ISO Mounting Apps

Many computers forgo physical disk drives in order to cut space, cut cost, add storage, or any combination of those options. When the need to mount an iso file that contains a program necessary for work or a hobby arises, though, disk imaging software comes to the rescue. Apps such as DAEMON Tools can be used to generate a virtual disk drive to mount iso files so users can run their contents.

  1. 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 downloaded an ISO image and want to use it without burning it to a blank disc, WinCDEmu is the easiest way to do it.
  2. Protect your data, upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file. Macrium Reflect supports backup to local, network and USB drives.


  3. DAEMON Tools Lite is an advanced application 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, *.pdi, *.isz disc images to a virtual drive. Make .iso, *.mds/*.

    Bundleware

    Lite installer contains ads.

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    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files of various formats (.iso, .
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  4. Rescuezilla is a free, easy-to-use hard drive disk cloning and imaging application that boots as a live USB. Rescuezilla is fully interoperable with Clonezilla. This means that backups created by Clonezilla, can be restored with Rescuezilla (and vice versa).
  5. 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 a console-mode control program called imdisk.
  6. 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 CD-ROM image files including ISO and BIN.

    Bundleware

    The installer contains ads. Be careful during the installation: Forum

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    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.
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    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 handle bootable information at meanwhile.

    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.

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  7. AcetoneISO, is a feature-rich and complete software application to manage CD/DVD images.

    Discontinued

    The latest update on SourceForge was on 2013-10-25.

  8. Disk Utility is the name of a utility created by Apple for performing disk-related tasks in Mac OS X. These tasks include:
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    • Windows
    Paragon Backup & Recovery is an advanced backup and restore software for individual users. You don’t need deep IT skills or computing knowledge to protect files and folders, partitions, disks or even the entire system.
    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    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 letter.
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    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.

    Discontinued

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

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    • FreeProprietary
    • Linux
    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 that of a physical disc.

    Discontinued

    Latest Release: 2007-04-02

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