How to Create an ISO with Daemon Tools
Daemon Tools is a popular drive emulator, meaning it provides the ability to create ‘virtual’ drives upon which disc image files can be mounted and accessed in the same way as a real, physical disc in a drive.
Daemon Tools has, for many years, been known as one of the best virtual drive tools, and recent versions of the application have also provided the ability to create ISO files from your physical media. This makes Daemon Tools a good choice for a complete end-to-end solution for all your backup needs.
To learn how to use Daemon Tools to create image files from your CDs and DVDs, just follow the steps in our simple guide below.
Daemon Tools runs in the background once it has been installed. Right-click the tray icon on the right of the task bar and select Daemon Tools Panel.
In the window that opens, select Disc Imaging. Insert the CD or DVD you want to create an image of into your CD/DVD drive.
In the Device dropdown menu, ensure the correct source is selected (the drive containing the disc to be imaged). Select a Reading Speed (slower takes longer but reduces the risk of errors in the imaging process).
In the Destination image file field, select the destination and filename of the image file, and ensure the output type is ISO.
Click Start to begin. Daemon Tools analyses the physical media and creates an image of it in the destination selected in Step 5. The completion time depends on various factors: amount of data being copied, selected read speed and your system specifications.
When the process has completed, the ISO file will be available in the specified destination folder. This can now be mounted to a virtual drive, using applications such as Daemon Tools, or alternatively burned to a new disc.
Tips & Advice
- Once the ISO file has been created, you can mount the image on to a virtual drive. This tricks your computer into thinking a physical drive containing a real disc is connected, and Daemon Tools offers this functionality.