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The most popular type of disk images current are ISO images.

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[Nov 18, 2011] Mount an ISO image in Windows 7, Windows 8 or Vista

The freeware utility from Microsoft to mount ISO Images doesn't work in Windows 7 or Vista. Thankfully there's another utility that does.

The utility that we will use is called Virtual Clone Drive. This utility will let you mount .ISO, .CCD, .DVD, .IMG, .UDF and .BIN files.

[Nov 18, 2011] ISO Recorder v 3.1 Windows 7 http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm

Welcome to the ISO Recorder download page. ISO Recorder is a tool (power toy) for Windows XP, 2003 and now Windows Vista, that allows (depending on the Windows version) to burn CD and DVD images, copy disks, make images of the existing data CDs and DVDs and create ISO images from a content of a disk folder.

ISO Recorder has been conceived during Windows XP beta program, when Microsoft for the first time started distributing new OS builds as ISO images. Even though the new OS had CD-burning support (by Roxio), it did not have an ability to record an image. ISO Recorder has filled this need and has been one of the popular Windows downloads ever since.

With an advent of Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2003 the version 2 of ISO Recorder has been released, which introduced some new features including ISO creation and support for non-admin user.

Finally, in Windows Vista it became possible to address another long-standing request and provide DVD burning capability.

Since the very beginning ISO Recorder has been a free tool (for personal use). It is recommended by MSDN download site along with Easy CD and Nero and is used by a number of companies around the world.

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Free-Codecs.com Burn4Free 2.0.0.0 -- Spyware installer

Absolutely avoid this, and the program simply can't be advertised as freeware...

Burn4Free includes adware: NavHelper and NavExcel Search Toolbar free software . "NavHelper and NavExcel Search Toolbar software resolve domain name errors and enable you to search from anywhere on the web . The Search Toolbar also includes a free POPUP BLOCKER !" Adware (and spyware) software may record your surfing habits, deliver advertising, collect private information, or modify your system settings. Pay close attention to the End User License Agreement ("EULA") and installation options! We also, recommend you to run Microsoft AntiSpyware or other antispyware software after installation process.
- Check tested CD burners list before downloading Burn4Free.

ISO Commander

1.6.038 beta. ISO Commander is a CD-ROM image file utility that can extract, edit, and create ISO files directly, make bootable CDs, and may also be used as a ISO, BIN, NRG, etc. converter, extractor, or editor.
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This is the first real WinISO killer I have seen. Good feature set, pretty stable (it is beta) and supports a lot of different formats. 4 stars only because they want you to buy the software that is still in beta :/

Features:

* Edit image files and folders using drag'n'drop.
* Create image from files on your hard disc drive.
* Add to the new or existing image boot image and also change or delete it.
* Add, delete, rename and extract files and folders from the image.
* Convert different images formats into standard ISO format.
* Open CD/DVD disc as image, edit it and save result in the ISO image.
* Create CD/DVD image by one mouse click.

Additional ISO Commander features are:
* Microsoft Windows XP standard interface that simplified your first program usage and also has many possibilities for expert work.
* SuperLong file and folders names (up to 110 symbols).
* Customizable toolbar.
* Customizable reaction to the user actions.
* Automatically image identification;
* Files adding from the Microsoft Explorer and other file shells using drag'n'drop.
* Bootable diskette copying into image compatible with WinImage format.
* Files and folders find in the image using its names and ?,* symbols.
* Detailed editable information about image.
* Absolutely safe edited image saving.
* And mush more, some features are unique.

ISO Commander

ISO Commander is CD/DVD images management utility. Among utility main features are CD/DVD bootable images creation and changing, direct images editing, convention from BIN/ISO/DAO/TAO/NRG images into standard ISO file and much more.

Backing Up And Restoring Your Dedicated Server With SystemImager

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Author: Falko Timme <ft [at] falkotimme [dot] com>
Last edited 06/17/2005

This tutorial is based on the tutorial "Creating Images Of Your Linux System With SystemImager" (http://www.falkotimme.com/howtos/systemimager/index.php and http://www.howtoforge.com/howto_linux_systemimager) where you can find the basics about how to use SystemImager.

Now let's assume you have a dedicated Linux server (rented or co-location) that is located in some provider's data center which is normally a few hundred kilometers away from your office or home. Now you want to make an image of that system so that you have a back up in case your server crashes, you accidentally deleted all you customers' web sites, etc. (I'm sure you have enough fantasy to make up some horror scenarios for yourself here...). Creating such an image is no problem, even on a remote system that is in a data center, it is all described in the "Creating Images Of Your Linux System With SystemImager" tutorial.

But how do you restore such an image? That's the crucial point. The methods described in the "Creating Images Of Your Linux System With SystemImager" tutorial all require that you have physical access to your server and that your server has a floppy drive or a CD-ROM drive. But your server is a few hundred kilometers away, and nowadays only few servers have a floppy or CD-ROM drive.

There is a solution, the only requirement is that your dedicated server has some kind of Linux rescue system which is a feature that normallly comes with dedicated servers offered by one of the big hosting companies. It basically works like this: your hosting company gives you the login to some kind of control panel where you can see a lot of information about your server, e.g. traffic consumption in the last few months, documentation, passwords, billing information, etc. There will also be a page that lets you select the boot mode of your server, i.e. normal system boot or rescue system. If you select rescue system, the server will boot into the rescue system which you can use to repair your normal system. It is similar to your Linux machines in your office or at home where you use some kind of Linux live-CD (e.g. Knoppix) to repair your system.

Now in this tutorial I will demonstrate how to restore an image on your dedicated server on the basis of a dedicated server that the German hosting company Strato gave to me 3 months for free in order to write this howto. Many thanks to Strato for their co-operation!

If you have successfully tried the methods described here on other hosters' dedicated servers please let me know! I will mention it here.

This howto is meant as a practical guide; it does not cover the theoretical backgrounds. They are treated in a lot of other documents in the web.

This document comes without warranty of any kind!

Choosing a Disk-Imaging Program

Microsoft does not provide disk-imaging software. You must purchase a third-party disk-imaging program to create a disk image of a master computer's hard disk.

Not all disk-imaging programs are compatible with Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional. When you evaluate disk-imaging programs, make sure you choose a program that supports the following Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional features:

In addition to these required features, consider choosing a disk-imaging program that supports the following optional features:

Some disk-imaging programs can create, resize, or extend a partition before you copy a disk image onto a destination computer. Although these features might be useful, not all disk-imaging programs can perform these tasks: in fact, some programs might cause a STOP 0x7B error (INACESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE). If you want to create a partition on a destination computer's hard disk before you perform an image-based installation, you need to be sure the disk-imaging program is compatible with the file systems used by Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional. If you want to resize or extend a partition before you copy a disk image onto a destination computer, use the ExtendOemPartition parameter in the Sysprep.inf file.

For more information about Stop 0x7B errors, see article 257813, "Using Sysprep May Result in 'Stop 0x7B (Inaccessible Boot Device)' on Some Computers," in the Microsoft Knowledge Base. To find this article, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources. For more information about using the ExtendOemPartition parameter, see "Automating Tasks Before Mini-Setup" later in this chapter.

Note: If you are deploying a 64-bit edition of Windows XP or a 64-bit version of the Windows Server 2003 family, you must use a 64-bit disk-imaging program.

Recommended Links

ISO 9660 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

ISO image - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How to Write ISO Files to CD covers both ISO recoder (see below) and Nero.

ISO Recorder v 2 http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm

Welcome to the ISO Recorder download page. ISO Recorder is a tool (power toy) for Windows XP, 2003 and now Windows Vista, that allows (depending on the Windows version) to burn CD and DVD images, copy disks, make images of the existing data CDs and DVDs and create ISO images from a content of a disk folder.

ISO Recorder has been conceived during Windows XP beta program, when Microsoft for the first time started distributing new OS builds as ISO images. Even though the new OS had CD-burning support (by Roxio), it did not have an ability to record an image. ISO Recorder has filled this need and has been one of the popular Windows downloads ever since.

With an advent of Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2003 the version 2 of ISO Recorder has been released, which introduced some new features including ISO creation and support for non-admin user.

Finally, in Windows Vista it became possible to address another long-standing request and provide DVD burning capability.

Since the very beginning ISO Recorder has been a free tool (for personal use). It is recommended by MSDN download site along with Easy CD and Nero and is used by a number of companies around the world.

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CDBurn.exe

CDBurn.exe from Windows Server 2003 Recourse Kit (free download; see Download details Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools for more info) is a command-line ISO CD-ROM Burner Tool:

ISO CD-ROM Burner Tool (CDBurn) is a command-line tool that allows the user to write (burn) data images from image files located on the hard drive to compact disc (CD) recordable (CD-R) and CD rewritable (CD-RW) media. The data image can be any kind of data, even raw data. This tool can also be used to erase CD-RW media.

CDBurn allows users to burn image files containing any data, such as file systems like ISO9660 (Level 1, 2, or 3), Joliet, Universal Disk Format (UDF), or a combination of file systems. CDBurn's default mode is Track At Once (TAO). The tool also supports writing in Session At Once (SAO) mode, but not all drives support writing in this mode.

CDBurn automatically appends a postgap of 150 sectors prior to closing the disc. The appending of the postgap can be overridden by using the /imagehaspostgap option. The tool always finalizes the disc. This means that you cannot add any data to the disc after writing.

CDBurn writes data images to CD writable media from International Organization for Standardization (ISO) image files created by a variety of tools. One of these tools is Oscdimg.exe (available in the Microsoft original equipment manufacturer (OEM) preinstall kit (OPK)). Any other product that creates an ISO image file can also be used.
The following are the system requirements for CDBurn:

Files required:

Example:
To burn a CD from an image file when a drive letter is assigned to the CD burner type the following at the command line:

cdburn.exe d: c:\iso_2003.iso

Press ENTER. Output similar to the following is displayed:

Number of blocks in ISO image is 2a4e2
- 100.0% done
Finished Writing
Synchronizing Cache: burn successful!

Notes: The drive letter assigned to the burner in this example is D and the image file being written is located at c:\iso_2003.iso

The default burn speed for this tool is 4x with the maximum burn speed being determined by the speed of the burner. Use the speed parameter to set the burn speed. The max parameter sets the burn speed of the CD burner to maximum.

DVDburn.exe

ISO DVD Burner Tool (DVDBurn) is a command-line tool that allows the user to write (burn) Digital Video Disk (DVD) images from image files located on the hard drive to Digital Video Disk (DVD) media. The data image can be created by any program capable of producing DVD image files. You can also use this tool to erase DVD media.

There are five types of recordable DVD media. Here is some basic information for each type of media: The following are the system requirements for DVDBurn:



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