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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: 1
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Works, however has unwanted software included."

    March 14, 2013  |   By stil7z

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.46.1

    Pros

    Software does what it is supposed to as well as boast support that an alt such as MagicDisc does not offer.

    Cons

    Comes with DeltaSearch toolbar however regardless of whether or not you agree to install, it will place it on your system anyway. Simple to remove once you google it, but kind of a hassle considering previous versions of this software did not suffer the same problem.

    Summary

    Good software and company however it seems they're partners are questionable at best.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Like malware? This one's for you!"

    March 11, 2013  |   By mtnguy2013

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.46.1

    Pros

    don't know...was so aggrevated with the malware that I didn't learn to use it Took a couple of days to figure out where the malware had come from.

    Cons

    Despite claims to the contrary, this download does include malware and it is difficult to remove.

    Summary

    Just say no. I am shocked that C|net is so lax as to allow vendors to pull this off on C|net users. Problems have been reported for a month and the editors' recommentation is still in place.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "BOO CNET, Installed Two Unwanted Programs and a Toolbar"

    March 11, 2013  |   By ffredds

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.46.1

    Pros

    Unwanted Promos for games, can add virtual drive

    Cons

    Unwanted Adware,

    Summary

    Uninstall with Advanced uninstaller 11, works great ! !

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cnet should be ashamed"

    March 9, 2013  |   By steambizzle

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.46.1

    Pros

    N/A, see cons

    Cons

    Upon downloading daemontools, be prepared to hunt through your computer deleting all the bloatware crap it install (without your permission) that changes all your browser settings, redirects pages, and captures information.

    Summary

    What a terrible piece of software. At the very LEAST, cnet should warn users the program they are downloading to mount cds is going to install unwanted harmful software.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great program, horrible installer"

    March 9, 2013  |   By zVetrov

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.46.1

    Pros

    This does what it needs to do. You can work with ISO and similar files with little difficulty.

    Cons

    Cannot burn images with free license.

    Installer is filled with shady attempts to install junk on your hardware.

    Summary

    Be slow and cautious when installing, as developers were sneaky with how they tried to get you to install junkware.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Loaded with Adware!! Avoid!"

    March 1, 2013  |   By zincmann

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.46.1

    Pros

    Software did what I needed it to do

    Cons

    Even though i unchecked every malicious backdoor application it wanted to install I must have missed one because it installed some horrible adware on my PC and i had to dig to get it out.

    Summary

    Unless you need this dont install!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do Not trust this company. Boo, hiss, boo,"

    February 26, 2013  |   By Data_Dude_Too

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.46.1

    Pros

    Didn't even get to try the actual program since the install added unwanted software and created problems.

    Cons

    installs unwanted software & then makes it difficult to uninstall. I am still trying to remove the hidden hooks.

    Summary

    I would not trust software from this company. The positive reviews are probably from employees, and not actual users. I am disappointed in Cnet for allowing them to post.
    SHAME on them

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best, Just take your time with the installer."

    February 22, 2013  |   By LordXombie

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.46.1

    Pros

    Does everything. Just double click on a iso and bam it mounts.

    Cons

    cant burn iso to dvd or cd.

    Summary

    Like i said take your time with the installer. They ASK if you would like the toolbar, and a few other things. uncheck those and your good. THEY DON'T JUST INSTALL THEM WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION. EVERYONE THAT SAYS THE INSTALLED STUFF WITHOUT THERE PERMISSION RUSHED THREW THE INSTALLER. other than that this program has served me for many years. iv even contemplated buying the pro version.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great DVD/CD Emulator (Just DECLINE unwanted software)"

    February 13, 2013  |   By epena6

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.46.1

    Pros

    Works perfectly as a DVD/CD Emulator.

    Cons

    Must read the fine print and DECLINE additional software (Coupon Companion, Strongvault, and SearchYa Toolbar). Those complaining about spam in this software likely didn't carefully read through each install step in the install wizard.

    Summary

    It may be tedious but read the fine print when installing software, especially when it's free.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "SPAM SPAM and MOre SPAM with SPAM on it"

    February 12, 2013  |   By britjoe

    Version: Daemon Tools Lite 4.46.1

    Pros

    didnt even try the software, because even though I tried not giving permission to load all the spam that came with this download it installed it anyway and it also changed my home page on my browsers, and installed tool bars......I DONT WANT!!

    Cons

    See above,,Cent you need to stop this I wont be downloading anything from your site again.
    its Made me very ANGRY!!

    Summary

    CNET should be ashamed of yourself.

    DONT DO IT CNET....whats a matter have trouble paying your bills CNET.

    Im ok I can uninstall all this crap. others wont be as lucky.
    AWFUL.

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