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MagicDisc

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MagicISO's MagicDisc Virtual CD/DVD-ROM is a free tool that lets you create and use virtual CD and DVD discs that play just like the real thing, only you don't need to open and close the disc tray. You can create up to 15 virtual discs, which you can configure like any real disc: audio CD, DVD, game disc, or rewritable disc. You can create audio programs, save them as ISO images, and play them like an audio CD without having to burn them to disc. The tool offers versatile compression, encryption, and mounting options, too. It supports a huge range of optical disc formats, including some we hadn't seen before. MagicDisc is freeware that also integrates with the developer's premium MagicISO tool for more capabilities.

As part of the setup process, MagicDisc installs a virtual DVD-ROM driver. In addition to its tray icon, MagicDisc uses a series of pop-ups and dialogs for features and options. At various points, MagicDisc offers succinct explanations of choices and features; for instance, "Why use UIF instead of ISO and ZIP?" But it also offers a full browser-based manual as well as a long list of tutorials and support options. Virtual discs created with MagicDisc appear as regular optical drives in Explorer.

Creating and mounting disc images is easy with MagicDisc's wizardlike process. We started by creating an ISO image of an audio CD. A compact dialog let us choose our DVD-RW drive or one of MagicDisc's virtual discs. We named our file and chose an output directory, and then chose the output format from a drop-down menu offering Universal Image Format (the default choice) as well as ISO, BIN/CUE, and NRG disc formats. Clicking OK started the process, which finished quickly. Then we right-clicked one of our virtual drives, clicked Mount, and selected our new UIF file. Seconds later, Windows showed an audio CD containing identical content to our original that played normally. MagicDisc let us edit, unmount, or burn our disc image to a real disc.

With 200X searching speed and no device noise, MagicDisc not only expands your optical disc capabilities but also improves them.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 246 votes

    • 5 star: 103
    • 4 star: 47
    • 3 star: 13
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 70
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 105 votes

    • 5 star: 39
    • 4 star: 28
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 25
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't work and could not uninstall"

    January 19, 2014  |   By sHba191919

    Version: MagicDisc 2.7.106

    Pros

    no pros....wasted my whole evening and my computer is still f**ked up

    Cons

    1. Doesn't work on win7
    2. Unable to uninstall
    3. windows start time climbed to 1 minute (from not more than 15 seconds)

    horrible!

    And I am not a stupid newbie, I went through hell including safe mode, registry, examining drivers and what's not

    Summary

    Just google for "uninstall magicdisk" and find out yourself about the horror

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Comes with malware, avoid"

    November 14, 2013  |   By amd098

    Version: MagicDisc 2.7.106

    Pros

    Great disc mounting program!

    Cons

    Bundled with malware. Older versions allowed you to uncheck them, but now you get a forced install of Connect Toolbar, which gives you even more malware "Yo dawg we heard you like malware so we put malware in your malware".

    Summary

    Was once a good program, but then now it's too malware ridden that I would suggest avoiding it. Sorry Magic Disc, used you for a while, but now, it's over.

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  • 4.0 stars

    ""All in one""

    October 1, 2013  |   By alexpeter211

    Version: MagicDisc 2.7.106

    Pros

    You can create multiple virtual drives and the main thing is that you does not need any kind of hardware to make virtual CD's/DVD 's

    Cons

    not yet found...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Start with a Deceptive Installation"

    June 24, 2013  |   By ThorsHammer

    Version: MagicDisc 2.7.106

    Pros

    I can think of none, since there are other programs that do the same thing better without attempting to trick you into installing garbageware.

    Cons

    The start of the installation process raised an instant Red Flag. Though technically the additional programs(crap ware) were of the opt-out variety the way they are presented appears designed to not give you that option. The un-select boxes are exceptionally small and tend to blend in.

    Summary

    If you decide to even glimpse an install of this program I suggest you have a 3rd party uninstaller readily available such as Revo.

    There are other programs that do similiar things without the addition of trying to trick you into installing a bunch of programs you don't want. Avoid this.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Dumps bunches of crap-apps on your system"

    May 26, 2013  |   By bhuett

    Version: MagicDisc 2.7.106

    Pros

    Magic Disk itself is a simple enough and useful app for mounting .iso files.

    Cons

    This is a VERY BIG Con. The install process installs a raft of unasked for and unwanted apps on you system. It also usurps your home page on your browser pointing to some garbage site that tries to draw you in to installing yet more crap. There seems to be now way to prevent these from being installed.

    Summary

    Find another app

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Works butt does not want to uninstall."

    May 22, 2013  |   By anothergamer

    Version: MagicDisc 2.7.106

    Pros

    Small download,works ok,free

    Cons

    This program does not want to uninstall in add or remove it gives an error.This program places itself on startup without asking.There are virtually no options to speak of.

    Summary

    I can forgive it placeing itself on startup,butt I could never forgive ANY software for refuseing to uninstall.Thus the low rateing.Lucky for me REVO UNINSTALLER got this malware out.
    Five stars for REVO!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Safer than deamon tool"

    May 10, 2013  |   By typtyphus01

    Version: MagicDisc 2.7.106

    Pros

    no malware
    small downloadsize
    fast

    Cons

    not getting enough attention

    Summary

    highly recommended

    Updated on May 10, 2013

    best to download from the orignal site. cnet also has a habit of installing extra software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I use this all the time."

    March 11, 2013  |   By tylerdurden123paperst

    Version: MagicDisc 2.7.106

    Pros

    Not sure why this software is only getting an average of 3 star ratings. Maybe other people don't know how to use it?? Or maybe I'm missing something... but this is must-have software if you want to mount images (iso's) to install whatever software or game you like. I install Magic Disk on all of my PC's right after I install Open Office (the free word-writing program that is sooooo underrated by those who choose to actually pay money for the exact same software called Microsoft Word.) Hint. Hint. I have a real problem with these companies making money off of people without informing us that we can get the same exact software FOR FREE from somewhere else and it is TOTALLY LEGAL. Hopefully soon in our future everything will be OPEN SOURCE so that we can push the evolution of technology to the next level. Have a wonderful day.

    Cons

    Sometimes this software does not UNMOUNT properly when you click it. No big deal you just have to MOUNT another program in its place or use the UNMOUNT ALL DRIVES button... thus the reason for 4.5 stars instead of 5.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Product"

    February 3, 2013  |   By JasonTEPOORTEN

    Version: MagicDisc 2.7.106

    Pros

    - Easy to Install;
    - Easy to make ISO; and
    - Easy to mount ISO.

    Cons

    None - Nil

    Summary

    I have used this program since it was first released on my PC at home and at work.

    I have found this program to operate as expected, and with ease.

    I have downloaded this program a while back.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "As reviewed. Program removal difficult."

    January 9, 2013  |   By Serenity2088

    Version: MagicDisc 2.7.106

    Pros

    Did not use the program for its intended purpose.

    Cons

    Cannot remove this program through Control Panel.

    Summary

    I downloaded this program (against the advice of previous reviewers) because it was suggested as a help to troubleshoot my CD/DVD burner. I tried to remove the program after I'd completed my troubleshooting but 'uninstall' was not an available option in Control Panel>Programs. Fortunately I was able to use a restore point prior to Magic Disc's installation and that seemed to do the trick. My advice is only download this program if you KNOW it's what you're looking for and create at least one restore point before the installation (for some reason my first restore point didn't take.)

    I give it a low star rating because of the removal difficulty. I haven't used the program for its intended purpose so I cannot rate it on that basis.

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