Howto read an ISO file or mount a virtual CD drive (for free)

Files with the .iso extension are files ready for use with most  burning software in order to create a CD. However, sometimes, you don’t want the whole data inside the CD, just a file, and would like to avoid burning a CD just for that? Here are some solutions.

Open a .iso file like an archive

As the title suggests, we’ll use a sofware able to read ISO file to explore the .iso file content. I’ve currently found the following tools able to read an ISO file:

In both cases, you simply open the ISO file and access it through the embeded  explorer. You may drag/drop files from the ISO file to your hard-disk.

7zip iso file explorer

Mount a virtual CD drive

If you wish to access the CD as if you burnt it, you need to use a virtual CD drive. There are plenty of offers, here are 2 freewares:

Other tools to manipulate ISO files

And you, are you using any other (free) tool to read or even create ISO files?

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