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DAEMON Tools Pro Advanced

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Mount or create disc images with this multifunctional optical media emulation program for PC

Pros

  • Mount disc images to virtual drives or create disc images
  • Supports many different file formats for both processes
  • Compress or split disc images
  • Highly advanced and customizable UI which integrates with Windows Explorer
  • Create up to 4 Virtual HDD devices
  • Change regions or other information about virtual drives
  • GameSpace containing game-related news, media, disc images, popular downloads and more

Cons

  • Steep learning curve for newer users

Daemon Tools Pro Advanced is an optical media emulation program for PC, developed by Daemon Tools. Mount disk images on to virtual drives and convert or create images from multiple sources with this multifunctional utility. The program is available to download as a 20-day trial version only. The full version is available from the developer's website. 

Embracing the Virtual

Computer users engage in all kinds of different activities during a session: browsing the web, consuming media, burning CDs and DVDs, playing games and much more. For a lot of these activities, you will require hard copies of all kinds of software, usually in the form of a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc. Given how hectic a lot of our online lives can get, it is not uncommon for these discs to become damaged through long-term use, at which point the data may become inaccessible. For situations such as this, PC users have an excellent solution in Daemon Tools Pro Advanced.

For those who are unfamiliar with this type of software it's quite straight forward. Simply put, Daemon Tools is designed to duplicate a physical copy of a disc or storage device as an image or VHD (Virtual Hard Drive). The 'image' in this case refers to everything contained on the disc. Thus, the program is designed to create an image of the disc or drive inserted into your machine or, conversely, to mount a ISO file (for example) on to a virtual drive. This process will enable you to preserve the data you have on your various storage media while running them as intended. This includes everything from duplicating music or movies, games, full versions of software and much more. 

Daemon Tools will support many formats for disc mounting, including MDF, ISO, b5t, b6t, CCD, CDI, BIN, APE, FLAC, NRG, ISZ and many more. It will also allow you to create disc images in ISO, MDS, and MDX formats from CDs and Blu-ray discs. This gives the program a great deal of versatility so that no matter what kind of program you've downloaded, you'll be able to mount it with ease. Once an image has been created, you will have the option of converting between the aforementioned formats. In all, Daemon Tools Pro Advanced can emulate 16 DT and SCSI devices and create up to 4 virtual HDD devices. The process of mounting is fairly straight forward. Once you have opened the appropriate type of file, double clicking it will initiate the process. There are also various options you can edit before beginning the process begins.

In all, Daemon Tools Pro Advanced can emulate 16 DT and SCSI devices and create up to 4 virtual HDD devices. The process of mounting is fairly straight forward. Once you have opened the appropriate type of file, double clicking it will initiate the process. There are also various options you can edit before beginning the process begins

Other Features

Once the data type has been determined and your image has been mounted to a virtual drive, you can perform various other operations on it. Compressing or splitting the image will allow you to manage it more easily. Create images with dynamically expanding or fixed sizes. An image editor will allow you to make minute changes to your disc images without affecting the data contained within them. From here, you can burn created images to physical discs, burn images with RMPS data and more. If there are regional issues with your image, you can change drive letters, languages, regions and other meta data to your liking. 

When you have gone through the process multiple times you'll also be able to manage your collection of disc images with ease thanks to the program's highly intuitive interface. If you wish, you can customize the interface to your liking. You can even use a Command Line interface to automate various in-program operations. Another feature worth noting for gamers is its GameSpace, containing valuable information on discs in your image collection, recent news about games and reviews, gameplay videos and other media, top rated games, as well as an integrated search function allowing you to search up all of your favorite games. 

One of the most important functions of Daemon Tools is the security it provides. In addition to having a virtual copy of a CD/ DVD that you can run whenever you like, integration with ZIP and TrueCrypt, a highly popular encryption program, means that you can password-protect and encrypt any and all of your disc images from tampering. 

Upgrade Options

Daemon Tools has two separate upgrade options, both of which require payment. The first comes with minor updates to the software for a limited time; the second comes with lifetime updates. If you're looking for more out of Daemon Tools, then this is the right choice. These versions can be purchased from the application's main website. 

The Verdict

If you're looking for a highly effective disc mounting program, I would definitely consider Daemon Tools Pro Advanced. It supports a ton of formats, is very easy to use and caters to both new and expert users. Its multifunctional design makes it capable of creating a virtual drive from almost anything so you can keep your files safe. It has some great options for the more computer-savvy among us including compression and encryption processes on virtual discs, an image editor and much more. The only downside would be that it takes a bit of time to learn the various functions on offer within the program, and as such it cannot really be approached as a complete beginner without a bit of a learning curve to overcome. A space for gamers tailors to what can be assumed is the program's biggest market. All in all, it's a comprehensive program which, even in its free version, will have plenty worth testing out. Download the trial version now and see for yourself. 

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Type Shareware

Version 8.2.0

Size 30.73 MB

Other versions

8.2.0 7.1.0 7.0.0 6.1.0.484 5.50.0388

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