PowerISO

PowerISO 7.3

Processes CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray disks, and various image files
4.3  (879 votes)
7.3 (See all)
Burns and copies CDs, DVDs, and BDs. Creates and mounts virtual images of disks on your PC. Supports ISO, BIN, CDI, DAA, NRG, and other image formats.

ISO image files are one of the best ways to preserve a byte-by-byte copy of your most valuable discs. PowerISO offers you all the tools you need to create, edit, protect, mount, modify, burn, and even convert your CD, DVD, or BD ISO clones in the most convenient way, together with some highly convenient disc-related utilities.

The program’s main interface resembles the one that most disc creation tools use. Actually, if you think of your ISO files as clones of discs that you can burn without losing a byte, it does make sense to have an interface that mimics disc-burning tools. All you have to do here is select the type and the size of the disc you want to use as a reference (from a floppy disk to a DVD), the files and folders that will go into the image file, and click on the Save button. Both your newly created ISO images and any other ISO file sitting on your drives can then be edited and modified in various ways using PowerISO’ s functionality.

Thus, you can add new files to your ISO image (subject to the space remaining in the virtual disc), expand it to its original files and folders or extract specific ones without altering the original ISO file. You can also create a bootable USB drive to fall back to in case of a PC failure, or compress your ISO images as DAA files, password-protect them against unauthorized use, and convert them from ISO to BIN/CUE and vice versa.

PowerISO comes also with a limited yet nice set of disc-related utilities that, though not strictly necessary to work with ISO or BIN images, they will help you make the most of this program. Thus, you will find a rewritable disc eraser, an audio conversion tool and player (with support for MP3, APE, Ogg, WAV, FLAC, and even WMA files), and the option to rip the audio tracks on any CD. These are certainly very convenient additions to an already extensive main functionality that covers all the utilities you require to create and modify your ISO files in a snap.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Includes an ISO to BIN converter
  • Creates ZIP and 7Z files
  • Offers CD rip capabilities
  • Mounts ISO files in virtual drives
  • Has audio conversion capabilities

Cons

  • Tries to install unrequested software tools
  • Supports ISO and BIN image files only
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