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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 User Reviews
  • 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:

    2.2 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 1.0 stars

    "WARNING I SUGGEST YOU DON'T DOWNLOAD"

    January 12, 2013  |   By Andrew Hay

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.45.4

    Pros

    Until now I've never had any problems with it and find it very good for what I need it for. That is just to use it as a virtual DVD drive.

    Cons

    I recently, today (Jan 12, 2013), downloaded this Daemon Tools Lite to update the version I had already. Despite me unchecking the three boxes to say that I didn't want thr "Incredibar" toolbar or to have it as my "Home Page" or "Accept their T&Ca" it installed anyway!! My Comodo Firewall signalled it as KNOWN Malware. I am still in the process of getting rid of it after 3 hours of my time. It infected all my browsers (MSIE, Firefox and Chrome) and Hijacked my home page on ALL 3 Browsers.

    Summary

    If you want to get an infected computer DOWNLOAD otherwise find another program for "Virtual DVD Drive"

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Trojan in File scan it!"

    January 7, 2013  |   By AzionAwakened

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.45.4

    Pros

    None. Didn't even try installing once my anti-virus warnings appeared.

    Cons

    Trojan in the exe. I thought CNet was safe and at least checked the files.

    Summary

    Cnet the editor of this must be new to or enjoys infected files this is sad.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT DOWNLOAD"

    December 14, 2012  |   By Doubledee123

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.45.4

    Pros

    EVEN WHEN YOU UNTICK ALL THE EXTRA PROGRAMS IT STILL PUTS THEM ON. GOOGLE CHROMES HOMEPAGE IS NOW PERMANANTLY "CLARO SEARCH" EVENAFTER UNINSTALLING IT

    Cons

    JUST DONT DOWNLOAD IT

    Summary

    GOOD WORK CNET.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs crap s/w in2 your browsers w/out your consent"

    October 5, 2012  |   By berserkLP

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.45.4

    Pros

    Great product if it weren't for the cons below

    Cons

    Installs some software into all your internet browsers. I had change to my about:config file in Firefox just to get rid of the stupid thing. There is no warning that this software will be installed it is just installed without your consent. If i were downloading a new search bar for my browser i would download one not download daemon tools to get a new search bar. Let the person installing know you are going to install other crap software as well so then we have the choice to use another program that doesnt install some random search bar without our consent.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "WARNING SEVERE"

    September 23, 2012  |   By bill3333

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.45.4

    Pros

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD FROM CNET
    BECAUSE THEY FORCE AN INSTALL OF THE BECKO TOOLBAR
    EVEN THOUGH YOU UNTICK THE OPTION TO INSTALL IT
    WHICH REMOVES YOUR GOOGLE UPDATE FILES
    250 REG ENTRIES HAVE BEEN MADE USELESS
    PLUS A FEW OTHER THINGS

    Cons

    AVOID CNET DOWNLOADS FROM NOW ON
    IT TOOK ME HALF AN HOUR TO RESTORE MY COMPUTERS SYSTEM

    Summary

    DISGUSTING BEHAVIOR CNET

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Blazing fast Virtual DVD"

    September 12, 2012  |   By Mikeb00

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.45.4

    Pros

    Simple to use desktop widget makes this tool even simpler to use. Run you DVD images in seconds

    Cons

    None that I can think of

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Better than SlySoft"

    August 6, 2012  |   By Gwen_Weasley

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.45.4

    Pros

    SlySoft Virtual Clone Manager will not work on Vista, but this acts like it's part of the computer upon purchase. I didn't even have to restart after installation. So easy, I can't believe I wasted my time trying to make the other one work.

    Cons

    Have not found any cons.

    Summary

    Don't waste your time with the one with the sheep in the logo. It won't work for a computer older than 1 year.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cnet is a Virus supply store"

    June 27, 2012  |   By Humasima

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.45.4

    Pros

    A pro would be this site shutting down.

    Cons

    Virus's are rampant throughout Cnet. I would never download anything from this site ever again.

    Summary

    Virus's are only detected through a boot scan.
    Cnet should be held to a class action suit for all the infections they provided.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Undetected Virus!"

    June 16, 2012  |   By escobedo1210

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.45.4

    Pros

    Anything that tries to download blekko toolbar is a virus!

    Cons

    Win32:installcore-AM[PUP] virus! It can only be detected on a boot scan!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "WARNING VIRUS"

    May 24, 2012  |   By palmakuykendall

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.45.4

    Pros

    NONE NONE NONE

    Cons

    THIS IS HAS A VIRUS I HAD TO HAVE DELL HELP ME ALL DAY IT SCREWED UP MY COMPUTER AND LUCKY I HAD A TECH THAT FIGURED OUT HOW TO SAVE ALL MY DATA. THIS SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF DOWNLOADS LIST IT IS NOT SAFE....I AM JUST SAYING IS WAS MY NIGHTMARE.

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