The Lite version of
Daemon Tools is a great little freebie for mounting ISO and other
images as virtual CD/DVD drives, but the Pro Standard and Pro Advanced
versions offer considerably more functionality. If you deal with
CD/DVD/Blu-ray images on a regular basis, they just might be worth
the 25 or 40 euros they’ll set you back.
The first thing you’ll notice about either Pro version is that
there’s a straightforward, easy-to-use GUI–no command line visits
for advanced features as there are with Lite. Both Pro Standard and
Advanced also support more virtual devices: 16 and 32 drives
respectively, and Advanced offers 2 virtual IDE devices in addition
to the Lite and Standard version’s SCSI devices. Both Pro versions
also let you mount the contents of an optical disc to an NTFS
folder (instead of a drive) as well as letting you edit images
(add, delete files, etc.).
Both the Standard and Advanced versions of Daemon Tools Pro
offer cataloging and creation of image files, but Advanced takes
things one step further with conversion between various image
types. All versions support a number of file formats: plain and
compressed ISO files and media descriptor (MDS), for starters, as
well as the formats belonging to Blindwrite, Blindread, Nero,
CloneCD, DiskJuggler, and InstantCD/DVD images.
The only real negative to Daemon Tools Pro is that it doesn’t
handle copy-protected discs. However, if you don’t need to
virtually mount commercial games or DVD movies, then one of the two
versions of DT Pro should provide all the capabilities you
Note: DT Pro Standard and Advanced are included in the
same download. You may choose which the one you wish to try at
install time via a drop-down menu.
–Jon L. Jacobi