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DAEMON Tools Lite

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Daemon Tools Lite is a free tool that lets you create and burn simple disk images and add up to four virtual DVD drives to your system. These drives work just like a physical optical drive, only you don't have to keep shoving disks in and out of the tray. You can store your DVD and CD content on your hard disk and access the data quickly.

Daemon Tools Lite has significant advantages over many similar tools. For instance, it doesn't use a proprietary container format, which makes it widely compatible and gives you more options when burning or checking disks. Daemon Tools Lite mounts most disc image types, and creates ISO, MDS/MDF, and MDX images of CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs. It also compresses disc images and enables password protection.

Daemon Tools Lite's user interface is plain and simple but with an efficient layout that is crisply rendered. The larger of two windows displays your Image Catalog; below it, a narrow window displays your added drives, starting with the first virtual drive. Daemon Tools Lite creates two types of virtual drive: DT virtual devices, which offer basic emulating capabilities, and SCSI virtual devices, which emulate discs with special signatures such as security locks. Most users will find DT virtual devices sufficient for day-to-day use. The toolbar separating the upper and lower windows contains all of Daemon Tools Lite's controls, starting with Add Image controls. We could mount and unmount images, add DT and SCSI virtual devices, remove existing virtual drives, and create disc images. A Preferences tool let us configure everything from Hotkeys to Confirmations.

Daemon Tools Lite is easy to use. We clicked Add Image, browsed to some ISO images, and added them to the Image Catalog. Then it was a simple matter of selecting drive and image and clicking the Mount arrow. We were able to access our new drive normally in Explorer. Daemon Tools Lite is a great choice for laptops, especially those that lack optical drives. But anyone who uses DVDs or CDs for data or pleasure can save time and power by using virtual disc drives instead of spinning plastic.

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  • All versions:

    3.3 stars

    out of 180 votes

    • 5 star: 64
    • 4 star: 44
    • 3 star: 13
    • 2 star: 8
    • 1 star: 51
  • Current version:

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  • 5.0 stars

    "acceptable util"

    April 11, 2014  |   By tuzuuaqOak

    Version: DAEMON Tools Lite 4.49.1

    Pros

    Does not waste your time. Works very well.See for your self.Get it now.

    Cons

    No charge. Other than that.....:-) ....

    Summary

    Simply great stuff.My top two must-have apps is this and *********. , I mean it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Contains HIDDEN MALWARE! Don't download!"

    April 10, 2014  |   By Swiftek

    Version: DAEMON Tools Lite 4.49.1

    Pros

    It would be a decent disk image tool, but having malware obviously ruins it.

    Cons

    Contains HIDDEN (that's the kicker) adware called "BITOOL" that is not described anywhere the typical user would ever see. The developers of Daemon Tools Lite first lied by claiming a false positive, but then finally admitted to intentionally putting it in their product, and now defiantly refuses to remove it or to declare it openly to users. This kind of behavior from a software vendor is absolutely inexcusable.

    Summary

    The developer is dishonest. Don't support them or their products! There are better tools out there for free. "Virtual Clone Drive" is a great one I've chosen to take the place of Daemon Tools Lite - it's free in cost and free of malware.

    Updated on Apr 16, 2014

    Infected with MALWARE! Stay away!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Auto accepts ads"

    March 22, 2014  |   By skangobank

    Version: DAEMON Tools Lite 4.49.1

    Pros

    Mounts .iso files

    Cons

    Has ads on the right hand side with the message "If you do not respond in 3 minutes answer will default to yes."

    That's malware.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works well but may not be necessary."

    March 15, 2014  |   By alexmonte

    Version: DAEMON Tools Lite 4.49.1

    Pros

    It works fine and should be great for users of previous windows operating systems. If you are like me and Windows 8 tends to throw curveballs at you, this would be a good software to use.

    Cons

    Windows 8 *should* be able to mount ISO files without this software; however, in my case it only asks what program to use to open the file.... I probably just screwed something up in the settings or default programs but in any case windows won't do it for me. If you can get windows to mount it for you then you really don't need this.

    Summary

    Windows 8 users really don't need this unless you've done something wrong. If you did screw something up or if you are using a different OS this would be a good tool to have.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Question for ya'll"

    March 15, 2014  |   By klepp0906

    Version: DAEMON Tools Lite 4.49.1

    Pros

    Is daemon tools needed anymore?

    Cons

    since windows 8 has built in iso and vhd mounting

    Summary

    Im considering it but if it has no benefits as opposed to the native mounting built into windows now... the choice is obvious.

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