How to Join MDF Files

Written by d. wright
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Joining MDF (a CD image) files together may seem complicated, and in fact it can be. While there is no simple way to "join" the files together and create one larger MDF file, there is a way to join the contents of the MDF files into a single ISO file. This new ISO file will be smaller than the contents of the combined MDF files and is a more universal disc image than a MDF file.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • ImgBurn (optional)
  • PowerISO (optional)
  • MagicISO (optional)

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Instructions

    ImgBurn

  1. 1

    Right-click on your desktop and select "New" and select "New Folder." Right-click on the folder and select "Rename" and rename the folder anything you want (e.g., merged .MDF files).

  2. 2

    Drag the MDF files you want to join into the newly created folder.

  3. 3

    Open "ImgBurn" and select "Create image file from files/folders." Click the Windows Explorer icon and select your newly created folder. Once you have selected it, click the "Build" icon and wait for the building process to complete. You will now have all your MDF files joined together in a much more convenient ISO file.

    PowerISO

  1. 1

    Right-click the desktop and click "New" and select "New Folder." Right-click the folder and select "Rename." Rename the folder to anything you want (e.g. merged .MDF files).

  2. 2

    Drag the .MDF files you want to join into the newly created folder.

  3. 3

    Open "PowerISO" and click "New" on the toolbar. Chose the "Add" button on the toolbar to add the folder that contains the contents of the MDF files. Choose "Action" and click "Change Label" to name the file whatever you want it to be. Select "File" and then choose "Properties" to change properties about the ISO if you want to do so. (If you do not know what the properties mean, do not change them.) Finally, click "Save" on the toolbar to join the contents of your MDF files to an ISO file.

    MagicISO

  1. 1

    Right-click on your desktop and select "New" and click "New Folder." Right-click the folder and choose "Rename." Rename the folder to anything you want (e.g., "merged .MDF files").

  2. 2

    Drag the .MDF files you want to join into your newly created folder.

  3. 3

    Open "MagicISO" and click "File" and select "Data CD/DVD Image." On the bottom-left of the program you will see the directories of your computer. Click "Desktop" and click the folder you created previously. Drag the folder into the ISO panel (the small windowed screen at the top). Click the floppy disk button on the top toolbar to save your ISO file. Once saving is complete, you will now have the contents of your MDF files joined into one file.

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