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Old 02-21-2006, 08:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightweight geek question: ISO format

I - ahem - came across a file in ISO format that I want to burn to a DVD.

I have DVD rendering software, but it doesn't know what to do with the file.

Do I just copy this file to DVD, or do I need to take an intermediate step to convert it to DVD format?
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Old 02-21-2006, 08:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You'll need to find DVD burning software that handles ISOs.

I use Nero ...
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Old 02-21-2006, 09:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks. Follow-up:

So I don't just copy the file straight to a DVD as if it were a simple data file? I need to get something that can open the format, then render it for DVD?
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Old 02-21-2006, 09:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes. The ISO format is a copy of the actual bits as they were read from the source. That means you need a program that knows what to do with those bits to burn them to a DVD disc.

Nero will open ISO files and burn them for you. You need a DVD burner for DVD ISOs, not a CD burner, because those two types of discs are vastly different from one another.
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Old 02-22-2006, 06:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok thanks.

Since Nero seems to be 90 bucks or so, I think I will try to look for a good freeware/shareware application...
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Old 02-22-2006, 07:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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<a href="http://tech-recipes.com/windows_tips620.html">HERE</a>'s a link to a posting about a free piece of software made (but not supported) by Microsoft that will mount that ISO file as a "virtual drive", so you can read from it as if it was on a DVD in your dvd player, but without having to actually burn it.

There are other commercial programs that do this (Alcohol 110% is the one that comes to mind), but this one's free and seems to work great.
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Old 02-22-2006, 12:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ah, thanks for that. At least I can check it out on the PC.

Was hoping to actually burn to DVD, however, so I could see it on regular TV with surround sound and all that goodness.
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Old 02-22-2006, 12:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Oodles of free burning programs out there. This is a pretty good one...

http://www.deepburner.com/?r=product...r&prr=features
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Old 02-22-2006, 06:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Most burning programs are able to burn copies from one drive to another, so once you have the ISO mounted as a virtual drive you should be able to burn a copy from it.
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Old 02-22-2006, 08:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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http://www.cdburnerxp.se/features.php

That's what I used in Windows.
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