How to Mount MDF & MDS Files

By Joshua Laud

.MDS and .MDF files are created using Alcohol 120% or Alcohol 52%. They are both disc image files. The .mdf file works similarly to a .bin image and the .mds works similarly to a .cue sheet track, holding extra information about a disc's structure. Disc images recreate the files, function and structure of a CD or DVD-ROM. To mount the Alcohol-created disc images, you only need the .mdf disc image. While Alcohol Soft created the format, there are multiple programs you can use to mount a .mdf disc image.

Mounting the .mdf with MagicISO

Step 1

Download, install and open MagicISO (see Resources).

Step 2

Restart your computer.

Step 3

Right-click the MagicISO icon in the bottom right of the task bar (the icon of a hand holding a disc).

Step 4

Click "Virtual CD/DVD-ROM."

Step 5

Choose one of the empty virtual drives and click "Mount."

Step 6

Locate your .mdf file on your computer and double-click it to mount the disc. The disc will now be loaded to your virtual drive.

Mounting the .mdf with Alcohol

Step 1

Download, install and open Alcohol 52% (see Resources).

Step 2

Click "File" and then "Open." Locate your .mdf file on your computer and double-click it to import it to Alcohol.

Step 3

Right-click the .mdf image in the image browser in the right of Alcohol. Click "Mount Image" to mount the image to a virtual drive. You can now access the disc in your virtual drive.

Mounting the .mdf with WinMount

Step 1

Download, install and open WinMount (see Resources).

Step 2

Click the "Mount File" button on the WinMount toolbar.

Step 3

Locate your .mds and .mdf files, hold "Ctrl" and click on both to select both simultaneously. Click "OK" to mount the .mdf to a new virtual drive.