Many times you want to watch DVD movie or install an application to your computer. Also some Games need it’s DVD while playing, educational DVD’s to which we have to always put in DVD tray. Then in this case you have to put physical DVD in the tray. Also we want to prevent DVD’s scratches by frequently uses. Some time we want to keep copy for backup purpose of important DVD’s. Above reasons are many but solution is one – use CD/DVD Emulation software.
Here is list of best free Software to mount ISO CD or DVD Image Files as Virtual Drives –
1) DAEMON Tools Lite
Daemon Tools Lite is a free tool that lets you create and burn simple disk images and add up to four virtual DVD drives to your system. These drives work just like a physical optical drive, which mounts most popular formats like .mdx, .mds/.mdf, .iso, .b5t, .b6t, .bwt, .ccd, .cdi, .bin/.cue, .ape/.cue, .flac/.cue, .nrg, .isz disc images to a virtual drive. You can create up to 4 virtual drives
You can download this software from here.
2) Gizmo Drive
Gizmo Drive is a good virtual device simulator which is available for free and supports up to 26 virtual drives. Gizmo Drive mounts almost any virtual hard drive you can throw at it, including ISO, BIN, CUE, and the new virtual hard drive (VHD) images supported in Windows 7. You can mount password protected images to a virtual hard drive and protect your important files and folders by using passphrase encrypted HD images.
You can download Gizmo Drive for free from here.
WinCDEmu is an open source CD/DVD emulator which supports unlimited amount of virtual drives.
WinCDEmu is a very simple yet handy one-click CD/DVD emulator that allows users to mount ISO images just by double clicking on the files in Windows Explorer. It support for Win32/Win64 platforms. With WinCDEmu you mount ISO, CUE, NRG, MDS/MDF, CCD, IMG images.
You can download WinCDEmu for free from here.
4) MagicDisc / MagicISO Maker
MagicDisc supports the mounting of a wide variety of images, including ISO, BIN, IMA/IMG, CIF, NRG, IMG/CCD, MDF/MDS, VCD, C2D, VDI, BWI/BWT, TAO/DAO, PDI, P01/MD1/XA, VaporCD, and compressed Universal Image Files (UIF). It can create up to 15 drives, and emulate audio CDs, VCDs, SVCDs, etc.
You can download MagicDisc from here.
5) Virtual Clone Drive
Virtual CloneDrive is also a freeware, easy to use, you need to just double-click an image file to mount as a drive. It supports all common image formats such as ISO, BIN, CCD and you can use up to 8 virtual drives at the same time.
You can download Virtual CloneDrive from here.