I have been a big fan of Daemon tools for their capability to mount any kind of image files in a simple way. But it seems Daemon tools are on a different path. Right now, i am unable to find the free lite version which was used to be there few months back.

That made me start searching for a good alternative. I was also hoping that the alternative should be compatible with Windows 7. Then i came across Gizmo Drive, which surpisingly offer tons of features even more than Daemon tools lite (The free Version). Some of the features of Gizmo Drive are :

  • Mount ISO, BIN, CUE, NRG files to a virtual CD-ROM drive
  • Mount VHD files, used with Microsoft Virtual PC
  • Mount password protected images to a virtual hard drive
  • Encrypt HD images using a passphrase
  • Protect vital files from hackers using encrypted HD images
  • Mount IMG files to a virtual drive
  • Mount and unmount files from the Windows Shell
  • Mount and unmount files from the command line
  • Support for compression and sparse HD images

Gizmo-Drive-FullSupported Platforms:

* Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
* Windows Server 2008 (32-bit/64-bit)
* Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit)
* Windows Server 2003 (32-bit/64-bit)
* Windows XP (32-bit/64-bit)
* Windows 2000

As you can see, it supports both 32 bit and 64 bit of Windows 7 and vista too.In addition to mounting images to virtual drives, it allows you to create ISO images too from a disk or folder, and burn the contents of an ISO file or a folder to a recordable disk.

I still need to use it extensively before i can pronounce it better than daemon tools but for the time being , it looks equivalent if not bettr than daemon tools.

Download Gizmo Drive.