daemon Tools is a very popular software for managing CD and DVD image files. It supports tons of different file types: ISO, NRG, BIN / CUE, CCD, MDS etc. and, using it, it is possible to create virtual drives into which CD and DVD images can be easily “mounted” - ie loaded.
What exactly is it for? Simple, to simulate the presence of diskettes inside the computer without using real media. It also allows you to steal data on CDs and DVDs and create image files from them. All in an extremely quick and intuitive way, even if with the annoyance of having to make the "slalom" among the numerous promotional software proposed during installation (but we will talk about this in more detail shortly).
Daemon Tools is compatible with Windows and macOS. It is distributed in various versions: the basic one, free, which allows you to use up to four virtual drives at a time, and the more complete ones, which are paid for. Below you will find explained how to download the program, how to install it and how to get started with it (both in Windows and on Mac). Happy reading and have fun!
Daemon Tools Per Windows
Do you use a Windows PC? Well then for download Daemon Tools on your computer, connected to the program's website and click on the green button with written on it Download.
When the download is complete, open the software installation package (DTLiteInstaller.exe) and click the button Free License with ads in order to use the free version of the software. Therefore, wait for all the components necessary for the correct functioning of the software to be downloaded from the Internet (an operation which should take just a few seconds) and press the button Install to start the actual installation of Daemon Tools for Windows.
In the window that opens, make sure that theItalian in the drop-down menu for language selection and go forward; then check that there is a check mark next to the item Free license (otherwise put it yourself) and click on forward for two consecutive times. If you don't want to send anonymous usage statistics to developers, remove the check mark from the entry Allow Daemon Tools Lite to send anonymous usage statistics.
Now you have to "dodge" the promotional software that is proposed to you during setup (eg REACHit). So make sure there is no check mark next to the item I agree to install [nome programma], if available put the check mark next to the item Reject / Decline and finish the Daemon Tools installation process by clicking on first forward and then Install, Install (to accept the drivers necessary for the program to work) e Ends.
Please note: if at the beginning of the setup you are asked to install the . Net Framework Microsoft (a free software necessary for the proper functioning of Daemon Tools), click on the button Yes to accept. This is not a promotional program, rest assured.
Finally here we are! Now you can mount an ISO file (or other CD and DVD images) and use them in Daemon Tools as if there were real floppies in your computer.
All you have to do is start the program, skip the initial tutorial by pressing the appropriate button and click on the icon Quickly mount which is at the bottom left (the CD). Then select the ISO, NRG, BIN / CUE, CCD or MDS file to “mount” and that's it. You will find the image file in the form of a virtual CD / DVD drive in the menu Computer / This PC of Windows.
Would you like to mount more than one image file at a time? No problem. The Lite version of Daemon Tools allows you to use up to four image files simultaneously. All you have to do is click on the button Quickly mount, select the image file to mount and that's it, just like we saw before.
When you have finished working with Daemon Tools, to "unmount" the images previously loaded into the program, start the program, move the mouse pointer over the icons of the virtual CD / DVD drives (bottom left) and press the yellow eject button. Alternatively, you can also go to the menu Computer / This PC Windows, right-click the icon of the virtual drive on which you mounted the image file and select the option Eject give the menu to compare.
Subsequently, to delete the virtual CD / DVD drives of Daemon Tools, open the program, move the mouse pointer over the icons of the diskettes (ie on the icons of virtual drives) and presses on x that appear on the latter.
Now I want to reveal a little "gem": in addition to mounting existing CD and DVD images, Daemon Tools can also create new image files starting from diskettes inserted in your computer. How you do it? I'll explain it to you right away.
After inserting a CD or DVD into your computer, start Daemon Tools and click on the icon New image located in the left sidebar (the blue disk). Then press the button Capture a disc, use the menu to tendin Peripheral to select the CD / DVD drive from which to generate the image file and choose one of the formats available in the menu Format (MDX, MDS or ISO).
When the operation is completed, click on the button [...], select the folder in which to save the image file and press the button starts to start creating the latter. This should take just a few minutes.
Unfortunately, all the other “extra” functions you find in Daemon Tools are not available in the free version of the application: to be able to use them you have to buy one of the paid versions of Daemon Tools by spending 30 euros or more.
Among the additional "features" available in the paid versions of Daemon Tools I would like to point out: the conversion of image files from one format to another; creating image files from folders or files on the PC; creating image files from music CDs; burning of CDs and DVDs of various kinds; the creation of virtual hard disks; the creation of RAM disk; the creation of self-starting USB sticks and the creation of writable virtual devices. To learn more and analyze in more detail the differences between the various editions of Daemon Tools, consult the official website of the software.
Daemon Tools Per Mac
Daemon Tools is also available on Mac but, beware, in this case it is a paid software. Its price is 18,18 euros (for the single license) but if you want you can try it for free for a period of 20 days. To download the trial of Daemon Tools for Mac, then connected to the official website of the program and click on the button Download located in the center of the page.
At this point, type the password of your user account on macOS (the one you normally use to access the system) and press on Install assistant to install on your computer all the components necessary for the operation of Daemon Tools.
Now you can take action! Then click on the button Test to start the Daemon Tools 20-day trial, close the window that opens and use the button Quickly mount (located at the bottom left) to select the images to mount. Supported file formats are as follows: .B5T, .BT6T, .BWT, .CDD, .CDI, .BIN, .CUE, .APE,
.CUE, .FLAC, .CUE, .ISO, .ISZ, .MDS, .MDF, .MDX, .NRG, .PDI, .DMG, .VHD.
To use the more advanced features of Daemon Tools for Mac, such as the one for creating a new image file from an existing CD / DVD or creating a virtual device, click on the buttons located in the application toolbar ( up). Alternatively, go to the menu File> New and select one of the options available in the latter. The operation of the program is very similar to what we have seen previously on Windows.
Please note: in case you want to uninstall Daemon Tools from your Mac, don't drag the application icon to the trash. Provide, on the contrary, to open the folder of daemon Tools present in the folder Applications macOS and launch the executable Uninstall Daemon Tools. In the window that opens, then proceed to press the buttons apri e Uninstall, type the password of your user account on macOS and that's it.
Alternative a Daemon Tools
Do you feel that the free version of Daemon Tools has too many restrictions? Don't want to take the risk of downloading unwanted promotional software? No problem. There are very good alternatives to Daemon Tools for both Windows and Mac OS X.
If you are using a Windows PC you can contact WinCDEmu e Virtual CloneDrive, which are both free and with no promotional software in them. If you use a Mac, however, you can rely onDisk Utility included "stock" in OS X. I told you about both solutions in my post on how to mount ISO files. Check it out and you won't regret it.