How to Use Daemon Tools, a Free Virtual CD, DVD and Disk Emulator

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 DAEMON Tools is the leading disk image emulator which can be used to mount images of a CD or DVD on virtual drives.

Advantages of using DAEMON Tools:

1. Using such a disk image emulator means that you don’t have to swap disks if you wish to run different programs
3. DAEMON tools lets you bypass a lot of copyright restrictions in game CD’s or DVD’s. DAEMON Tools enables users to run games and other programs on their laptops without requiring them to bring an entire library of CD or DVD media around with them, which is safer and more convenient.2. With the need to contantly swap disks, you eliminate the possibility of scratching of the disc.

Daemon Tools logo

4. Several disk images can be loaded at once, which can be useful for installing or using software that ships on multiple discs and requires shuffling between them during use.

DAEMON Tools supports the following image files:

* cue/bin
* iso
* ccd (CloneCD)
* bwt (Blindwrite)
* mds (Media Descriptor File)
* cdi (Discjuggler)
* nrg (Nero)
* pdi (Instant CD/DVD)
* b5t (BlindWrite 5)

Installation of DAEMON Tools (for all Operating Systems)

Step # 1: Download Daemon tools from Daemon tools download site

Download the latest version of DAEMON Tools (v 4.09.1 released April 16, 2007)

Step # 2: Open Daemon.exe and click Install

Step # 3: Follow the on-screen instructions. You maybe required to reboot your computer before running DAEMON Tools. After reboot, a SCSI controller will be added

How to Mount an Image using DAEMON Tools

1. Right-click on the DAEMON Tools trayicon
2. Select Virtual CD/DVD-ROM
3. Select Device
4. Click Mount
5. Browse and select the image you wish to mount
6. Click OK or double-click on the file to mount

Potential for copyright infringement

Though they have many legitimate uses, a potential use of emulation tools such as this one is to copy copy-protected material, which may violate copyright law. To curb the act of copyright infringement, the authors of emulation tools usually state that they do not endorse copyright infringement and that their tools should not be used for that purpose.

Some software publishers, particularly game publishers, go to great lengths to try to disable or frustrate DAEMON Tools. For example, some games will check to see if the driver for DAEMON Tools is loaded, and if so will take some action, such as refusing to run, or uninstalling the toolset (even if the game was bought legally). Typically, as such copy protections are deployed, new versions of DAEMON Tools are released. For example, revision 4.06 randomizes the name of the virtual driver installed by the software.

Warning: The author or AskStudent do not endorse using Daemon Tools for Copyright infrigement. Obtaining or distributing copyright content is against the law. Please use legal means to play the games or run the software you need.

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  1. im trying to run the Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire pc game and i did the mounting and attaching to physical device. After that a message popped up and said ” Please insert CD/DVD 2 in drive D:. so i repeated allt he steps again but the message still occurs. can someone post above and tell me what i have to do?????????

  2. i have downloaded need for speed shift and when i try to use daemon tools it says i have not got the right disk in can anybody help plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  3. I downloaded Need for Speed Shift, installed but when I open, a pop up says please insert an original CD/DVD although I mounted it already. Please advice me.

  4. , when i try to open my game it says please insert the original disc instead of back updisk and i dont have the original disc the game is in 2 file in winrar format which is already mounted.
    In past i have played this game in the same format but now it is not wrking.. and i have done all the basic troble shooting…….pls help

  5. my computer says to insert the correct CD-ROM,select OK and restart the application,
    and i don’t know the problem.
    please help

  6. i’d already used daemon tools, but if the pc games (5Gb) required 2 dvd…and the computer ask me to insert the 2nd disk….how??? plizzz

  7. i’ve done what you said but when i run it it says windows cannot read the from the disc. sumthing i missed? or done wrong?

  8. i want to play prince of persia- the two thrones. To play that, it was given that i’ve to install daemon tools. When i tried to install daemon tools, it gave an error that “It is not compatible with my system”. Can u tell me the solution.. i’ve 320 gb hdd, 3 gb ram. os- windows vista: home basic.. is it necessary to install daemon tools to play pop: the 2 thrones ?? Help me out!!!

    • you have to crack it by copying the contents of crack folder (which should be on your pop 2 thrones disk) to the folder you have installed the game in

  9. i want to play prince of persia- the two thrones. To play that, it was given that i’ve to install daemon tools. When i tried to install daemon tools, it gave an error that “It is not compatible with my system”. Can u tell me the solution.. i’ve 320 gb hdd, 3 gb ram. os- windows vista: home basic.. is it necessary to install daemon tools to play pop: the 2 thrones ?? Help me out!!

  10. i have a map with a lot of iso files inside (you know winrar files) and i need to convert them into an image file so i can use that game -.-

  11. i installed civilization 4 and i cant play it cause it says i need the disk, but i dont have the disk, so how do i play it without a disk? I tryed all that mount shit and it stilll says that need the disk, i have the crack…..anyone wanna buy lol (joke)

  12. Hey wud up guys, i really wuld like sum1 2 hlp me out. Ok here goes. I jst gat nfs prostreet but it was in .7z file format so i extracted d files using universal extractor but ani time i click d autorun/EAsetup it keeps telling me to insert d nfsprostreet cd/dvd? Can sum1 plss tell me hw 2 install it. Wuld appreciate it, mi mail badbanky@yahoo.Com. 1luv 2 yall.

  13. Hey…..i dont know whats causing this problem but whenever i mount an image(iso) from a back up copy of Sims 2(its got a crack)…….it either comes “Please insert a disk into drive H:” (thats my virtual drive) or when the setup for game installation is running a message saying a problem has occured appears…..my computer’s real dVd drive is G:……..should i change the drive letter in my comp coz DT cant set parameters above H??if so how should i do it?……please help ive been wanting to play this game like forever!!!

  14. this worked great the first time, but i’m confused i make a virtual drive and it doesn’t show up on my computer, I can mount but I can’t intall.

    CAN ANYBODY HELP ME

  15. Daemon Tools works perfectly fine, and it allows me to play Titan Quest: The Immortal Throne perfectly. Thanks a lot whoever made it =D

    people who dont know how to use it: wow. it’s really the simplest thing. stick the cd u want to mount into ur cd tray, close the cd tray, right click the little lightning bolt thingy, and then click disk imaging, then select which one to mount… its not that hard.

  16. once you mount the iso, go to my computer and run if from there, once installed, and if the program requires a CD once installed, make sure the disk is always mounted when required

  17. I downloaded an Adobe ISO, I mounted it, ran the file, then just before instillation it asks me to insert the disk, but the disk is in the drive it’s asking me to put it into…

  18. ayee i downloaded starcarft coz my disk broke right and i mounted it then went to my computer, then clicked play and it tells me it cant read the disc HELP ME ASAP

  19. chris: an image is the file that is usually on a CD that lets the game run. if you install the Daemon tools lite version from the official website you can then open it and look down by your clock in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. right click and select the file you need to mount and click mount.

  20. daemon tools is easy to use, if u need any help using it, tell me your problem and i’ll tell you the steps to fix it

    • I downloaded an Adobe ISO, I mounted it, ran the file, then just before instillation it asks me to insert the disk, but the disk is in the drive it’s asking me to put it into…

      Help?

      • change the drive character eg d:/ to e:/ which might help or check to see you have the updated version of daemon tools

        if you give me your email you send you the full version of the daemon tools

    • Hey…..i dont know whats causing this problem but whenever i mount an image(iso) from a back up copy of Sims 2(its got a crack)…….it either comes “Please insert a disk into drive H:” (thats my virtual drive) or when the setup for game installation is running a message saying a problem has occured appears…..my computer’s real dVd drive is G:……..should i change the drive letter in my comp coz DT cant set parameters above H??if so how should i do it?……please help ive been wanting to play this game like forever!!!

    • I have a Sims 2 Game with 4 parts in a CD. When i open daemon tools and start mounting the first part it says that it is mounting but where is it mounting that i dont know

  21. Daemon Tools are simply shit ! Fucking Tools.. I tried so many times to run the game”Call of Duty & Quantum of Solace” but result is nill.
    And so complicated to use these tools, still then also i m not able to mount the image.

  22. yea this is like really easy and all
    but i ran into a game that wants me to insert a disc when i play and since i dont have the disc i try to just use daemon tools to get the virtual drive but it doesnt work.

  23. Make sure the drive its mounted on is correct. I had to open a system file for the game i was playing to find out it was loading from z: so changed what drive it was mounting from

  24. ya so i am having the same problem. I installed the porgram and when I try to right click on my desktop it does not have the Virtual CD/ DVD option….should I unistall and try and install it again from another site.

  25. Well, this is what I do. Once you mount the image (iso, etc) open My Computer for XP or Computer for Vista and look for the virtual driver where you mount your image. Click it and install whatever it is that you want to install just like how you would with an actual disc. That easy. Hope this help. :)

  26. ok me and my bf both installed Diablo II and we both have demon tools installed on our computers.
    Since we only have 1 game ( mine ) we both want to play.
    I went into the saved/installed folder, there isnt any img’s to add.
    I went into the CD/ROM itself and still nothing.
    Can someone help?
    I know its possible because we did it at a internet cafe a long long time ago.

    • Hi,

      Which game is it? Because you can download a normal game and then install it. then for the cd issue you go and search a file which you can mount with daemon tools to represent the cd of the game. the name of the file is usually: for an example i took Battlefield 2, and i had to download after the installation this file : Bf2_DVD_MINI.MDS when you found this .MDS file for your game you go in daemon tools v4 and in the menu choose mount’n’drive manager and choose the file to mount and BOOOM your game should work! good luck : )

      PS: if you didn’t understand reply on this message and i will try to help.

  27. Yeah I Know this. It is a great software. I don’t know what the LOLs were doing with it. They don’t know even to right-click ! Well, it ran outstandingly well on my computer and I play a lot of games without inserting a cd or dvd

  28. you stupid motherfuckers have to be the dumbest of the lot that I’ve ever seen. You fucking parasites should be in school, learning how to spell, not downloading stuff, that will fuck up mommy/daddy’s computer.

    Bitches!

  29. Hey,
    So I downloaded it, and clicked install, and i had to reboot it. So I did that and when it was back up nothing had happened. So I clicked it, and it said ‘update’ ‘uninstall’ ‘cancel’ so What am I suppose to do, its installed, but I can’t use it..
    thank you

  30. Yea i tried this a few times. with different image formats. With Warcraft 3, its kept telling me too insert my Disc. even after i had mounted the image… wtf?

  31. hey pepol how can i use daemon tool on a downloaded games?? it is a free trial game or has time limit. will daemon tools can run it as full version?? pls pls pls tell me….

  32. help ! i dont know how to select the image . My image is not there i cant find it i have trouble playing sims 2 :( im very sadd .

    • hahaha i did it with sims 2 also.. and this is my first time doing this.. so you can only guess how confused i am! haha i WOULD OF downloaded sims 3 but i dont have enough memory on my computer 😀 so thats why i am getting a new one next weekend.. ahaha… i think ill just make my boyfriend do the mounting this or whatever when i get it haha.

  33. hey i downloaded stronghold 3 game and i copyed 2 dvd cd and i installed and says i need oriangle cd , how can daemon tools help with that??

  34. After 6. Click OK or double-click on the file to mount – then what?

    Is Daemon always needed to run the program.

    What does “Mount and Install” mean, if these were the instructions I was given?

    Are there permanent changes to the operating system that cannot be undone?

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