Here is a free Virtual drive software list to help windows user mounts ISO Image as virtual drive on their windows system.
What is ISO image actually ?
An ISO images is actually an archive file or known as a disk images and typically has a file extension of .iso.
ISO files are typically created through an application that will open, create, edit, and extract CD or DVD image files, then convert the extracted image to an .ISO file, easily allowing users to burn an exact copy of the original onto CD or DVD using a CD DVD burning software that support ISO Image burning features.
ISO is not the only one of its kind. There are others, each created by a disk manufacturer and his competitor. Some others you may have come across include – img, bin, mdf, mds etc.
There are several easy ways to read with these ISO files:
- Most people will directly burn ISO Images to a CD/DVD before using them.
- You can open them like an archive (remember they are uncompressed archives) using archive tools like WinRAR.
- You can mount them and treat it like a virtual drive.
So, we will introduce some free Virtual ISO drive software to help windows user mounts ISO Image as virtual drive on windows system. it’s easy to mount an ISO file (or a disk for that matter) and use it as one would with a disk loaded in the CD tray.
Virtual ISO Images Software List:
Simple Windows virtual clone drive emulator software that supports all common images formats such as ISO, BIN, IMG, CCD, UDF, and DVD etc. It is easy to mount virtual drive by double-click an image file to mount as a drive from system tray. Plus more, Virtual CloneDrive can mount up to 15 virtual drives at the same time and.
Meanwhile, Virtual CloneDrive is supported by Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP/XP64/Vista/Vista64/Windows 7. It’s probably the best virtual drive software, Virtual CloneDrive allows you to enjoy the freedom of a virtual drive and is completely free.
This free virtual drive software is very helpful utility designed for creating and managing virtual CD drives and CD/DVD discs. It can open / create / edit /extract or mount image files as virtual drive, and it can convert bin to ISO back.
MagicDisc supports a large number of image formats like: BIN, IMA/IMG, CIF, NRG, IMG/CCD, MDF/MDS, VCD, VaporCD, P01/MD1/XA, VC4/000, VDI, C2D, BWI/BWT, CDI, TAO/DAO and PDI.
MagicDisc allows for the creation of 15 virtual drives and can also mount images on a networked machine. Mounting images is easy as the program also comes with an automatic image detection engine. MagicDisc can be set to auto-mount images after a reboot.
MagicDisc (v2.7.106) is supported by Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP /Vista/7.
DAEMON Tools Lite, another free virtual drive software that able to mount your physical discs into virtual drive or so called “disc image” files, which it can emulate up to 4 CD/DVD virtual drives on your PC.
Once selected a virtual drive then choose a disc image you want to mount. Then you will find the created virtual drive with mounted disc image in My Computer. Meanwhile, DAEMON Tools Lite supports a large number of image formats like –
b5t (BlindWrite images)/b6t (BlindWrite images)/bwt (BlindRead images)/ccd (CloneCD images)/cdi (DiscJuggler images)/cue (Cue sheets)/ iso (Standard ISO images)/mds (Media Descriptor Files)/nrg (Nero images)/ pdi (Instant CD/DVD images)/ isz (Compressed ISO images).
DAEMON Tools Lite (v4.30.4) is supported by Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP /Vista/7.
WinCDEmu is an open source virtual drive software that allows mounting CD/DVD images by clicking at the image files in Windows Explorer. Meanwhile, there are no limit for the number of simultaneously mounted images. To unmount an image, double-click the corresponding file in Explorer again, or simply eject the corresponding CD drive using the context menu.
However, WinCDEmu virtual drive software only supports both Windows XP and Vista. Meanwhile, new version 2.0 supports ISO, CUE, BIN/RAW/IMG file formats as well as SMB network shares.