CCD files are created by the CloneCD burning software to instruct the computer on the correct way to burn the image files in IMG format with which they are associated (together with another small file in SUB format).
These are, therefore, image files used to easily archive and share all the data contained within a CD: a bit like the famous ISO files, just to be clear.
If you want to know more, below you will find a very simple guide on how to open CCD file, how to burn them correctly and how to consult their contents without consuming diskettes.
The best software for open CCD files is, as just mentioned, CloneCD which costs around 30 euros but is available in a free trial version that allows you to test all its features for a period of 21 days.
To download the CloneCD trial on your computer, connect to the program's website and click on the button with the green Arrow which is in front of the item Clone CD. When the download is complete, start the software installation package (eg. SetupCloneCD5314.exe) and click on the button first Yes and then I agree, forward, Install, Close e Yes to finish the setup and restart the PC.
To burn a CCD file with CloneCD, start the program, put the check mark next to the item Don't ask again (in order to accept the conditions of use) and click on Accept e Test to access its main screen.
At this point, pigia sul pulsating Write from image file (the icon with the disk and the pencil), click on Shop by Department and select the CCD file to burn (make sure it is in the same folder as the IMG and SUB files that have the same name).
In conclusion, click on the button forward twice in a row, set the writing speed you want to use and choose the type of disk to burn from the box at the bottom left: you can opt for a simple data disk (Data CD), a music CD (Audio CD/Multimedia audio CD) or a video game (Game CD o Protected PC Game for videogames with copy protection). Come on OK and wait for the burn to finish.
If you want open CCD files to consult its contents and not to burn it on a floppy disk, you can rely on the free software Daemon Tools Lite which allows you to “mount” all the main image file formats as virtual drives. This, translated in simple terms, means that it simulates the presence of a disk inside the PC allowing you to view its contents (ie the contents of the image file) from Explorer or any other application.
To download Daemon Tools Lite on your PC, connect to its official website and click on the green button Download. When the download is complete, open the software installation package (eg. DTLite4491–0356.exe) and first click on Yes and then forward e I agree.
So put a check mark next to the entry Free licenseto choose to install the free version of the program (there is also a paid version with additional features) and continue with the setup by pressing forward per due turn consecutive.
At this point, click on Decline/Skip to avoid the download of additional promotional software and complete the program installation process by clicking on Install and then on Ends .
To “mount” a CCD file with Daemon Tools you have to click on the button Add image located at the bottom left (the CD icon with the “+” symbol next to it) and select the image to load. Then press the button play And that's it.
Daemon Tools is also available for Mac OS X, you can find it in a free trial version lasting 20 days on this web page. The full version costs 22,90 euros.
With some more complex CCD files, Daemon Tools Lite can cause problems. In this case I invite you to try and PowerISO which is paid (costs approximately 25 euros) but is available in a free trial version that has no time limits but allows you to edit and create image files of up to 300MB. There are no limits to the function that allows you to "mount" image files.
To download PowerISO on your PC, connect to its official website and click on the item Download PowerISO v6.1 (32-bit) if you use a 32-bit operating system or on voice Download PowerISO v6.1 (64-bit) if you're using a 64-bit one. Next, open the software installation package (ex. PowerISO6-x64.exe) and click on first Yes and then Accept e Skip.
Then put the check mark next to the item Custom installation, deselect the entry for SpeedUpMyPC to avoid downloading additional promotional software and click on forward. Finally, select the item I do not agree and complete the installation of the program by first clicking on forward and then Install, forward e end.
Once the installation is complete, you can open CCD files with PowerISO by right clicking on the program icon in the notification area (next to the Windows clock) and selecting the item Mount the image in the drive give the menu to compare.
If you are looking for a completely free alternative to CloneCD to burn CCD images you can try ImgBurn, excellent burning software that I told you about in my post on burning programs, but I warn you: it can give problems with the most complex CCD files.