How to Mount Image Files with Daemon Tools Lite
Daemon Tools is the original standard in Windows drive emulation, allowing the fast and pain-free mounting of disk image files onto virtual drives, in just a few clicks, without the need for burning to CD or DVD.
There are no drawbacks to mounting image files - as far as the computer is concerned, it is reading an actual physical disk. There are numerous benefits to mounting disk image files to virtual drives over burning physical media, however:
• DVDs and CDs are not exactly environmentally friendly, especially for single-use applications which are never again needed.
• Virtual drives with mounted disk images can never be scratched or damaged.
• Disk images can be mounted much quicker than physical media can be located.
• Virtual drives are much easier to mount and make available over Virtual Private Networks.
There are a number of disk-mounting solutions available on the internet, but Daemon Tools was one of the first, and is consequently very well respected. It is available in a Lite version, which offers full mounting capabilities – just follow the steps below to learn how to do this.
Download Daemon Tools from the URL provided and double-click the installation file to commence the installation process. Follow the on-screen prompts, and be sure to uncheck any additional installation components (Daemon Tools Lite is sponsored by adware).
After installation is completed, launch Daemon Tools Lite.
Locate the Daemon Tools tray icon on the right hand side of the Windows taskbar. Right-click to display the quick access menu, and choose Mount And Drive Manager.
Click Add SCSI Virtual Drive. This creates a virtual drive within Daemon Tools, but to begin with it is empty.
Locate the Daemon Tools tray icon again and right-click to display the quick access menu, and choose Mount Image.
Locate the disk image file on your hard drive (usually this will be either ISO or NRG format) and double-click to mount it.
The disk image is now available on a virtual drive and can be accessed/launched (depending on its contents) through the Computer option in Windows, or by using the right-click tray icon menu in Daemon Tools Lite.
Tips & Advice
- To get the most of a disk mounting application such as Daemon Tools Lite, create ISO/NRG images (see the article Nero: How to Create an ISO) of your most commonly used physical media disks and store them on your hard drive for easy access.
This saves wear and tear on your most important disks, and the originals can then be used as the back-up.