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Tools for Creating ISO images from CD, Creating Bootable CD's and Virtual Floppy Disks

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Many of you have been asking how you can create ISO images from CD's, Virtual Floppy Images from floppy disks and create you own bootable CD's....

Firstly, what is an ISO image? An ISO image file is an image of a CD-ROM disk saved in ISO 9660 format. ISO image files are widely used to store CD content of program (installation) as well as data CD's. ISO is a common CD image format for DOS, Windows (Joliet ISO extension) and other operating systems.

Tools for creating ISO images from a CD:

There are a number of tools available for creating ISO images from removable media such as CD's, DVD's, USB keys etc. Here is a selection of ones I have used (in no particular order and noting that some are purchased products):

Undisker: http://www.undisker.com/index.html (creates and extracts ISO images)

WinImage: http://www.winimage.com/ (also creates Floppy Images for Virtual Server / VPC)

WinISO: http://www.winiso.com/ (creates and extracts ISO images, including CD boot sectors)

ISOBuster: http://www.smart-projects.net/isobuster/ (creates and extracts ISO images, including CD boot sectors)

Deep Burner: http://www.deepburner.com/ (creates and burns ISO images)

Magic ISO: http://www.magiciso.com/ (creates, extracts and burns ISO images, including CD boot sectors)

Ultra ISO: http://www.ezbsystems.com/ultraiso/ (creates and extracts ISO images, including CD boot sectors)

I could go on and on and on. However, my favourite is and has been for a while WinISO.

Tools for burning ISO Images to CD/DVD.

Nero: http://www.ahead.de (burns ISO images directly to CD/DVD, including adding boot images) - Slipstreamed tutorial for XP SP2 (can be followed for Server 2003 SP1): http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstream_nero_procedure.htm

Easy CD/DVD Creator (now MediaCreator): http://www.roxio.com Slipstreamed tutorial for XP SP2 (can be followed for Server 2003 SP1): http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstream_roxio6_procedure.htm

Magic ISO: http://www.magiciso.com/ (creates, extracts and burns ISO images, including CD boot sectors) -creating bootable cd tutorial: http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-bootwizard.htm

Cute CD/DVD burner: http://www.silvereaglesoft.com/CCDB.htm (easy way to burn ISO images and cheap!)

..again I could go on!

Tools for creating Floppy Images for Virtual PC / Server (.vfd):

WinImage: http://www.winimage.com/ (also creates Floppy Images for Virtual Server / VPC

Please let me know if you have found other tools you would like to recommend.

Please note I do not support these tools. Please refer to manufacturers sites for assistance.

Enjoy!

Comments
  • dd if=/dev/cdrom of=foo.iso

    Unix > Windows.

  • good posting - terrific info..
    thanks!

  • So there's nothing bundled into Windows XP to let me do this? I have to use a third party utility?

    I'm very concerned. I've heard that on the Mac and on Linux this functionality is part of the OS distribution.

  • You might also want to have a look at the excellent "ISO Recorder Power Toys" by Alex Feinman - find it here:

    http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm

    Allows ISO operations integrated into Windows Explorer (from a context menu). Highly recommended!

  • Excellent list! Thanks for pulling that together!

  • You forget the excellent LC ISO Creator. Very small download (14KB) and freeware!

    http://www.lucersoft.com/freeware.php

  • A tool for editing Floppy Images (.vfd) - http://chitchat.at.infoseek.co.jp/vmware/vfd.html.

  • The windows xp resource kit (I believe) comes with cdburn and dvdburn which are command line programs to burn an iso image to the drive.

  • What about creating an ISO from .NET - any recommendations other than Nero?

  • DeepBurner Pro is MUCH better than DeepBurner (which is a freeware). And you can get it for less than 20 bucks if you do some shopping - Froogle, PriceGrabber, Deprice. This is where I got mine at 10% off
    http://www.deprice.com/deepburnerpropersonal.htm

  • ISORecorder power toy:
    http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm

    I've used it, and it works on everything (so far) except music CDs, but he said he's working on that.

  • Hello:
    I would like to test the Virtual server, but I can't realy use ADS because I don't have 2003 Enterprise edition ( only have standard)
    What is the easiest way to make a bootable ISO image of existing NT instalation and transfer it to my Virtual server installed on
    Server 2003 Standard?
    Any suggestions are appreciated
    D.G

  • I'm using MagicISO, it can work on music CDs. MagicISO is a good iso burner.
    http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-burnwin.htm