I expected Gizmo Drive to be something like WinCDEmu, which
sits quietly in the background and allows you to mount images as
virtual CD/DVD drives. In the end, that’s part of what Gizmo Drive
turned out to be–but before that I was taken for a ride to a
little world which I’m going to call Gizmo Land. Installing Gizmo
Drive requires that you download the Gizmo software suite, which
includes Gizmo Central (or Manager once it’s installed) Gizmo
Drive, Gizmo Script, Gizmo Database. Gizmo Editor, and Gizmo
Hasher. There’s also a Gizmo toolbar that sits in the system tray
and provides shortcut access to programs (not just Gizmo modules).
It’s only 8MB in total, and some of it’s pretty handy–but this is
about Gizmo Drive.
Once I had Gizmo Central/Manager and Gizmo Drive installed, all
I needed to do was right-click an ISO, BIN, CUE, or NRG file. Sure
enough, there were the mount and burn options. When you mount an
image using Gizmo Drive, you can bypass the dialog which allows you
to tweak settings such as the drive letter, and use the next
available drive letter by pressing the control key. It’s nice to
have both options, though I wish bypassing the dialog was the
The option to burn an image file to disc puts the program one up
on the aforementioned WinCDEmu which only mounts such files. To
burn an image you must install the KB932716 IMAPI (Image Mastering
API 2.0) Windows Update if you haven’t already and Gizmo will tell
you if you haven’t. Gizmo Drive worked fine in my tests, so if you
don’t mind the side trip through Gizmo Land, it’s a great little
image-handling extension for Windows.
Note: This link takes you to the vendor’s site, where you
can download the latest version of the software.
–Jon L. Jacobi