FileDisk ISO Mounter
Another Update: I have run into the same issue with Windows XP as many of the people who have posted comments below: the “Error loading C:\WINDOWS\system32\ShellExt\FileDisk.dll, Invalid access to memory location”. The solution I found is to add C:\WINDOWS\system32\Rundll32.exe (Run a DLL as an App) as an exception to your Data Execution Prevention (DEP) filter. This may not be the most secure thing to do, so I’ll have to investigate it more. Expect an update on this later.
Update: I revised the package to FileDisk ISO Mounter 1.2.1. The new revision contains a couple fixes for iso filetype support in Windows.
Today I was looking for a easy way to mount ISO images to virtual drives. I had tried and really liked Microsoft’s Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel however, it did not have a command line interface that would allow me to automate some of the setup of a virtual drive. I was looking to basically save my valuable mouse clicks.
If you have a large hard disk (as most of us do these days) and you often find yourself shuffling through your stack of CD/DVD discs looking for that software app or back-up disc or whatever, then saving Disc Images (ISOs) to your hard drive is the way to go. And now I’ve got a very small, slick and free virtual disc mounting tool that makes it so easy to access those disc images.
FileDisk ISO Mounter was packaged by me, Jeffothy, but consists of:
FileDisk (a virtual disk driver) by Bo Branten
FileDiskExt.dll (shell extension to handle iso files) by Sherpya
FileDisk.inf (installer) by Bilou Gateux
Note: I have only tested this on Windows XP Professional w/ SP2. Use at your own risk, but also, let me know if you have any issues.
- Right click on the ISO file
- Click Mount via FileDisk and
- Choose the drive letter to mount
Umounting is just a simple. You can either
- Right click the ISO file and choose “Umount ISO image from drive…” OR
- Right click the drive itself (My Computer) and choose “Umount…”
Thanks to all those mentioned above for coding the various components. Hopefully my package helps some people who are looking for a similar solution. Let me know if you use it!
By the way, I have tried ISOBuster, DaemonTools, Alcohol and a few others but they all seem to be bloated for my purposes.