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Heras  Identity Verified
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Aug 27, 2004

Does someone know how (with what program)I can run an application with .iso extension? If there is a specific program, where can I get it? Thanks a lot


Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Found on the Web. Hope it helps. Aug 27, 2004

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In common use, an "ISO" is a file that contains the complete image of a disc. Such files are often used when transferring CD-ROM images over the Internet. Depending on who you're talking to, "ISO" may refer to all disc image files or only certain kinds.

Going by the more restrictive definition, an "ISO" is created by copying an entire disc, from sector 0 to the end, into a file. Because the image file contains "cooked" 2048-byte sectors and nothing else, it isn't possible to store anything but a single data track in this fashion. Audio tracks, mixed-mode discs, CD+G, multisession, and other fancy formats can't be represented.

To work around this deficiency, software companies developed their own formats that *could* store diverse formats. Corel developed CIF, which is still in use by Roxio's Easy CD Creator. (What does CIF mean? Nobody knows, though "Corel Image Format" is as good a definition as any.) Jeff Arnold's CDRWIN created them as "BIN" files, with a separate "cue sheet" that described the contents. You can unpack a BIN/CUE combo with MagicISO.

A ".DAT" file could be most anything, but usually it's a video file pulled off of a VideoCD. A program can convert .DAT to .MPG, and recording programs like Nero can record them directly.

A ".ISO" file that contains an image of an ISO-9660 filesystem can be manipulated in a number of ways: it can be written to a CD-ROM; mounted as a device with the Linux "loopback" filesystem (e.g. "mount ./cdimg.iso /mnt/test -t iso9660 -o loop"); copied to a hard drive partition and mounted under UNIX; or viewed with MagicISO under Windows. There is no guarantee, however, that a ".ISO" file contains ISO-9660 filesystem data. And it is quite common to hear people refer to things as "ISO" which aren't.

A ".SUB" file appears to contain subchannel data. Some programs pass these around in addition to one of the above formats.

We now have many different file extensions, including ISO, BIN, IMG, CIF, FCD, NRG, GCD, PO1, C2D, CUE, CIF, CD, and MagicISO can open and manipulate just about any disc image format.


Doaa El Hefnawy  Identity Verified
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Two options for .iso files Aug 27, 2004

Files with .iso extension are files that are an image from a cd. You have two options. You can either choose to burn the file on a cd. You can use Nero, choose Recorder, Burn Image, specify the location of the file and then burn. The image burned on the cd will turn into a file that you can use. You can download a trial version of nero here:

The other option is a program called undisker which extracts the image to your computer. (I guess this is an easier option). The trial version can be downloaded here:
It is pretty simple to use, you just open the file and under Image you choose Extract To and then the file will be extracted and you can work on it from there (whatever its original format is).

Hope this helps you.


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Some Info Aug 27, 2004

A file with .iso extension is a file that contains a CD Image. You can use any CD burning software program to create copies of the CD.


Heras  Identity Verified
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Thanks Aug 27, 2004

Thanks to Jack and Doaa: very detailed explanations and very useful guidelines. Thanks again.


Baybars Araz  Identity Verified
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isobuster Aug 27, 2004

Hi Andres,

Try to find isobuster from various shareware sites. Best tool for such iso files...


Brandis (X)
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Isobuster Aug 27, 2004

Andrés Sareh wrote:

Does someone know how (with what program)I can run an application with .iso extension? If there is a specific program, where can I get it? Thanks a lot
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