We get a lot of questions about creating ISO files. In case you are not familiar with what an ISO is, an ISO image is an archive file that includes the data contents from every written sector on an optical disc. It gives you an exact copy of your existing file system.
There are a few ways you can create ISO files. We gathered below five methods that will help you, with both free programs and native applications. You will also find methods for both Mac and PC users. Enjoy!
1st Method – Creating an ISO File from a CD/DVD/BD
- Download ISO software.
There are so many free programs that will help you to create ISO files from a CD, DVD, or Bluray disc. Two of the most frequently used are MagicISO and ImgBurn, but of course, you can download any program you want, as long as you do this directly from the developer site, not from suspicious locations.
- Install the ISO compiler.
Some programs come in a package with other programs that must be disabled during installation, but you can usually leave most of the default options as they are.
- Insert the disc.
Copying a disc to ISO format is called “ripping.” This allows you to create backups of any disc in single files.
- Begin the „ripping” process.
Find the “Create Image from Disc” button and then make sure the proper disc drive is selected.
- Choose where you want the file to be saved.
Make sure that your hard disk has plenty of space to store de ISO file because the ISO files will have the same size as the original disc. You will need to save the file somewhere on your computer while it is being created. This is really important in the case of Blu-Rays because they can reach sizes up to 50 GB.
- Wait for the ripping process to finish.
Once you’ve chosen where you want the file to be saved, the ripping process begins. Especially with BDs, the process can take some considerable amount of time. When the ripping process is done, the ISO file will be in the location you picked out earlier. Now, the file can be burned or mounted.
This isn’t the only method for creating ISO files, you can also create them on your PC. Tomorrow, we’ll show you more about creating an ISO.