Understanding CD-ROM ISO Disk Images:
File System Format was designed to replace the ISO9660 File System
which does not fit the requirements of CD-RWs
and DVDs. It's optimized to handle huge data sizes
and to minimize the necessary changes if a file needs to be added or
ISO is not an acronym - The
name derives from the Greek word iso, which means equal. An
ISO File is a CD-ROM Disk Image File ready to be written to CD. Quoting
Microsoft, "An ISO image file is a
snapshot of the data and layout of a CD-ROM, saved in ISO-9660
Format." When the .ISO Image File is burned to CD, it becomes
a duplicate of the original CD and the contents can then be read on a PC.
Whereas if the .ISO Image File is Burned to CD as a File, that .ISO Image
File remains a File. Why an ISO Image File? Best way to transport contents
of a CD from a HD. Ever Download a CD? Per say, No. Ever Download an ISO
Image File? Certainly! Get it?
Quoting Nero, "Nero
supports burning of UDF and UDF Bridge CDs containing a UDF and an ISO9660
File System. Windows 98, and Windows 2000 can write the UDF File System
without any special driver. Windows 98 and Windows 2000 will read the UDF
File System, if both UDF and ISO File Systems are found on the media.
Burning in UDF file format will be especially useful in the future, if
DVDs are to be written, because UDF is the best File System to be written
onto a DVD."
An ISO 9660 File System is a
standard CD-ROM File System allows
Users to read the same CD-ROM whether you're on a PC, Mac, or other major
computer platform. The standard, issued in 1988, was written by an
industry group named High Sierra. Almost all computers with CD-ROM drives
can read files from an ISO 9660 File System.
High Sierra and ISO 9660 are identical in content, but the exact format is
In most cases, an ISO Image File when written to CD will then become a Bootable
CD, if created as such, ready for installation of it's contents. Do not burn an ISO Image
File to CD as a Data File or it will not run the software on the CD!
Example: The 'Smoothwall' Firewall Software
CD we've discussed in the past is an ISO Image File. Once Downloaded from
the Smoothwall website and Recorded or Burned to CD, that CD then becomes
a Bootable CD ready to install thus turning a spare PC into a fully
functional dedicated Firewall & Gateway. Technology!
ISO Image Products:
www.burnatonce.com: "Burnatonce can master data and audio discs,
read/write [ISO] Image Files and copy on the fly."
- Creating ISO 9660 Image File:
www.ezbsystems.com - ISO
CD image creator, editor and BIN to ISO converter -
UltraISO can extract-create-edit-convert CD
and DVD image files directly, make bootable CDs and convert BIN to ISO.
www.MajorGeeks.com - MG Free Download - EasyISO 1.3: (6/23/2004).
ISO Commander: ISO Editor
Ultimate CD-DVD Recovery Tool: ISO Editor
- ISOEdit is an
CD-ROM-DVD image file editor, create-add-delete-rename-extract ISO file
directly, create ISO image file from a CD-DVD-ROM, make bootable CD
- www.macdisk.com -
MacImage for Windows: "MacImage is an utility to produce
hybrid Macintosh/PC (HFS/ISO 9660) CD-ROMs on a PC."
- Undisker can open, create, and extract ISO files: "A Disk
Image Utility and ISO Extractor."
- UltraISO: CD Image Editor and Converter can
extract-create-edit-convert ISO BIN CUE NRG CCD IMG files directly -
also handles DVD Image files (11/7/2003).
- SoftDisc: CD emulator and CD Image maker - Virtual CD
software lets you copy a CD to an ISO image file (11/7/2003).
- MagicISO - Convert
BIN to ISO, Create, Edit, Burn, Extract ISO file, ISO-BIN
converter-extractor-editor: ISO Editor (12/8/2003).
- SwiftDisc - Burn
ISO Image to CD/DVD - Specs look impressive. Have not tried it yet.
- Turtle Blast
Software - ISO Commander - Direct Image Editing!
Floppy Disk Images and now CD ISO
and CD-Rom ISO image: "WinImage can open and build
ISO-9660 image files directly from a CD-ROM. The ISO-9660 File
System, used in CD-ROM and CD-ROM Image Files is not
designed to allow adding, suppressing or renaming of files.
WinImage cannot modify an ISO image. You can only open the image,
display list of files in the image and extract them. WinImage 6
can replace a file by a new version of the same file (same
filename, same length)."
is a CD-ROM image file utility - Convert BIN to
- Original CD Emulator: The Original CD Emulator is also an ISO
ISO Image File Help:
- International Organization for Standardization: ISO 9660 -
Information processing - Volume and File Structure of CD-ROM for
- Description of CD-ROM Recording in Windows XP:
"Support for the
International Standards Organization (ISO) Image -
The CD-RW recording feature that is
built in to the Windows XP shell does not support the creation of an
International Standards Organization (ISO) image. To create an ISO
image in Windows XP, you need to install a third party utility that
supports this feature.
An ISO image file is a snapshot of the data and layout of a CD-ROM,
saved in ISO-9660 format. ISO image files are widely used for storing
CD content. ISO is a common CD image format for DOS, Windows (Joliet
ISO extension), Linux (RockRidge ISO extension), and other Operating
- A place to learn about, download, and discuss Linux.
- April Making Images - Linux ISO Images
to burn an ISO image:
to burn a ISO Image using NERO:
Select 'File' menu, 'Burn Image'. Nero will read *.NRG & *.ISO
to burn a ISO Image using Adaptec Easy CD Creator:
Select 'File', 'Create CD from Disc Image'. Roxio reads *.CIF &
*.ISO Image Files.
- NovaStor Tech Tips - Burning the InstantRecovery CD from Downloaded
Corporation - Support - Product FAQs - Burning ISO and CUE-BIN Images
- How to use DiscWizard Starter Edition:
- Crash Recovery Kit for Linux: ISO Image
- Memtest86 - Memory Diagnostic Page: ISO Image