How Do I Create an ISO File?

By Alexis Lawrence

ISO files are the image files commonly used to hold all of the video and menu files that are included on a DVD. When you burn a DVD on your computer, using a DVD-burning software, an ISO file is automatically created and burned directly to the disc. You don't have to burn a DVD in order to make an ISO file though. ISOs can be created and stored on your system, which makes it easy to make multiple copies of the same material.

Free ISO Creator

Free ISO Creator is everything that it sounds like. The software can be downloaded for free at the Mini DVD Soft website (see References) and, once installed on your system, can be used to create ISO files from standard files saved on your computer's hard drive.Creating an ISO file using Free ISO Creator is a simple process. Begin by adding the files that you would like to have included in the ISO by clicking either the "Add File(s)" or "Add Folder" buttons. "Add File(s)" lets you to choose one individual file or multiple individual files to add. When you click the button, the drives and folders available on your computer will open in the main pane of the program under the heading "Files List." To select a file, click on the file name to highlight it and then click the "Import" button. To add more than one file at a time, click on the first file, then hold down the "Ctrl" key and click on each additional file that you would like to include. If you click on "Add Folder," you will be able to click on an entire folder on your hard drive. When you click "Import," all of the files in that folder will be included in the ISO. Once you have made your file selections, click on the "Save ISO as..." button to select a folder where the ISO file will save and to type a name for the file. Then click "Convert" to create the ISO.

Blaze Media Pro

Blaze Media Pro works in much the same way that Free ISO Creator works. To create an ISO with Blaze Media Pro (see References), you will first select the "Burn CD/DVD" option on the start-up screen of the program. A new window will open, and the folders and files that are available on your computer will appear in the left pane. To add files to the ISO, navigate through the folders in the left pane to find each file and then drag and drop the file into the right pane. Once you have added all of the files you want to include in your ISO, go to the "File" menu and select "Save Image as ISO File." This will create an ISO from the individual files you have added. The ISO will automatically save into the same folder from which your last file was imported.