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mount multiple isoI deal with lots of ISO images, for installing operating systems, service pack updates and programs. Some of my tools reside in ISO images as well. I used to burn all my disks and bring them where they had to go.

In case you’re one of the readers who don’t know what an ISO image is, it’s an archive file, a bit like ZIP or RAR, but it’s uncompressed. In order to open and read the ISO archive it needs to be mounted.

Now with ISODisk I can mount my ISO images from the network as a drive letter. I can share them out over the network with others or run them locally on a machine without having to burn the image.

I know you are saying to yourself that lots of programs can mount ISO’s to your Windows machine, and almost every other application can rip ISO’s now. How is this application different?

I am glad you asked!

ISODisk stands out in my book because it will let mount multiple iso images on the same machine. So if I have 10 images I am going to need access to, I can load ISODisk and mount all my images and share them out. Now I have full access to all of them from any networked machine!

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Let’s take a look at ISODisk.

You first go to ISODisk and download the 52KB installer. After it is installed you will need to reboot to get the CD driver mojo working. After you reboot, fire up ISODisk or simply right click on a ISO image.

This is the screen you will see on startup.

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And this tab allows you to easily rip a CD to an ISO.

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Let’s take a look at how easy it is to mount an image. I click on the Mount ISO Image as Visual Disk and hit the folder icon and browse for my ISO. I can also right click on an ISO anywhere on my network and mount it like so:

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I choose my XP SP3 made from Nlite and right clicked choosing the new context menu option – Load into new emulated drive. My file was on the F:\ drive of it’s local machine so it made me an F:\ drive with my files in it.

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Within seconds I had this pop up and it was ready to install!

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And if I browse on over to My Computer I have a new F:\ drive as you can see below:

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Notice that it comes up as a CD-Drive. This is awesome for some programs that require you to have the disk in the drive.

Now let’s take a look at how ridiculously easy it is to rip a CD (or rip multiple CDs) to a ISO using our free little application.

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We click back on over to the Create ISO Image from CD-Rom tab and choose the drive from the drop down menu. When you made your selection hit the floppy disk icon and select a location to save your ISO.

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Type in the ISO’s new file name and hit Open. It will begin to rip it. And that’s it! Easy as 1-2-3!

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Do you have a favorite ISO tool that you would like to share with us? Maybe some other app to multiple ISO images or rip CDs? Put us on in the comments guys and gals!

  1. Jual DVD
    October 31, 2009 at 6:31 am

    I use Gizmo Drive . It's free n also rock.. ;)
    Here is the link about Gizmo Drive,

    techsupportalert.com/best-free-cd-emulator.htm#Gizmo-Drive

  2. sssss
    August 13, 2009 at 10:59 am

    does this work with protected cds and doesn't make the iso messed up?

  3. shokti
    July 31, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I Use magicISO's magicDisc(magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-magicdisc-overview.htm). yes it's free.

  4. Olaf
    March 18, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Thanks for this great tool. I find it more interesting than Alcohol 52, because it allocates a drive letter only when you mount an iso (and it is also a lot more lightweight).
    The only problem is that I can't seem to have the option to mount an iso directly from the rick click menu. ISODisk has no option and it doesn't work only by passing the filename by commandline. Am I missing something ?

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      March 18, 2009 at 8:54 am

      Hmmm I got the right click menu in Windows XP SP3 - what OS are you running?

      • Olaf
        March 18, 2009 at 1:45 pm

        I have XP SP3 too. I tried to uninstall Alcohol and every program related to ISO files, then reinstall and reboot multiple times, but the result is always the same...
        The thing that bugs me is that a google search about that right click option returns only results about Roxio softwares. Are you sure it's an ISODisk option ?
        Anyway thanks for the answer, I will probably contact the author about that.

  5. Michael the Dumb Tech Geek
    March 16, 2009 at 6:54 am

    I use Alcohol 120 on my XP laptop and Alcohol 52 on my Vista. Works like a charm, though I did have a friend with a 64-bit machine that had problems running either of them.
    Alcohol 52 can make disc images, so I don't have to fiddle with swapping game discs. I think it can have up to 10 virtual drives at a time. I also use this to watch backed-up DVDs in Media Center. w00t!

  6. bott
    March 14, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Pismo File mounter; no drivers, light install, and no reboot necesarry. Perfect for servers where you don't want extra junk.

    Mount ISO as a folder or as a drive letter.

    http://www.pismotechnic.com/download/

    try it and love it.

  7. Georges
    March 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    That is a great tool! It seems as simple as the tool that I use, only it has the advantage of multiple CD mounts at the same time.

    I personally use IMDisk for 1 reason: I can install it via a script, and I can use it with the CLI, which makes it really cool for my labs where I need to mount a bunch of CD images, I just call the IMDisk mount function, and voila, my disks are mounted. it's quite a beautiful thing. I wrote an article about the CLI piece of on my blog:

  8. Mark O'Neill
    March 14, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    For some reason, I couldn't get part of this to work.

    I wanted to install Microsoft Office 2003 on a netbook that I bought a couple of weeks ago. Since the netbook doesn't have a disk reader, I wanted to make an ISO image of the files. So I used ISODisk to make the ISO image (which worked perfectly) but for some reason I couldn't get it to mount the ISO file afterwards. My Windows Explorer also didn't have that right-click menu option.

    In the end, I turned to Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel which worked instantly. Some people have criticised it but I don't have anything bad to say about it since it got the job done right away.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      March 18, 2009 at 8:53 am

      Mark - Did you reboot when it prompted you to after install? Also what operating system were you using on the netbook?

  9. Dylan
    March 14, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I prefer DAEMON Tools Lite. Then again, I don't really need more than four virtual drives at once.

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