Comparison of disc image software

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This article is a comparison of notable software applications that can access or manipulate disk image files. It compares their disk image handling features.

Comparison criteria[edit]

This article compares two features: Supported file formats and capabilities of the software as to how they treat the image format.

Capabilities[edit]

"Creates?"
Specifies whether the application can create a new disc image file, either by capturing the image of an actual disc, by composing a disc image file from locally stored files or an empty disc image.
"Modifies?"
Specifies whether the application is able to manipulate the contents of an existing disc image file, including adding, changing or deleting files within or modifying disc image metadata.
"Mounts?"
Specifies whether the application can emulate an optical disc drive. Such an application treats a disc image file like a virtual disc and virtually inserts it into that emulated virtual drive.
"Restores?"
Specifies whether the application can write the contents of a disk image file onto a physical media (such as an optical disc, a floppy disk, a hard disk drive or a USB flash drive) and create a physical replica.
"Extracts?"
Specifies whether the application can copy some or all of the files within a disc image file to somewhere else.

Supported file formats[edit]

"Input"
Specifies the types of disc image formats that the application can open.
"Output"
Specifies the types of disc image formats that the application can save to.

The comparison[edit]

Software Creates? Modifies? Mounts? Restores? Extracts? Input Output OS License
7-Zip No No No No Yes CramFS, DMG, FAT, HFS, MBR, NTFS, ISO, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM[1] N/A Windows, Linux, Mac OS Free software (GPL)
AcetoneISO Yes No Yes Yes Yes CD, DVD, ISO, BIN, MDF, IMG, NRG, CUE, TOC, DMG CD, DVD, ISO, BIN Linux Free software (GPL)
Acronis True Image Yes No Yes Yes Yes TIB, VHD TIB, VHD Windows Shareware
Alcohol 120% Yes No Yes Yes No ISO, B5T, B6T, BWT, CCD, CDI, CUE, MDS, NRG, ISZ MDS/MDF, ISO Windows Trialware
Alcohol 52% FE Yes No Yes No No ISO N/A Windows Adware
AnyDVD HD Yes No No No No N/A ISO Windows Shareware
Archive Manager No No No No Yes ISO N/A Unix-like Free software (GPL)
Ashampoo Burning Studio Yes No No Yes No ISO, BIN/CUE ISO, BIN/CUE Windows Shareware[a]
BlindWrite Yes No No Yes No B5T, B6T, BWA, BWI, BWS, BWT, CUE/BIN, ISO, MDS/MDF B5T, B6T, BWA, BWI, BWS, BWT, CUE/BIN, ISO, MDS/MDF Windows Shareware
Brasero No No No Yes No ISO, CUE CD, DVD Linux Free software (GPL)
Burnatonce No No No Yes No ISO, CUE, TOC N/A Windows Freeware
CDBurnerXP Yes No No Yes No ISO, MDS/MDF, NRG, BIN/CUE ISO, MDS/MDF Windows Freeware
CDemu No No Yes No No CSO, ECM, GBI, GZ, XZ, ISZ, DMG, ISO, UDF, NRG, CDI, CCD, SUB, IMG, CUE/BIN, TOC, B5T, B6T, MDS, MDX, CIF, C2D, DAA N/A Linux Free software (GPL v2)
genisoimage Yes No No No No N/A ISO Linux,
Unix
Free software (GPL)
isoinfo No No No No Yes ISO N/A Unix,
Linux,
Amiga
Windows,
Mac OS X
Free software (GPL)
mkisofs Yes No No No No N/A ISO Unix,
Linux,
Amiga
Windows,
Mac OS X
Free software (GPL)
CDRoller Yes No No Yes Yes ISO ISO Windows Shareware
CDRWIN ? ? ? ? ? CUE, BIN CUE, BIN Windows Shareware
CloneCD Yes No No Yes No N/A ISO, UFD, IMG (CloneCD)[verification needed] Windows Shareware
CloneDVD Yes No No Yes Yes ISO ISO Windows Shareware
CopyCatX Yes No No Yes Yes DMG DMG Mac OS X Shareware
Daemon Tools Yes All editions
except Lite
Yes Yes[b] All editions
except Lite
BIN+CUE, B5T, B6T, BWT, CCD, CDI, ISO, ISZ, MDF+MDS, MDX, NRG, VHD, VMDK and TrueCrypt[c] ISO, MDS+MDF, MDX – VHD and TrueCrypt in Ultra edition Windows Freemium[d]
DeepBurner Yes No No Yes No ISO ISO Windows Freemium
Disco Yes No No Yes No CDR, ISO, DMG CDR, ISO, DMG Mac OS X Freeware
DiscJuggler ? ? ? ? ? CDI, ISO CDI Windows Shareware
Disk Utility Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes DMG, ISO DMG, ISO Mac OS X Integral
part of
Mac OS X
DiskImageMounter No Yes Yes Yes No DMG, ISO DMG, ISO Mac OS X Integral
part of
Mac OS X
DVD Shrink Yes No No No Yes[e] ISO, NRG, IMG, MDS/Ixx ISO Windows Freeware
Exact Audio Copy Yes[f] No No No No CUE CUE/audio file types Windows Free software
Furius ISO Mount No No Yes Yes No ISO, IMG, BIN, MDF, NRG ? Linux Free software (GPL)
Image for Windows Yes No Yes Yes Yes TBI, VHD, VMDK TBI, VHD, VMDK Windows Shareware
ImgBurn Yes No No Yes No APE, BIN, CDI, CDR, CUE, DI (Atari Disk Image), DVD, FLAC, GCM, GI, IBQ, IMG, ISO, LST, MDS, NRG, PDI, UDI, WV ISO, IMG, BIN/CUE Windows Freeware
InfraRecorder Yes No No Yes No ISO ISO Windows Free software (GPL)
ISO Master[7] [8] Yes Yes No No Yes ISO ISO Windows, Linux Free software (GPL)
ISO Recorder Yes No No Yes No ISO ISO Windows Free software (BSD license)
IsoBuster Yes No No No Yes DAO, TAO, ISO, BIN, IMG, CCD, CIF, FCD, NRG, GCD, P01, C2D, CUE, CDI, CD, GI, PXI, MDS/MDF, VC4/000, B5T/B5I, DMG, IBP, IBQ, NCD, FLP, E01/S01/L01, RMG ISO, TAO, BIN, CUE, IBP and IBQ Windows Shareware
IsoCreator Yes No No No No N/A ISO Windows Free software (AFL)
K3b Yes No No Yes Yes ISO N/A Unix-like Free software (GPL)
libguestfs Yes Yes Yes No Yes raw, qcow2, VMDK, VHD raw, qcow2, VMDK, VHD Linux Free software (LGPL)
Loop device[9] No No Single volume only No No Raw image N/A Linux, FreeBSD Free software
MagicISO Yes Yes With MagicDisc Yes Yes Supported by both MagicISO and MagicDisc: ISO, BIN/CUE, IMA/IMG, CIF, NRG, IMG/CCD, MDF/MDS, VCD, VaporCD, P01/MD1/XA, VC4/000, VDI, C2D, BWI/BWT, CDI, TAO/DAO, PDI.[10][11] Supported by MagicISO only: DMG, FLP, DSK, BFI, BIF, WBT[10] ISO, BIN/CUE, UIF, NRG, DMG[12] Windows Shareware[g][13]
mount No No Yes No No ISO N/A Linux Free software (GPL)
Nero Multimedia Suite Yes No No Yes No ISO, NRG ISO, NRG Windows Shareware
Nero Burning ROM Yes No No Yes No ISO, NRG ISO, NRG Windows Shareware
Nero Linux Yes No No Yes No ISO, NRG ISO, NRG Linux Shareware (Discontinued)
Norton Ghost Yes No Yes Yes ? GHO, GHS, VMDK, V2I, IV2I, PQI GHO, GHS, VMDK Windows Shareware
Partimage Yes No No Yes No Compressed file system image: Ext2, Ext3, Reiserfs, FAT16, FAT32, HPFS, JFS, Xfs, UFS, HFS and NTFS Ext2, Ext3, Reiserfs, FAT16, FAT32, HPFS, JFS, Xfs, UFS, HFS and NTFS Linux Free software (GPL)
PeaZip No No No No Yes DMG, ISO, VHD, WIM[14] N/A Windows, Linux Free software (LGPL v3)
Roxio Creator[15] Yes No No Yes No ISO, C2D, BIN/CUE, GI ISO, GI Windows Proprietary
commercial
Roxio Toast[16] No No No Yes No ISO, BIN/CUE, IMG, DMG, CDR, NRG N/A Mac OS X Proprietary
commercial
UltraISO Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes BIN/CUE, BWI/BWT/B5T/B5I/B6T/B6I, C2D, CDI, CIF, DAA, DMG, FCD, G2D, GCD/GI, IMA, IMG/CCD, IML, ISO/ISZ, LCD, MDF/MDS, NCD, NRG, P01/MD1/XA, PDI, PXI, TAO/DAO, UIF, VaporCD, VC4/000, VCD, VDI, XMD/XMF [17] BIN/CUE, CCD/IMG/SUB, ISO/ISZ, MDF/MDS, NRG Windows Trialware
Virtual CloneDrive No No Yes No No ISO, BIN, CCD N/A Windows Freeware
Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel No No Yes No No ISO N/A Windows Freeware
VirtualDrive Pro No No Yes No No N/A N/A Windows Shareware
WADK Yes Yes Yes Yes No WIM, WSM WIM, WSM Windows NT Freeware; DISM component is included with Windows
WinCDEmu Yes No Yes No No ISO, BIN, NRG, MDS/MDF, CCD, IMG N/A Windows Free software (LGPL)
Windows NT family VHD only  ? Yes ISO only {? ISO,[18][19] VHD[20] VHD Windows NT Part of Windows
WinRAR No No No No Yes ISO N/A Windows Shareware
WinZip No No No No Yes ISO N/A Windows Shareware
Software Creates? Modifies? Mounts? Restores? Extracts? Input? Output? OS License

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Past version are made available as freeware from time to time
  2. ^ Lite editions requires Astroburn[2]
  3. ^ Daemon Tools supports the following non-image formats: ZIP, APE+CUE, FLAC+CUE, WAV+CUE
  4. ^ All editions are trialware, except Lite edition, which is only shareware in Korea but freeware elsewhere.[3][4][5][6]
  5. ^ Opens DVD images (File menu or Ctrl-I)
  6. ^ Audio tracks only. Leaves an ISO placeholder for the data track in the CUE for mixed-mode discs.
  7. ^ MagicDisc is Freeware

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.7-zip.org/
  2. ^ "Main window and toolbar". Daemon Tools documentation. Daemon Tools. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "FAQ: Is DAEMON Tools software free or not?". daemon-tools.cc. Retrieved 21 November 2011. DAEMON Tools Lite is free for home and non-business use. In case you want to use DAEMON Tools in any organization, you need to buy a license. 
  4. ^ "Installation". DAEMON Tools Lite Help. DAEMON Tools. Retrieved 21 November 2011. [Inside third screenshot] Support is provided only for Paid License users. 
  5. ^ "Daemon tool lite license problem". Due to some changes in marketing strategy Korea is no longer among the countries for which a Free version of DAEMON Tools Lite available. 
  6. ^ "DAEMON Tools Lite (Korean)". 
  7. ^ "ISO Master Homepage". 
  8. ^ "ISO Master Debian sid". 
  9. ^ Lawton, Kevin; Denney, Bryce; Guarneri, N. David; Ruppert, Volker; Bothamy, Christophe. Calabrese, Michael; Shwartsman, Stanislav, eds. "8.8. Mounting a disk image using the loop device". Bochs User Manual. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "MagicISO Features". 
  11. ^ "MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM Overview". 
  12. ^ "MagicISO FAQ : How to convert ISO to DMG file for Mac OS with MagicISO?". 
  13. ^ "MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM Overview". MagicDisc is freeware. 
  14. ^ "Supported formats". Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Minimum System Requirements". Roxio NXT Pro portal. Roxio. Retrieved 20 December 2012. Disc image formats: read ISO, C2D, BIN/CUE and GI; write ISO and GI 
  16. ^ "System Requirements". Roxio Toast 11 Titanium portal. Roxio. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.ezbsystems.com/ultraiso/history.htm
  18. ^ "Burn a CD or DVD from an ISO file". windows.microsoft.com. Retrieved 2016-02-21. 
  19. ^ "Accessing data in ISO and VHD files | Building Windows 8". blogs.msdn.microsoft.com. Retrieved 2016-02-21. 
  20. ^ "Create and Use a Virtual Hard Disk on Windows 7". technet.microsoft.com. Retrieved 2016-02-21.