How to Mount a Virtual Drive Disk Image


A disk image is a virtual copy of a CD or DVD that you store on your hard drive. A virtual disk drive eliminates the need to change the disk to run games or programs, since many programs require the original disk to run. You can create up to 20 virtual drives on your computer, allowing you to mount multiple disks at once. When you have a virtual disk drive image, you need to use a mounting program to utilize it. Many free options include Virtual CloneDrive, Magic Disk and Daemon Tools Lite.

Virtual CloneDrive

  • Download and install Virtual CloneDrive, following the on-screen prompts. It is a small download at only 1.5 MB. It supports file types including ISO, BIN, IMG, CCD and UDF.

  • Click "Settings" and select the number of virtual drives. It has a limit of 15 drives.

  • Click the Virtual CloneDrive icon in the system tray and click "Browse" to select a disk image to mount. You can also double-click the virtual image and select to open it with Virtual CloneDrive.

Magic Disc

  • Download and install MagicDisc. It is 1.38 MB and supports a multitude of file types including BIN, IMG, MDF, VCD, VDI and PDI.

  • Right-click Magic Disc in your taskbar and set the number of drives. It has a limit of 15. Click "Virtual CD/DVD-ROM" and select a specific drive to mount.

  • Browse to your image and double-click it to mount. Magic Disc is ideal for simplicity because it automatically detects images on your computer after you install it. You can also modify the options to allow it to auto-mount images after you restart your computer.

Daemon Tools Lite

  • Download Daemon Tools Lite and install it in your system using the on-screen prompts. It is the largest of the three programs at a size of 7.3 MB. It supports image formats including CCD, CDI, CUE, ISO, MDS, NRG and ISZ.

  • Right-click the "Daemon Tools Lite" icon in the taskbar and select "Virtual CD/DVD-ROM." Click the virtual drive and browse to your selected disk image.

  • Mount future images the same way, except find them easier since Daemon Tools keeps a catalog of your previously mounted images.

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