BIN to ISO, extract/edit/create ISO files directly, make bootable CDs and as a BIN/ISO converter/extractor/editor

    Commercial 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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  • ISO Workshop icon

    ISO Workshop

    ISO Workshop is a free application designed to facilitate disc image management, conversion and burning operations. It supports a wide range of commonly used disc image formats, including ISO, CUE, BIN, NRG, CDI, MDF, IMG. Optical...

    Free Personal Windows

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    • Bundleware Installer defaults to installing ByteFence and Yahoo search extension, there is an option to not install these.
  • CloneCD icon

    CloneCD

    It uses to get Image from any CD or DVD, Copy them or Burn an Image on a CD or DVD.

    Commercial 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.
  • SimpleBurn icon

    SimpleBurn

    SimpleBurn is a minimalistic application for burning and extracting CDs and DVDs.

    Open Source Linux BSD Xfce

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  • ISOburn icon

    ISOburn

    ISOburn can directly burn your ISO and CD/DVD image file to CD-R,CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW,HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, it write any data directly.

    Free Windows

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  • Astroburn icon

    Astroburn

    The best choice for those who want to have quick and easy-to-use home program with essential features to perform disc burning. A. Insert a disc into your drive; B. Select data or an image file; C. Start burn. You can also...

    Free Personal Windows

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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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  • 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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  • BurnCDCC icon

    BurnCDCC

    This utility is used to burn an ISO file to a CD/DVD/BD disc. Many new systems come with a limited CD/DVD software package that lacks the ability to burn ISO files.

    Free Windows

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  • Gmount

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

    Open Source Windows Linux

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  • Nero MediaHome icon

    Nero MediaHome

    Nero MediaHome is the media manager for your photos, music and videos. The complete, all-in-one source lets you find, organize, edit, play, share, sync, burn and enjoy your media with the built-in market that lets you buy and activate...

    Freemium Windows

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  • Roxio Creator icon

    Roxio Creator

    Roxio Creator NXT is the ultimate software suite for DVD burning, video capture, video editing, photo slideshows and more! PHOTO Easy & powerful photo editing and creative design tools make every picture perfect. Create...

    Commercial Windows Windows RT

  • DoISO icon

    DoISO

    DoISO - free ISO CD/DVD image maker and CD/DVD burner for Windows.

    Open Source Windows

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    • Discontinued Not updated since 2010
  • DAA2ISO icon

    DAA2ISO

    DAA2ISO is an open source command-line/GUI tool for converting single and multipart DAA and GBI images to the original ISO format. The DAA image (Direct Access Archive) in fact is just a compressed CD/DVD ISO which can be created...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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PowerISO Comments

Here are some Linux commands to get info that PowerISO tell ...

Comment by SpawnHappyJake
about PowerISO Jun 2011

Here are some Linux commands to get info that PowerISO tells you about ISOs and even more than PowerISO gives: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/getting-volume-information-from-cds-iso-images/#comment-55932 With those, CDemu, and ImgBurn in WINE, you shouldn't miss PowerISO at all. AcetoneISO has the same darn problem as PowerISO - doesn't actually emulate a CD drive...grrrrrr. The only functionality missing is compressing isos. Ironically, there is PowerISO for Linux and Acetone can compress ISOs. Grrrr. Grumble grumble grumble.

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I have SERIOUS beef with this program. One of the few progr ...

Comment by SpawnHappyJake
about PowerISO Jun 2011

I have SERIOUS beef with this program. One of the few programs I have encountered that is straight up bad.

First, it does NOT emulate a CD drive. I honestly don't know WHAT it's doing. It only makes a drive letter show up - no emulated hardware behind it. This is THE ONLY iso mounter tool that I know of that does not emulate a CD reader (hardware), other than Unix pseudo-devices, which are ok because they're a different case. It makes iTunes think a blank CD was inserted, which shows that it's doing something screwy.

Trust me, I'm usually not a troll, but this is the one program I hate (along with KernSafe Total Mounter).

Also, when you tell it to mount a floppy disc image, the mount looks like a CD, and it claims to be able to edit CD images, which I'm pretty sure isn't possible. It probably saves the changes you want to make to an image, extracts parts of the image file, edits those parts, builds a new image, then replaces your old one. NEVER REPLACE THE ORIGINAL!

Why not use VirtualClone Drive or WinCDEmu for mounting?!? And maybe ImgBurn for other needs? If you want an altered version of a CD, just extract the components, and rebuild it, like with ImgBurn or something, without a 300 MB limit and for free. Why does it not emulate hardware like CDemu, VirtualCloneDrive, MagicDisc, PhantomCD, Daemon Tools, Gismo Manager, WinCDEmu, or anyone else?

I prefer Linux, and just use CDemu when actual emulation is required.

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42 times lighter than Nero, 3 times faster than Daemon Tool ...

Comment by hide
about PowerISO Jun 2011

42 times lighter than Nero, 3 times faster than Daemon Tools.
You've been told now.

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Well, even with the free alternatives I can´t find myself l ...

Comment by DevilishVicious
about PowerISO Jun 2011

Well, even with the free alternatives I can´t find myself letting go of this commercial software. It simply has all that I need to mount, convert, edit and burn all kinds of image/ISO files. I've tried similar applications but no other seems to do exactly everything this one does. Been using it for years now, and I think it will be that way for years to come. For me it's the best software of this kind. Recommended!

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