An ISO image is a duplicated image of the content of another CD or DVD, and you can choose to either run the content directly from the image, or can create another duplicate CD or DVD. It is simply the virtual image of a CD or a DVD and to use it one needs to know how to burn it to a DVD or CD. You have to obtain a software that enables you to undertake this task. There are plenty of such applications available on the Internet for free.
This process is mostly used by people who play PC games but it can be used for storing other data as well. Some people download ISO images of other files like operating systems, media players, editing softwares, etc, and create its DVD and use it.
The image in itself is enough to make the computer think that a disc is inside but making a DVD out of the content ensures that the backup is available.
The first thing you need to do is to get a good burning software installed on your machine. There are many softwares available in the market and one can download them from Internet.
As mentioned earlier, the actual process of burning an ISO can be completed within 10 minutes. All you need to do is open the DVD burning software and locate an option called 'Burn an Image File'. Then you can locate the ISO file on your machine, insert a blank DVD inside the tray, and start the process.
However, one should note that burning the copyrighted content and further distributing it can be illegal. Hence, you must be very careful about what you do with the ISO file that you burn.
Here are some of the softwares that you can use. They all come with a help section which can also help you burn an ISO image.
- Active @ ISO Burner
- Burn Aware Free
- Burn CDCC
- DeepBurner Free
- Express Burn
- Final Burner Free
- GEAR ISO Burn
- Image Burn
- ImgTool Classic
- ISO CD Burner
- ISO Recorder
Please note that these are all open source softwares and hence, anyone can use them for free. There are some other softwares which come with extra features but you need to buy them.