Mount Zip Files and CD/DVD Images with Pismo File Mount
Pismo File Mount allows you to mount ZIP files and CD images as folders. The files can be mounted ‘read-only’ or as ‘read write’ files. You can thus access the content without having to burn CD’s or extract a zip folder. This can also be useful if you want to preserve your CD/DVD media but still be able to access their content. Pismo File mount offers a lot many features besides these. Let’s have a look:
Mount Zip files as Folders
Pismo provides you the ability to mount most zip files as folders. Not only can you read the files that are contained in the zip file but you can also execute any executable file that might be contained in the zip file. This is made possible by the zip file reader included with Pismo.
However, what this also means is that currently you cannot write back to the zip files if you wanted to.
Mount CD and DVD images
Pismo File Mount also allows you to mount common CD or DVD image formats like ISO, DAA and others as a virtual folder. You can then access the CD/DVD image file just like you would access the contents of a CD when you insert it in the CD drive. At mount time you are presented with a number of options to fine tune the visibility and access of files.
Encrypted Private Folders
Pismo File Mount then allows you to create encrypted private folders. The contents of these folders are kept in an encrypted, compressed .PFO container. Click on File > New Private Folder , specify a password and that is all that is required to create a private folder for your sensitive data. You will have to mount the encrypted folder to access its contents, then you will be asked for the password you provided to authorize the access to your sensitive data.
Private Folders are not bound to a single system or user login and can be freely copied and moved between systems while locked just like normal folders.
Map folders to drives
You can also map the folders you mount with Pismo File Mount to drive letters for easy access. This feature however requires administrator privileges. Pismo File Mount chooses the drive letter automatically or you can choose an unused letter from the drop down menu. Also check out this alternative method to achieve similar results.
Download / Install
You can download Pismo File Mount here. The download is only 928 KB for the Audit Package build 047. Installation is simple, fast and clean. You should be ready to use this baby in under a minute!
Pismo File Mount is a very nice app. Now there is no need to unzip those zip files to access the contents, Virtually mounting CD/DVD images is great as well but the ability to maintain private folders is a killer!
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