How to Mount an Image with Alcohol 120%
Alcohol 120% is similar to PowerISO in that it provides an end-to-end backup solution – ISO image files can be created from your master DVDs, and then either burned to replacement DVDs if the originals are later lost or damaged, or “mounted” on a virtual drive. This dual-functionality completely eliminates the need to use multiple programs, as Alcohol 120% (like PowerISO) handles all of these tasks with great ease.
Creating image files from discs, and then mounting them virtually (as opposed to burning them to physical media) is an environmentally sound approach to data backup, as well as being faster, consuming less physical space and providing greater accessibility over networks.
To learn how to create a virtual drive and then mount an ISO image file using Alcohol 120%, just follow the steps below.
Once Alcohol 120% has been downloaded and installed, launch the application from the Start menu or desktop shortcut. The main application window is displayed.
Firstly, in the left hand options section, select Virtual Drive. The options window is displayed.
Alcohol 120% can create up to 6 virtual drives simultaneously (31 in the full version), but for the purposes of this demonstration, we just need one (this is the default option).
Optionally, select Remount images upon system reboot if you want the virtual drive to remain available after Windows is restarted.
Optionally, select Drive Letter and designate a letter to the virtual drive (Alcohol 120% will by default add the next available letter here). Click OK to enable the virtual drive.
The virtual drive should now be visible in your list of drives within Windows (select Computer from the Start menu). The next step is to mount it with an image file.
Right-click the virtual drive from within the Alcohol 120% application window and select Mount Image. An explorer window is displayed.
Locate the ISO or other image file on your hard drive and click Open.
The image file is mounted to the virtual drive created in step 4. You can now explore the contents of the disc in Windows Explorer, as if it were a physical one – your computer has been tricked into thinking the drive and disc are real.
Tips & Advice
- The free version of Alcohol 120%, called Alcohol 52%, contains a mandatory toolbar add-on for Internet Explorer. If the idea of this doesn’t appeal to you, then consider PowerISO, which contains the same functionality with no caveats.