Mounting ISO9660 images, or CD/DVD images, stored on your hard disk has never been a problem with me on Linux systems. A simple mount command from the console and I’m good to go to see the contents of the image. Modern versions of popular Linux distros even have this already worked out, so the average Linux user, or maybe me being lazy, can just mount it through the GUI without having to become root.
This has always been a problem for me when it comes to Windows. A tool for mounting images as virtual drives (or a loopback filesystem perhaps) is not supported by default on Windows for how many major versions. I can’t say it’s the same for Vista and Windows 7. I have yet to tinker around with Vista more, and I haven’t seen, or pretty much, used a Windows 7 yet. So you have to download a 3rd party app to be able to mount images.
Having been forced to use Windows XP on my home computer (my Kubuntu disk crashed, grumbe &*@#$!) for some time finally made me search the web for a Windows app to mount images. I always forget the names of the popular ones. Besides, I have to install it, sits on my system tray, and I don’t want that. I just want to mount an image, plain and simple. No fancy stuff.
Here’s what I’ve found and recommend in case you might be looking for one too – VCdControlTool.exe.
It is a very light-weight tool for mounting CD/DVD images. You don’t have to install it. It runs right out of the box. Is fast. The size of the app doesn’t even go over 50kb including the driver.sys and readme.txt files. Very simple to operate, unless you’re totally clueless like grandma.
Unfortunately, I can’t remember the download link of the file. But all is not in vain. I’m sure a quick Google Search and you’ll have this app in no time. By the way, I can’t say this will run on Vista or future Windows releases.