Here are free software to open ISO files on your computer. ISO files cannot be read directly, as you need to first burn them to a CD/DVD, and then play the CD/DVD . However, with the help of these free software to open ISO files, there’s no need of doing all this. These software can mount ISO files on your computer without the need for writing ISO to a CD / DVD. Basically, these free software basically act like CD/DVD players by creating virtual CD / DVD drive on your computer, and fool your computer into thinking that you have a CD / DVD player installed. After that, they mount ISO files, and your computer thinks that you are running an actual CD or DVD. After that, you can open ISO file, and browse it normally, as you would open or browse a CD or DVD. These software are also called Disk emulators. Here is a listing of some of the best free disk emulators to open ISO files:
Gizmo Drive is a free image mounting software which allows you to create virtual hard disk and even allows you to open or run ISO file. This free software is capable enough to mount image file to virtual drives. It supports several formats like BIN, CCD, CUE, NRG, IMG, MDF/MDS, etc. With the help of this free software, you can even burn an ISO to a disk easily. This free software has got a user-friendly interface which looks just like Windows Explorer.
Virtual Disk Utility
Virtual Disk Utility is another free software to open ISO files. This free software basically allows you to create a virtual drive, you can even password protect the virtual disk space created. The user-interface is extremely simple and offers straight-forward options for creating, disconnecting and mounting virtual drives. You can easily unmount/mount drives with mouse clicks. This free software works with both Windows and Mac.
Virtual Clone Drive
Virtual Clone Drive, as the name itself suggests that this free software helps you to clone CD/DVD drives. This free software basically allows you to create a clone drive and also allows you to open ISO files. After installing this free software you need to simply click the ISO file, and it will mount that particular file as if you are playing a CD/DVD in CD/DVD player. Apart from ISO format, this free software to mount ISO files even supports other image formats like BIN, CCD, etc. It even supports 8 virtual drives in real-time.
WinCDEmu is an open source image mounting software which allows you to mount or open ISO files on your system. This free software also supports other image formats like CUE, NRG, CCD, IMG, MDS/MDF, etc. You can easily mount an ISO file by simply clicking on the ISO file in Windows explorer. This free software is too small in size and works with both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows OS.
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Daemon Tools Lite
Daemon Tools Lite is one of the most popular disc emulator to open ISO files. This free software supports several image formats other than ISO like CCD, CDI, CUE, MDS, PDI, NRG, BWT, B6T, etc. For using this software you need to simply install this software on your computer, you will come across a small icon in the system tray, so you can control this software from the system tray icon. The virtual drive delivers 50 times faster reading speed as compared to normal physical drive.
MagicDisc is a free utility software to create virtual CD/DVD drives and even open ISO files like a breeze. You can create a maximum of 15 virtual drives using this free software. With the help of this free software you can create, open, extract, edit, burn ISO files to and from DVD or CD. Supported formats include NRG, CDI, BIN, BWT, IMG, etc. This free software is also capable enough to encrypt and compress ISO image, in this way you can save your Hard disk space.
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ISODisk is a free disk image file tool which helps you to create virtual drives and you can even open ISO files. This free tool allows you to create up to 20 virtual drives. You can even create ISO files directly from the CD with ease. This free software comes with a completely simple and user-friendly interface, so even the non-technical users can easily work on this free software. ISODisk, from the name itself its clear that this free software only supports ISO format. Download this software for free.
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Phantom CD is another application which allows you to open ISO files on your computer. You can access a CD/DVD by the means of a virtual drive. This software comes with a very basic and straight-forward interface for opening ISO files. This free application works with formats like BIN/CUE, ISO files, etc. This free disc emulator works much faster than physical drive. Download this application for free.
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OSF Mount is one of the best CD image mounting software to mount image files on your system. You can easily mount an image of the disk using this application. Files loaded are basically mounted as read only files, so the content of the file will never be altered. This image mounting software supports several formats like SDI, NRG, IMG, ISO, AFM, AFD, etc. With the help of this free software, you can even load images of local disks onto the RAM.