Alternatives to PowerISO for all platforms with any license



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  • WinCDEmu icon


    WinCDEmu is an open-source CD/DVD/BD emulator - a tool that allows you to mount optical disc images by simply clicking on them in Windows Explorer. If you have...

    Open Source Windows

    • It's easy to use...that's what makes it awesome..I am saving so much time..... Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree
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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...

    Freemium Windows

    • Bundleware Lite installer contains ads. Be careful during the installation:
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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...

    Free Windows

  • Brasero icon


    Brasero is an 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...

    Open Source Linux BSD GNOME

  • Alcohol icon


    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...

    Freemium Windows

    • 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.
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    A small open source CD/DVD burning application for Windows. cdrtfe is a win32 frontend for the cdrtools (cdrecord, mkisofs, readcd, cdda2wav), Mode2CDMaker and...

    Open Source Windows

  • 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...

    Commercial Windows

  • MagicISO icon


    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...

    Freemium Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated.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 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, 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...

    Open Source Linux

  • CDemu icon


    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...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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: 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.


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.


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.

@hide (and everyone else): Still doesn't emulate hardware!

Figured I should finely stop by for a visit to point out that I haven't been told; it's been so long since I've flamed this program, lol.

Yeah, the speed/lightweightness is cool Hide; thanks for the statistics. But it's just too unsettling for me knowing that it's not actually emulating hardware, yet responds to some hardware checks (probably just enough to trick game CD/DVD checks). More unsettling is that it does something pretty darn wonky. Never seen anything else like it. Not emulating hardware, yet responding to certain calls? Making a drive show up without emulating hardware or even clean manipulation of the virtual filesystem (like the subst command, or something a little more sophisticated, perhaps like the unix-like family of OSs' "mount" command)? Making iTunes think a blank disc was inserted? What is going on here!

By "not emulating hardware" I mean that it doesn't make hardware show up in the list of hardware reported by Windows. Pull up Device Manager and try to find the virtual optical drive emulated by PowerIso. It's not there because it doesn't exist! Or open WMIC and look in there. Won't find it. Open any software that lists the optical drives of your system: ImgBurn, Nero, VLC, iTunes, any of them. They won't list it, because it's not there. Now try that with Virtual CloneDrive, Gizmo, Daemon Tools, WinCDEmu, KernSafe Total Mounter, or any Windows optical drive emulator, and it will show up on all of those.


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!