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ISOBuddy converts and burns disc images -- including DMG, MDF, PDI, and more

If you've ever encountered a CD or DVD image that you just couldn't convert -- except with paid software -- DVD-Ranger's ISO Buddy is a free tool you'll want to check out. It's a disc image conversion and burning program, and it supports more formats than you can shake a spindle at. Apart from more run-of-the-mill formats like Nero's .NRG, .BIN, and .ISO files, ISOBuddy can also handle images ...

Free disc burning app ImgBurn updates to 2.5.1, makes adding files and folders even easier

ImgBurn is an excellent, free application for all kinds of burning tasks. Its developer Lightning UK has built a number of improvements into recent versions -- making an already good program even better. Version 2.5.1 is now available for download and the changelog is a typically lengthy one. Two key alterations are worth noting. First, ImgBurn's disc layout editor view now includes an Explore...

Windows 7 Edition Switcher lets you change your ISO from Home to Ultimate

A lot of techy types weren't too excited when Microsoft changed the Windows 7 ISO. Beta and RC versions lumped all the versions on one DVD. Heck, this was one big thing I thought Microsoft did right with Windows Vista. I had one DVD and I could load any of the 39 different versions using the same disc. Windows 7 ISOs and DVDs? Not so much. They're single-version. Frustrated techs are never ...

Windows 7 RTM downloads now available via TechNet and MSDN

Maybe you won't have the chance to get pumped and show off your gold RTM DVD like Steve Ballmer, but if you've got a TechNet/MSDN subscription your downloads are finally ready. This means that those of you with access who have (wisely) avoided downloading anything from other sources can now get in on the action. As you can see in the screenshot of my Google Reader feed, the Windows Automated Ins...

Excellent free burning program ImgBurn turns 2.5

Last year, some of our commenters steered me toward ImgBurn as a Nero alternative, and it's been my CD and DVD recording app of choice ever since. It's an excellent lightweight program, handles just about every kind of disc-related task imaginable, and it's totally free. Version 2.5 boasts a big list of additions, changes, and bugfixes, though the core functionality remains the same. It still b...

Totally Free Burner offers uncomplicated CD and DVD burning

I'm always on the lookout for good, free applications I can pass along to the customers I support. Over the years I've learned that - in general - the simplest solution is usually the best. For CD and DVD burning software, it doesn't get much more straightforward than Totally Free Burner. As you'd expect from a minimalistic app like this, it's also tiny (under 2Mb download). Unlike Nero's pop...

Free GizmoDrive is an excellent virtual CD, DVD, and HDD app

Yet another trick Windows 7 has up its sleeve is the ability to handle virtual hard drive images (.vhd) natively. If you're running an older version of Windows, GizmoDrive can provide the same functionality and more. Apart from being able to mount .vhd files, GizmoDrive also supports .iso, .cue, .bin, .mds, .mdf, and .nrg formats. Using the create image feature you can create new image files from...

Use Folder2Iso to declutter your hard drive

When I first came across Folder2Iso I wasn't convinced of its usefulness. The author proposes using it in combination with DVD Decrypter and ImgBurn to copy DVDs and CDs, but I'm guessing most of you have a more streamlined system for doing that. Recently one of our readers wrote in looking for help in tidying up a disorganized hard drive. I thought back to that post, and figured I might be able ...

Help! I need a free app to convert DAA and UIF files!

Download Squad reader David contacted us, asking for a solution to his problem and it's one I've dealt with myself: fighting with the proprietary disc image formats of MagicISO and UltraISO. "I've been looking through the web for some free program to do this for me and I haven't had any luck. UltraISO and MagicISO are great programs, but I just don't have the money to dish 30 bucks on each [one]...

Free ISO Creator creates images in three easy steps

I don't do a lot of ISO creation, so when I do find myself needing to compile an image I like a nice, uncomplicated app to get the job done. Free ISO Creator's self-explanatory interface makes the process about as easy as it can get. Browse for files and folders to add, choose where you'd like your ISO to be saved, and click convert. It's speedy, compiling my test CD in about 12 seconds. Bootab...

That took long enough: Windows 7 can burn ISO files

It obviously hasn't been a priority for Microsoft in the past, but it looks like another one of Windows' minor shortcomings has finally been addressed. Yes, at long last your Microsoft OS will know what to do with an ISO file. While I'm sure none of us are going to forsake our favorite burning applications when and if we do switch to Windows 7, it's nice to see simple, useful features like this...

Pismo File Mount turns any ZIP or ISO file into a virtual drive

There are plenty of utilities that will let you mount a disc image as a virtual drive, allowing you to browse the contents without actually burning the image to a disc. But Pismo File Mount is one of the easiest to use that we've seen -- and it has the added benefit of also being able to mount ZIP archives. To install the free Windows utility you just need to download and run the PFM Audit Package...

TUGzip: Decompress anything

Have no idea what an ACE file is? Got a few ISO files laying around but you have no idea what they are? Well peek inside using Freeware archival utility TUGZip. TUGZip opens every archive format you could possibly care about, and several more, you probably don't. Archive formats - ZIP, 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, BH, BZ2, CAB, CPIO, DEB, GCA, GZ, IMP, JAR, LHA (LZH), LIB, RAR, RPM, SQX, TAR, T...

ISO utilities demystified

Ever wondered how you create and ISO, add files to it, or mount it without burning it to a CD or DVD? Petri IT Knowledgebase points you ISO info seekers in the correct direction with this list of ISO utilities. Save yourself the disk and do what the pros do by mounting a live ISO filesystem that's still stored on your hard drive....

Microsoft's XML Doc format on fast-track, some cry foul

Nineteen nations and a flood of Open Source developers argue that Microsoft's proposed ISO standard XML Doc format is a load of rich creamery butter, so why is ISO secretariat by Lisa Rajchel putting the controversial format on the fast track? That's unclear however, what appears as clear as day is the format will see a quick five month balloting process before a near certain ratification by the...