As with any other archive, an ISO image includes all the data of files contained on the archived CD/DVD, or any other disc format. They are stored in an uncompressed format. In addition to data of the files it also contains all the file system metadata, including boot code, structures, and attributes. ISO images do not support multi-track, thus they cannot be used for audio CDs, VCD, and hybrid audio CDs, which are usually ripped as audio files. However, for disks that contain a single track of data followed by tracks of audio, such as video game disks, the first track can be ripped as an ISO, and the rest as audio files.
These properties make it an attractive alternative to physical media for the distribution of software as it is simple to transfer over the Internet or via a LAN connection.
A valid ISO image is an uncompressed collection of various files merged into one single resulting file, according to definite and standard formatting.
The most important feature of an ISO image is that it can be easily rendered or "burned" to a DVD or CD by using media "authoring" or disc "burning" software. It can also be opened using archival applications such as 7-Zip file manager or the WinRAR shareware archiver. ISO burning is now typically a native feature of modern home and business computer operating systems.
Hybrid formats include the ability to be read by different devices, operating systems, or hardware. In the past, one example of this was a disc that supported both Windows and Macintosh from one image. One recent example is the release of hybrid ISO files which can be "booted" or started from both CD/DVD and USB flash drive devices when the image is written to either of these storage devices.
WinImage is a disk imaging application for Microsoft Windows created by Gilles Vollant Software. Its features include creating, reading and editing disk images and also opening VMware & Microsoft Virtual PC hard disk images. WinImage is able to mount an ISO image using the freeware FileDisk driver.
Some versions of WinImage bundle FileDisk, adisk emulator
AcetoneISO is a free software program to mount and manage image files. Its goals are to be simple, intuitive and stable. Written in Qt 4, this software is meant for all those people looking for a sort of Daemon Tools for Linux. However, AcetoneISO does not emulate any copy protection while mounting. AcetoneISO also supports Direct Access Archive (*.daa) images because it uses PowerISO Linux software as backend while converting images to ISO.It is free software released under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3.
- Does not emulate copy protection mount like Daemon Tools.
- Can't mount correctly a multi-sector image. Only the first track will be shown.
- Converting a multi-track image to ISO will result in a loss of data. Only first track will be converted.
- Image conversion to ISO is only possible on x86 and x86-64 CPU architecture due to PowerISOlimitations.
application used to create, open,mount / emulate, compress, encrypt, and otherwise manipulate CD / DVD image files. It is most commonly known for its proprietary DAA disc image format. Other supported formats include ISO, BIN,NRG, and CDI. PowerISO is able to modify all supported CD images formats, most notably ISO. The trial version cannot create or edit images greater than 300 megabytes, but can burn files of any size to disc. The maximum file size PowerISO can process is 256GB.Official PowerISO website
Active ISO File Manager
Magic ISO maker
ISO View-only software