ISO Files under Vista

Vista has many new features over XP. However, the ability to manipulate ISO files is still missing. If you buy a system pre-installed with Vista, it probably has some 3rd party utilities for burning ISO files to CD/DVD. If you are like me who upgrade to Vista by myself, you are out of luck.

There are two free utilities that are very useful. The first is ISO Recorder V3 . It not only burns the ISO image to CD/DVD, it can also create ISO image file from CD/DVD. It’s really indispensable if you frequently download ISO image files and burn them to CD/DVD.

There are some cases where you only want to see what’s on the ISO image and you don’t want to burn it yet. It would be nice if you can view the files before you decide to burn the image to CD/DVD. The second utility does just that. It’s called Virtual CloneDrive . After installation, it creates a virtual drive on your machine. You can then mount the image onto the virtual drive. It’s pretty neat.

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  1. For burning ISO files, ImgBurn is a fantastic, free program. You can not preview the files, however, so you will still need Virtual CloneDrive, but ImgBurn is definitely my preference for burning.

  2. Very Nice! I’ve been using Nero Ultra7 and was more than a bit ticked off that it had been hyped as Vista Compatible after I found that Image Drive – their version of clone drive, did not load under Vista home basic (32bit). All the other components, that I have used thus far, at least, are otherwise working. I had asked Nero support if a Vista solution for Image drive was in the works. The answer was non-committal. We had several disc backups in iso format which files were needed from (built from Nero but couldn’t retrieve without burning to DVD first). Clone Drive solved the problem nicely without having to burn the ISO file to DVD and then retrieve the files.

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