Windows® 7 Mounting ISO files
What are ISO files? What are the ways of managing ISO files?
An ISO file is like a disk image. Simply put, it is like a zip file, which hasn’t been compressed. Its an archive file of a disk image, meeting the standards specified by the International Standards Organization, and hence the abbreviation, ISO. The file extension of such files are ‘.iso’.There are few methods of dealing with these files. Firstly, by burning the ISO file to a disk. Secondly, by treating it like an archive. And thirdly, by mounting the ISO file. Discussed below are ways of managing Windows 7 ISO files and tips for them:
- Create and Burn an ISO image
- Ways of mounting ISO files on Windows 7
- Tips for mounting files
Create and Burn an ISO image
For creating an ISO image, software like Folder2Iso can be used. It is a freeware which helps in creating an ISO image from any folder. It is not compulsory to install it as it is a very small software which can be directly downloaded and run. For burning an ISO image Active@ ISO Burner is used. This reads all the ISO files, translates and breaks them and then burns them.
Ways of mounting ISO files on Windows 7
It is not compulsory that all software which work on Windows XP and Windows Vista will also work on the Windows 7 platform. For mounting an ISO image, PowerISO is used. It is a freeware too. Another way of mounting ISO files on Windows 7 is by Virtual CloneDrive. Once you have downloaded it, you need to restart the system. After this go to your ‘Explorer' and click on the CD-ROM and then go to Virtual CloneDrive. Choose the directory where you have stored your ISO files. This will help you in mounting your ISO files.
Tips for mounting files
To be careful while mounting ISO files, you should install or download files carefully and from trusted sources. You also need to correctly choose all the destinations where the files are stored. You should also be careful about choosing the right type of software for handling ISO files as not all software are compatible with all versions of Windows.
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