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Mounting an ISO image in Windows 7

 2:38 am on Sep 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I backup my system using a free (happens to be Selfimage) ISO tool. Basically, I'm running Windows via Bootcamp on a Mac. My problem is that I have several ISO backups of my Bootcamp (a partition on the C drive)and each ISO .img backup is about 13GB. THe prob is I've got all these backups, but but I can't find anywhere how to RESTORE your system (in my case the Bootcamp partition (WINDOWS 7 for me) of the MAC drive) using the ISO. Selfimage does not offer that feature. I don't want to use Norton Ghost or CLonezilla since they've failed me many times. Looking for something else, preferably free that will allow me to do a complete restore of that C drive ISO.img taken FROM a partition and going BACK to become a partition. I'm a relative newbie. I don't know anything about mounting or virtual CDs, so go easy, thanks for your solutions.



 2:43 am on Sep 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

It is really surprising that Windows 7 has no built-in support for mounting ISO files. They provided a tool for Windows XP but it doesn't work on Windows 7, at least not on the 64 bit version. You are bound to use some third party tools.

I don't have much personal experience with these tools (I use the VMWare virtual server ISO mounting functionality whenever necessary) but you could try PowerISO, virtualclonedrive from SlySoft or the Daemon Tools.


 7:16 pm on Oct 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

7zip can work with ISO files too.


 7:19 pm on Oct 5, 2010 (gmt 0)


Virtual Daemon has some great tools for this.


 11:27 am on Oct 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

Wow, thanks all three of you for taking time out of your day to help me. I also want to apologize because my email checker wasn't configured properly so I didn't receive notices of your answers until just today. Thanks again. Well, yeah, what I've found, perhaps for others, after looking into all of these programs, is that MagicISO utility seems to blow most of the others away. I liked/needed the CONVERT tool, to convert my .IMG's into ISO's (I thought those img's were ISO initially).

Anyway, but, for any of you guys who are running MagiISO, I have a question, as SOON as I browsed to my 25GB.img file to do the "CONVERT to ISO", they gave me an error popup, saying that MagicISO "can't find the file or it isn't a CD/DVD image file!". The 25GB img file is on an external HDD connected thru USB to my WIndows 7 machine. Thanks to those of you who may have used MagicISO who can help me understand this error, since I'm new to this stuff and all I want to do is convert it to an ISO (and then make it bootable using the same software) so i can restore from that imaged HDD in the event of an emergency. Thanks for your thoughts and thanks for your continued help! :)

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