How to Mount ISO Files

Updated March 23, 2017

ISO files are disk image files formatted on an ISO-9600 standard. ISO files are duplicate copies of data from a CD or a DVD disc. People use ISO files to backup or store CDs and DVDS since all of the data on the discs are the exact copies, which they can restore by mounting the ISO on a virtual drive. Mounting an ISO file is similar to inserting a physical CD or DVD into a CD-ROM drive. You can mount ISO files by downloading disk utility software online.

Download and install Daemon Tools Lite.

Reboot your computer to complete installation.

Click the arrow icon at bottom of your screen. Click the blue lightning icon and then click "Device 0: [F:] No Media." A folder window appears allowing you to search for your ISO image on your hard drive.

Load an ISO file from your hard drive and then click "Open." The ISO image is mounted and you can open Windows Explorer to view the ISO file.

Download ISODisk from Click "Download" to download ISODisk.

Install and then launch ISODisk. Launch ISODisk on your desktop by double-clicking the ISODisk icon.

Click the "Folder" icon by "Disk A" to load an ISO and then click "Open."

Click "Mount ISO Image as Virtual Disk" at the top of ISO Disk to mount ISO files.

Download and install MagicDisc.

Click arrow icon on your system tray to find MagicDisc icon. MagicDisc icon is a freeware utility designed for creating and managing virtual CD drives and CD/DVD discs.

Right-click the MagicDisc icon in the systray. A list of options appear.

Click "Virtual CD/DVD-ROM > No Media > Mount" to locate an ISO on your hard drive.

Click "OK" to mount ISO file.

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Alizarin Black has been a professional freelance writer since 2009. Black writes on various topics including computer hardware and software, video games and electronics. He has been published in "Clarksworld Magazine" for his science fiction. Black has a bachelor's degree in video-game design from the University of Phoenix.