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Old 08-01-2011, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Chicago Area
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It's a bit odd asking for help since I actually work in IT, but I'm running into issues with ISO format files. Apparently, the best way to to copy the contents of one of your DVD's is to create an ISO file as a backup. But you can't play ISO's from your computer. You either have to burn them back onto a DVD or you have to find a way to get your computer to view the ISO as a DVD by creating a virtual drive (which I've never managed to get to work.)

Long and short of it: I now have a bunch of ISO files. Every burner program I've tried fails to create a playable DVD. And I've yet to find a virtual drive program with which I can play the ISO files either. My budget for this is $0 so I need to find something in freeware that will do this for me. And since I've had no success with freeware programs thus far, I'm much less inclined to pay for any software (when we have money again) -- odds are a I pay for the program and it doesn't create playable DVD's or virtual drives. So now what?
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:11 AM
 
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I use imgburn for burning iso.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Chicago Area
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I use imgburn for burning iso.
Giving it a try. Do I use "Burn Current Compilation" or "Write the contents of a disk image"? The program comes up as InfraRecorder, hope that's the right one. (Sometimes sites like to redirect you to something you didn't want.)
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:07 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Interesting question, which I like to answer with another question.
If *you* made the back ups, in an ISO format, why do you now ask how to *read* them again ??
If *you* made the copies/back-ups, then where are the originals ?
What did you use to make the ISO files in the first place ?
Can you tell us how ?

Google for ISO, and you can find several ways how to *deal* with them !
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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Just about every CD burning program should have an image burning/disc copy function. For mounting ISO's as virtual drives in Windows (Macs have this built in), I use Daemon Tools, which I'm pretty sure is free.
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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Daemon tools yes, they have a mounting program for free.
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Old 08-01-2011, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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IIRC, when Windows 7 first came out there wasn't a free version of Daemon Tools that was compatible. I switched to Virtual CloneDrive for ISO mounting and have been using it ever since.
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Old 08-01-2011, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:50 PM
 
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That one gets my vote
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:19 PM
 
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odds are a I pay for the program and it doesn't create playable DVD's.....
Might be other issues here, doesn't play in computer drive or standalone drive?
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