How to extract (or access) the contents of an .iso file in Windows

If you’ve downloaded an .iso (or .bin, .img, .cif, .nrg, .img etc) and don’t want to burn it to get to its contents, you can download and install MagicDisc, a freeware app that lets you “mount” the image file as if it was a CD/DVD drive. This tutorial will guide you through doing just that.

  1. First, make sure to download MagicDisc and install it. The installation is very straight forward – you’ll mostly click ‘next’ a bunch of times. At the end of the installation, you’ll probably be notified that new hardware was found and installed.
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  3. Also, there will be a new icon in your System Tray. Right-click that icon and select Virtual CD/DVD-ROM, then click X: No Media (where X is the next available drive letter on your system – in the screenshot below, the drive is E:)
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  5. Click Mount …
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  7. And then navigate to the image file (iso, uif, bin, img etc), select it and click the Open button.
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  9. If you have Windows set to notify you each time a CD/DVD is inserted into a drive, you’ll get a pop-up message asking you what you want to do with the “disc”.
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  11. Otherwise you can use Windows Explorer to navigate to your new drive, and view its contents. The files on your new virtual disc can be copied over to your hard drive, executed or viewed – the same as any other CD/DVD.
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  13. To unmount an image file, repeat steps 2 and 3 above, but select Unmount instead of Mount.

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  • Thanks a bunch! You really saved a lot of time. Your instructions are very simple and straight forward.

    I really appreciate your post.

  • Dave

    I tried to install MagicDisc105 twice, but it crashed my machine each time. Guess that means “quit doing that!” Any suggestions on a workaround, or perhaps an alternative route? Thanks.

  • M.Trisler

    thank you so much for your steps, i was having problems left and right until i found your website thanks so much

  • Handoko

    Thank you so much !! It really help me !! ^^

  • Snehal

    This Is really gr8..thanks for the help!!

  • Joleca

    Hi Dave and anyone else who’s had problems with MagicDisc,

    Probably the best virtual drive software I’ve tried is Virtual CloneDrive by Slysoft… and its also free (they’ve got other great programs but this is the only freebie).

    Easy to use (works like in example above) and haven’t heard of it crashing anyone yet…

    for more info:

    http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html

  • Samees

    Thanks a lot! Very simple and helpful

    Takecare!

  • Romsfou

    Thanks a lot. This is really simple and useful. Much appreciated!

  • Absolutely awesome!!

  • Al

    Hi,

    Installed fina and I’m able to mount the drive, with the ISO file, but when I go to browse there are no files.

    Any ideas?

    Al

  • Dilan

    I’m having a problem. When I follow the steps, after step 4, open, it tells me it failed to mount. Now what?

  • Paul

    Simply Awesome!!!

    Thanks for taking the time in filling us in.

  • Madhab Mathema

    I really appreciate the way you have presented How to use MagicDisk. How come most of the time free programs are so much better than the paid software? Thanks a lot.

    One request: could you please provide Print Friendly facility for the Page?

    A grateful user!

  • KOUASSI DIMITRI

    Mer6 pour l’astuce. Depuis ke je peinais!!!

  • Maddie

    So I’ve downloaded Magic Disc, but then when I click “mount”, it can’t find the iso file I would like to use. Do you have any ideas?

  • Dipak

    that works grt, thanks

  • LK

    Thank you!!!!

  • I think 7zip can also do the trick. Can it?

  • joyonta

    so easy……thnx

  • siva

    very helpfull

  • Gima

    Your info was perfect and useful, thanks a lot

  • Vivie

    Awesome! Thanks so much. I’d been struggling all day to burn an image of an iso file in a DVD with no success. This worked like charm! Elegant and easy.

  • Sam

    WILL IT READ .IMG HARD DRIVE FILES.. ?