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How Do I Mount an ISO Image

September 21, 2011  |  Difficulty: Easy

How to download and install Virtual CloneDrive and how to mount an ISO image

Sharing data electronically has traditionally been accomplished by copying data onto CDs and DVDs and then inserting them into an optical drive to access the data. Nowadays, it is much more convenient and accomplished by sending complete media stored as an ISO image file. Special software can “mount” the image in a virtual optical drive, which acts just like a physical device. Once the software is installed, then we can send the data electronically. Mounting software is available on a number of websites and is usually offered as freeware, Virtual CloneDrive is just one of those products. To install Virtual CloneDrive to mount an ISO image, follow the instructions below.

Instructions:

  1. Open your Internet browser, then enter and go to the web address www.slysoft.com
  2. In the left navigation bar, choose “Products > Virtual CloneDrive”.
  3. Click on the “Download” button
  4. On the next page, click on the "Virtual CloneDrive (Freeware)" button and save the file to any location in your computer.
  5. Locate the downloaded file and run the installer by double clicking on the file. If your operating system asks you for confirmation, click on the “Run” button.
  6. Read the “End User License Agreement” and once completed, click on the “I AGREE” button.
  7. On the next window, set your preferences and click on the “Next” button
  8. On the next page, click on the “Install” button.
  9. During the installation process, Windows® will find a new hardware device (this is the virtual optical drive), allow the installer to install it.
  10. When the installation process is complete, click on the “Finish” button.
  11. Now you can see the new device installed (next to DVD-ROM) and if you double-click on any *.ISO file, it will be mounted in this drive.

Tips and tricks:

  • You can install more virtual drives simply by going into the settings of Virtual CloneDrive, and then in the “Settings” tab, change the number in “Number of Drives” dropdown.

Warnings:

These are the system requirements for using Virtual CloneDrive:

  • An IBM®-compatible personal computer with a minimum of 500 MHz Pentium®-class microprocessor (1 GHz recommended) and 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
  • Operating system requirements: Windows® 98, Windows® ME, Windows® 2000, Windows® XP, Windows Vista® or Windows® 7 (32 or 64 bit)
  • If you use Windows® 2000 or Windows® XP, you must be an administrator to install Virtual CloneDrive

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