Disc images such as ISO files are a great way to work with copies of CDs and DVDs, and it is quite common to find that software is provided in this format.
Ordinarily, to make use of disc image files they would need to be burned to disc, but by using Prismo File Mount you can mount the file so that it can be accessed as a virtual drive. Let’s
Working with disc images in this way has a number of advantages. Firstly, it saves you the hassle of changing discs when you want to use different programs, and it is great if you are traveling and do not want to carry a stack of CDs and DVD with you.
Disc images are also very useful for laptops that do not have an optical drive – just mount an image file and you can make use of a disc without the need to buy an external optical drive. As an added bonus, the program also includes a handy secure feature that can be used to prevent access to private files by adding them to password protected folders.
Installation and Getting Started
Fire up the web browser of your choosing and pay a visit to the Prismo File Mount home page and click the Download link to the left. To the right, click the Download Windows Install package link and save the file to the desktop.
There is nothing unusual about the install process, so run through it in the normal way and click the Close button when it is finished. To ensure that all of the necessary files are copied into place and your system is properly updated, restart Windows before continuing.
Browse Images as Folders
There are a large number of software downloads that are provided in ISO format, but you can also create your own using disc burning software such as Nero. This enables you to make an exact copy of an existing CD or DVD and store the contents in a single file.
The same technique can be used to create copies of almost any disc, and you may find it useful to store such disc images either on your hard drive or a network location that can be accessed from any of your computers.
The quickest way to mount an image is to right click an ISO file and select the Quick Mount option from the menu that appears.
If you then double click the Prismo File Mount icon in the system tray, you will see an entry for the image you have just mounted. By double clicking this entry, you can browse through the contents of the disc image as though it was a folder.
When the mounted image is no longer needed, just right click it and select the Unmount option.
Full Disc Mounting
The second option is to mount a disc image so that it is assigned a drive letter and is displayed in Explorer as a regular drive.
To do this, right click an ISO file and select the Mount option from the menu that is displayed. In the dialog that appears, select the Entire system option in the Mount visibility section to ensure that the program has sufficient privileges to make use of the image.
You can then choose what drive letter should be assigned to the mounted image by making a selection from the Map drive drop down menu. You can also choose whether the disc should be made read-only or whether write access should be granted so that additional files can be added to it.
Make sure that the Open after mount option is ticked at the bottom of the dialog and then click Mount. You can now use the image file as if it was a regular disc.
As before, you cam unmount a disc you no longer need, and you can mount numerous images at the same time so you can access multiple discs with ease.
Securing Private Data
Prismo File Mount can also be used to prevent unwanted access to your sensitive files. Right click an empty section of the desktop, or within an existing folder and select New followed by Private Folder.
Enter a name for the folder and use the Browse button if you would like to create it in a different location. In addition to password protection, file compression can be used to reduce the amount of disc space needed to house the private folder, and this can be activated by ticking the box labelled Use data compression to reduce file size.
To ensure privacy, tick the box labelled Encrypt data using password as a key and then enter and confirm the password you would like to use before clicking the OK button.
Private folder need to be mounted in the same way as a disc image, and if you double click such a folder the Mount Options dialog will be displayed. After configuring the mounting options you would like to use, you’ll be prompted to enter the password you have configured before access will be granted. To prevent other people from accessing your files when you walk away from your computer, you should unmount the private folder by making use of the system tray icon as described earlier.
Whether you’re looking for a way to avoid having to use cumbersome CDs and DVDs, or need a way to secure your private data, Prismo File Mount is an interesting tool that combines both of these features.
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