How to Burn or Mount an ISO File

By Chris Hoke

An ISO file is an "image" file, meaning it is a complete copy of a the contents from a disc. It contains all of the files and the folder structure that was present on the disc in a single, compressed file. ISO files can be burned to disc using an ISO burner or you can use a disc-mounting program to mount the ISO file, meaning that the file is seen by the operating system as if it were on a disc and inserted into a physical drive.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD
  • Writable CD drive

Burn an ISO File

Step 1

Download the free "Active ISO Burner" by clicking the link in the Resources section. Select a save location for the file and click the "Save" button.

Step 2

Double-click the downloaded file to run it. Click the "Next" button, then read the license agreement. Choose the "I accept the terms of the license agreement" option, then click "Next."

Step 3

Click "Next," then "Install." Click "Update" when prompted, then click "OK." Click the "Finish" button in the main installation window to launch the program.

Step 4

Insert the blank CD into your writable CD drive. Click the "..." button to browse for the ISO file on your hard drive. Click on it to select it and then click the "Open" button.

Step 5

Select the writable CD drive on your computer into which you inserted the blank CD from the "Target" drop-down menu. Click the "BURN" button to burn the ISO to the disc.

Mount the ISO

Step 1

Download the "Virtual CloneDrive" program by clicking the link in the Resources section.

Step 2

Double-click the "SetupVirtualCloneDrive.exe" file you downloaded to open the installation program. Click the "I Agree" button. Click "Next," then click "Install." Click the "Continue Anyway" button if prompted to approve the software. Click the "Close" button.

Step 3

Right-click the "Virtual CloneDrive" CD icon in the system tray and choose the "Settings" option. Set the "Number of Drives:" to at "1" or more drives, then click "OK."

Step 4

Right-click the "Virtual Clonedrive" CD icon in the system tray again and hover the mouse pointer over a drive letter to reveal a submenu. Click the "Mount" option.

Step 5

Select an ISO file by clicking on it in the "Open" dialog box. Click "Open" to mount the ISO file, which allows the operating system to read the file as if it were on a disc inserted into the drive. Double-click on the drive in the "My Computer" window to play the disc.