Posted by: paragon | January 21, 2009

Free ISO Burning Software

ISO Recorder by Alex Feinman

A longtime favorite of mine, I’ve been using it since Windows XP came out.

ISO Recorder has been conceived during Windows XP beta program, when Microsoft for the first time started distributing new OS builds as ISO images. Even though the new OS had CD-burning support (by Roxio), it did not have an ability to record an image. ISO Recorder has filled this need and has been one of the popular Windows downloads ever since. With an advent of Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2003 the version 2 of ISO Recorder has been released, which introduced some new features including ISO image creation and support for non-admin user.

Currently in V3 RC1 phase (as of June 2007), ISO Recorder supports Windows Vista. Hopefully it will be soon released in its final version (if you happen to know it already did please send me a note by using the Feedback page)

Note: As some readers correctly said, while a fantastic tool by itself, ISO Recorder by Alex Feinman will allow you to burn any ISO file to CD, and NOT mount it by its own.

ISO Recorder
http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm

Virtual CloneDrive

Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. ISO image can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive. It works very nicely!

Some of the features included in Virtual CloneDrive are:

  • Supports all common image formats such as ISO, BIN, CCD
  • Supports up to 8 virtual drives at the same time
  • Easy to use – just double-click an image file to mount as a drive

SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive
http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.htm

MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM (MagicDisc)

Like the previous listed tools, MagicDisc is freeware. It is a helpful utility designed for creating and managing virtual CD drives and CD/DVD discs. MagicDisc allows you to use almost all CD/DVD image file type without burning them onto CD or DVD in order to easily access your favorite games, music, or software programs.

MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM (MagicDisc)
http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-magicdisc-overview.htm

Daemon Tools

Daemon Tools used to be my favorite, but that stopped being true the moment they began to insert spyware and other crap into their software. Although they *claim* they do not force you to accept the “optional software offers” when installing Daemon Tools, I do not trust them anymore and therefore will not even post a link to their site. The reason I did mention them was because with their latest version, they now fully support Vista (32-bit and 64-bit versions).

If you must, Google them and download the software. Be warned, you might compromise your system by installing it on your computer.

 

Note: As usual, if you happen to know of other, good, and most importantly – freeware – tools for mounting .ISO files on Vista

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