Virtual CD-ROM

By Deane Barker on June 12, 2006

Mount an .ISO file without burning a disk: This would come in handy. I find myself extracting ISOs to disk a lot.

A small Windows utility called the Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel can mount an .ISO disk image and access the files on it as if it were burned to CD or DVD.



  1. I prefer Alcohol 120%, personally, but the problem is that it’s a pay program and it’s not exactly small. But it does support more formats than .ISO and it has other pretty features that come in handy.

  2. Sounds an awful lot like disk images on OS X, which is supported directly by the OS. That sort of thing has been around on the Mac since… oh, 1998 or earlier. I kinda assumed that Windows could do that also… No?

    A disk image, created from a folder on the hard drive or any removable disk, can be mounted on the desktop and appear just like a removable disk. They can be read-only or read/write.

  3. This is nothing new. It’s been a part of Power Tools for years.

    Handy? Yes. New? No.

    Dave — don’t forget that Linux had it way before OS X. Keep your ego in check, many OS X fanboys are switching to Ubuntu.

    All my boxes, save one, are Macs. The one is a gray box running Ubuntu.

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