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How to use Virtual CloneDrive (VCD) to mount an .ISO or other disk image in Windows

Normally, to use an .ISO or other disk image file, it needs to be burned to a CD/DVD before it can be read. (If you would like to burn your .ISO to a disc, see this article.) Virtual CloneDrive is a program that allows you to virtually mount the .ISO file as if it had been burned to a CD, saving time and resources.

If Virtual Clone Drive is not installed on your computer, you can download it from http://www.elby.ch/fun/software/ and install. If you would like to associate your .ISO, .CCD, .DVD, .IMG, .UDF, and .BIN files so you can mount them by double-clicking, check the boxes as shown in the picture.

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Otherwise, uncheck and follow the prompts to install the software. This will install a program icon on your desktop. Alternately, you can go to Elaborate Bytes > Virtual Clone Drive from your start menu.

Navigate to your .ISO file and right-click. When the menu pops up, go to "Open with > Mount Files with Virtual CloneDrive."

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This will create a new drive letter that you can access to install the software on the .ISO file. If you would like to mount more than one .ISO file at a time, you can run VCD and specify how many you would like to run.

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To unmount the .ISO file, right-click on the drive icon and go to Virtual CloneDrive > Unmount.

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This leaves VCD available to mount other .ISO files. If you would like to disable VCD altogether, run the program and select "Disabled" in the program menu. The next time you would like to mount an .ISO file, you will need to run VCD again and select the number of drives/.ISO files you would like to mount.

If you would like to upgrade to a newer version of VCD or need to reinstall for any reason, please make sure to uninstall completely before reinstalling. Failure to do so will make Windows crash and blue screen repeatedly otherwise.

Last update: 2009-11-18 20:54
Author: Alice Tsoi
Revision: 1.5

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