How to Play NRG Files

By Gabriel Dockery

An NRG file is a digital representation of a CD, DVD or Blu-Ray disc that acts as a backup for the original disc. NRG files use a proprietary file format developed by the Nero software company for use with its respective software offerings. This is not to say, however, that the NRG file can't be used by other software. In fact, NRG files can be used by many other free software utilities, such as Daemon Tools. Using NRG files is an easy task that any computer user can accomplish.

Things You'll Need

  • Daemon Tools software

Step 1

Download and install Daemon Tools. See link in Resources below for the download location.

Step 2

Right-click the Daemon Tools icon in the Windows taskbar to open a context menu.

Step 3

Select "Mount Image" by hovering over "Virtual CD/DVD-ROM," then "Device:0." Take note of the drive letter next to the words "Device:0."

Step 4

Navigate to your NRG file using the provided dialog box.

Step 5

Double-click the file to open it in the virtual drive.

Step 6

Click the "Start" button, then "My Computer" to open Windows Explorer.

Step 7

Locate the virtual drive created by Daemon Tools from among the listed installed drives within the Windows Explorer window. The drive letter for this drive will match the drive letter noted in Step 3.

Step 8

Double-click the drive the NRG file is mounted on to open it for viewing.

Step 9

Utilize the files within as you would any other disc medium.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using an NRG file often has markedly higher performance than using the image from a disc.