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The original idea khổng lồ create an exact copy of a CD-ROM disc và place the data into a file which can be stored on a hard drive or USB flash drive was a great invention. This made it possible to store collections or backups of your important optical truyền thông in one location. These files, which can also store a copy of DVD or Blu-ray media, are more commonly known as ISO images. Even Microsoft utilizes ISO image files và the Windows install DVD is these days distributed as an ISO.ISO image files can easily be created using software such as WinX DVD Ripper, all you need is a ROM drive và an optical disc. Or they can be downloaded from the internet. Once you have the file, there are several things you can vị with it. The ISO can be burned lớn a CD or DVD lớn create a copy of the original disc. It can also be written to a USB flash drive khổng lồ install something like Windows or Linux faster. Another option is using a program to lớn make the ISO image behave lượt thích a real disc. This allows you khổng lồ install software, read or play the disc contents lượt thích it was physically inserted into your computer.

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This is known as virtual drive software because the drive isn’t real and it just emulates a real optical drive. The ISO image is then mounted lớn the virtual drive lớn create a virtual disc. Windows 10 has basic ISO mounting built in but here we list 10 free virtual drive emulators that you can use lớn mount ISO images & other types of disc images so they behave lượt thích real discs. All tools were tested in Windows 10 & 7 64-bit.


1. Virtual CloneDrive

Virtual CloneDrive has been around since 2005 and the company behind it, Elaborate Bytes, are the same people behind the famous CloneDVD and CloneBD ripping software. It hasn’t been updated in the last few years & the latest version is from 2016. Virtual CloneDrive is still fully compatible with Windows 10 though.

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Several different image tệp tin formats to mount a virtual disc are supported and up to lớn 15 virtual drives are allowed at the same time. An image tệp tin can be mounted by double clicking on it or right clicking on the tray icon và selecting Mount. The tray icon menu has an option to unmount each active drive as well as a recent history menu of files that can be mounted at the click of a button.

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2. DVDFab Virtual Drive

Many users that lượt thích ripping và converting truyền thông media will know of DVDFab và its shareware software. Virtual Drive is one of a few standalone free tools that are also found in their flagship DVDFab Suite.

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Virtual Drive has tư vấn for up to 18 virtual drives at once from 8 different types of disc image. One of those image types is the .Miniso DVD/Blu-Ray format that allows you khổng lồ mount a DVD or Blu-ray ISO image or folder so it can be played in a truyền thông player like PowerDVD. Most functions are accessed via the tray icon thực đơn but other options lượt thích changing the drive icons, Windows integration & hotkeys can be changed in the Settings window.

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3. WinCDEmu

WinCDEmu is an xuất hiện source tool that’s been around for over a decade. Sadly, it doesn’t seem khổng lồ be actively developed anymore but all recent operating systems are fully compatible. A portable WinCDEmu is also available but it’s still on version 4.0 whereas the installer version is 4.1.

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After install, all you need to vì chưng is to lớn double click on an ISO file to automatically mount it to a drive letter. Khổng lồ not be asked which drive letter lớn use, check the “Manage drive letters automatically” box. If you want lớn unmount, just right click on the drive in Explorer & select Eject. WinCDEmu has a simple option to create an ISO from a CD/DVD or Blu-Ray disc, just right click on the drive in Explorer and select “Create an ISO Image”. A useful option for administrators is the requirement of admin rights to lớn mount an ISO image.

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4. Alcohol Portable

Alcohol Soft released a không tính phí for personal use version of their software in 2015 called Alcohol Portable. Apart from installing a system service và driver while running, Alcohol Portable is a standalone executable that can be launched from anywhere.

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The maximum number of mounted virtual drives is four and it accepts around a dozen different disc image formats. Just drop an ISO onto the upper part of the window và it will mount automatically. Right click on a virtual drive to unmount, mount another ISO or change the drive letter. A danh mục of image files can be added in the lower half of the window for quick access. If you have finished with Alcohol Portable, click tệp tin > “Exit + Remove Device Driver & Service” lớn remove it from the system completely.

While the không lấy phí version of Alcohol 52% is still available lớn install, we’d recommend against using it. Crapware called Smart file Advisor gets installed alongside Alcohol, you cannot deselect it during install & it cannot be uninstalled without removing Alcohol as well.

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5. Daemon Tools Lite

Long time PC users might remember Daemon Tools used khổng lồ be the go khổng lồ software for mounting protected disc images. Since then, it has changed a lot. The free Lite version has many disabled features along with adware và upgrade nags during install. We’re not sure if the Mountspace statistics function is still used but it’s worth disabling usage statistics during install just in case. Make sure to select “Free License” during install or you’ll get a trial of the paid version.

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Daemon Tools is still a capable virtual disc program. The number of supported image formats lớn mount ISOs is around 20 và you can also create an image from a physical CD, DVD or Blu-Ray disc. Up to three normal virtual drives are supported but the SCSI option which can emulate disc protections is now disabled. A feature which some might find useful is Catch! which allows sharing of images over your local network.