How to Create, Mount, and Burn ISO Image Files for Free.An ISO file is a disc image file that contains all the files and folders on an optical disc. However, ISO files are useless until you burn them to a USB stick or disc.
If you want to transfer large files or programs over the Internet, the ISO file can help you with this. This is because the ISO file can contain every file required to run the program. For example, you can purchase or download Windows 10 in ISO format, ready to be mounted in a virtual machine or ejected to a device.
If you want to create, mount, or burn ISO image files for free, there are a number of solutions we will discuss in this tutorial.
How to create ISO files for free on Windows 10
Windows doesn’t have a built-in way to create ISO image files for free, but you can use free tools to create files. In this tutorial, we will be using BurnAware Free to create an ISO file in Windows 10 from disc.
- Download, install and run BurnAware Free In the Disc Images section, click Copy to ISO.
- Select the drive you want to use from the drop-down menu. Make sure the disc is supported by your optical drive and then select Browse.
- Give the file a name in the File Name text box and choose a location to save the file. Click Save.
- Insert the selected disc and select “Copy”.
- Wait for the ISO file to be created from disk. After the file is created, the message “Copying process completed successfully” appears.
The ISO file will be saved in the location of your choice with the name you specified. Close the Copy to Image window and remove the used disc from the drive.
How to create ISO files for free on macOS
If you have a Mac, you can use Disk Utility and other included tools to create an ISO image file.
Create an ISO image file using Disk Utility
With Disk Utility, you can create an ISO file in the following ways:
- 1-Create an ISO file for storage
- 2-Create a secure disk image
- 3-Create an ISO file from a folder , disk or connected device
How to create ISO files for storage using Disk Utility:
- Click Menu> Applications> Utilities> Disk Utility
- Select File> New Image> Blank Image.
- Name the new file, add tags and choose a location to save it. You can also change the format and size of the disk image, but leave the encryption options disabled. Also choose one of the options from the Image Format menu: Sparse disc image, DVD / CD master, Sparse disc image, or read / write image .
- Click Save to create the image file and then click Finish.
Disk Utility will create the ISO image file where you saved it. From here you can mount the ISO image file.
You can also use Disk Utility to create an ISO image file from disk for free.
- Open Disk Utility and select the volume, disk, or attached device. Click File> New Image, and then select Image from (your device name). If the device does not have a name, it will be displayed as “”.
- Enter a name for the file, add tags if necessary, and then select a location to save it. Click “Save” and then “Finish.”
Note. When creating an ISO file from a disc, make sure that the disc is not damaged or damaged, as the resulting ISO file will not be a reliable backup.
Note. You can create an ISO file containing the contents of a folder or a connected device. To do this, open Disk Utility and click File> New Image> Image from Folder. Select a folder in the dialog box and click Open. Enter a name for the ISO file, add the required tags and select a location to save it. Click Save> Finish.
If you have sensitive documents, you can create a secure ISO file and place the documents in an encrypted ISO image file.
Disk Utility, choose File> New Image> Blank Image.
- Give the ISO file a name, add tags if necessary, and then choose a location to save the file. Click the encryption menu and select an encryption option.
- Enter your password and re-enter it to confirm your password. Make sure you remember this password as you will be using it to unlock the ISO file, and then click Select.
- Click Save> Finish. Open Finder and copy the confidential documents you want to protect into an ISO image file.
How to Upload an ISO Image File
Mounting an ISO image file tricks your computer into thinking that the file is a real disk. For example, if you are playing a video game that requires a source disc, you can create and mount an ISO image file of that disc to play the game instead of inserting the physical disc.
When you mount an ISO image file, Windows will create a virtual disk for the file in the same way it creates a disk for a physical disk. Thus, you can play video games, install an application, watch a movie, or listen to music from an ISO file without burning the data to a physical disc.
How to mount ISO image file in Windows 10 and MacOS
You can mount the ISO image file natively by double-clicking the ISO image file.
You can also use File Explorer to mount an ISO image file on Windows 10.
- Open File Explorer and select the ISO image file you want to mount. Click the Disk Imaging Tools tab. The Disk Imaging Tools tab only appears when you select an ISO image file.
- Click Connect in the upper left corner. Windows will immediately create and open the contents of the ISO image file.
- In the left pane of the explorer window, click “This PC” and you will see the virtual disk appear next to other disks on your PC system. You can copy the files from the ISO image file to your hard drive and do whatever you want with them.
- To unmount the ISO image file on Windows, right-click the virtual disk in Explorer and select Eject.
To mount the ISO image file on your Mac computer, simply double-click the file. You can also mount an ISO image file on macOS by opening Disk Utility and choosing File> Open Disk Image, or by opening a terminal window and typing hdiutil mount filename.iso.
Burn ISO Image file to disk on Windows 10
When you burn an ISO file to a disc, you create a copy of the original disc, including files, copyright protection, and other settings.
- Insert a blank disc into your computer’s optical drive. Right-click the ISO image file and select Burn Disc Image.
- Make sure the ISO was burned without errors by clicking Check Disc After Burn.
- Click Record.
Burn ISO Image to disk on macOS
There are three different ways to burn an ISO image file for free on macOS:
- Finder Application
- Disk Utility
- Command Prompt or hdiutil to Terminal
Burn an ISO image using Finder
- Open Finder and locate the ISO file. Click once to select a file, and then click File> Burn Disk Image (file name) to disk. You can also right-click the ISO file and select Burn Disc Image.
- Insert a blank disc into the drive and click Burn to start burning the ISO file to disc.
Burn the ISO image to disc using the Utility disc
- Click Applications> Utilities> Disk Utility to open the utility.
- Click File> Open Disk Image. You will see a list of available drives by name in the left pane.
- Insert a blank disc into your Mac drive. Click Action> Open Disk Utility OK.
- In the Super Drive window, drag an ISO file (.iso or .dmg) from the Finder window or desktop into the Disk Utility window. Drag the file to an empty area in the left pane below the Mac drive names.
- Select the ISO file in the left pane and click Burn in the upper left corner.
- In the Burn Disc window: The destination for the file is displayed, which is an empty disc. Click “Record”.
- When the burning process is complete, the disc will be automatically removed from the drive. You will also receive a message that the ISO image was burned successfully. Click OK to exit.
Burn the ISO image to a disc using the terminal
- Move the ISO image file to your desktop or wherever you like find and insert a blank disc into the Mac drive.
- Open Terminal from the Finder by clicking Applications> Utilities, and then double-clicking Terminal. Alternatively, you can click the Launchpad icon in the Dock and type “Terminal” in the search box.
- Enter the command: hdiutil burn ~ / PathToYourISOFilename.iso. The ISO image file will start writing to the disc you inserted. Click Check In.
How to extract an ISO image file
You can extract the contents of the ISO image file to a folder if you don’t want to burn the file to disc or other storage device.
When you extract the ISO file, all of its contents will be copied directly to the folder, and you can view the contents just like any other folder on your computer. However, you cannot write the folder directly to the device.
Easily work with ISO image files
We hope you now know how to create, mount and burn ISO image files for free using your own or third party tools. If you were able to complete these steps and successfully created, connected and burned ISO image files, share with us in the comments.
How to Create, Mount, and Burn ISO Image Files for Free
How to Create, Mount, and Burn ISO Image Files for Free