DAEMON Tools Pro

DAEMON Tools Pro

Mount images and emulate CD, DVD, and Blu-ray drives
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Though by looking at his classic interface nothing seems to have changed, DAEMON Tools Pro has managed to excel itself once again. With a new Virtual Burner, this imaging tool has added the possibility of emulating the disc burning process to its long range of disc image-related functions. Not only it can mount any image in a snap, but it can also create, edit, and convert all kinds of images, as well as protect those using secure TrueCrypt containers.

After searching for all existing images on your system’s drives and creating a neat catalog of all of them, these are listed into two main groups, Images, and Devices. In the Images section, you will find all ISO, MDS, VHD, ZIP, CUE, NRG, IMG, and MDX containers stored on your computer, while the Devices section lists all physical and virtual devices present on your disks. All of these image file formats can be easily converted into ISO, MDX, and MDS files to fit your preferences, as well as edited in the most straightforward way. You can also create a new virtual hard drive in a snap, defining its size, the way it will be mounted when needed (as an HD drive or as removable storage), the type (dynamic or fixed drive), file system, etc.

As a professional emulation tool, DAEMON Tools Pro supports 32 DT, HD, and SCSI drives, as well as 4 IDE devices. Though easily performed by just double-clicking on the selected image, you can set advanced options to the emulation processes themselves, allowing you to attach a VD to a physical one, for instance. As mentioned, Virtual Burner – the program’s new addition to its already extensive functionality – will allow you to simulate disc-burning processes beforehand. As for other disc burning options, this tool can, of course, burn data with Recordable Media Physical Signature (RMPS), create audio CDs, and perform exact clones of your discs.

TrueCrypt containers are still there. This neat function has been designed to protect your disc image files by locking in password-protected containers your more sensitive data. You can determine the size of the file, the password to be used, the encryption and hash algorithms, the file system, and even the key files that will add an extra level of protection to your sensitive disc images.

Without big changes either in its appearance or in its functionality, this new version of this renowned classic emulation tool reaffirms its leading position as one of the most reliable imaging software programs available in the market.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Clear and intuitive interface.
  • Support for all known archive and disc image file types.
  • Virtual disc burning process.
  • Mounts all supported image files in a fast and efficient way.
  • Good choice of imaging tools.

Cons

  • No drawbacks found during the review.
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