You have a nifty ISO image that you can use as a backup. So, how about mounting it into a “virtual CD player?”
After creating an ISO image – details – you can burn a copy to media, which is the right solution for long-term archiving and offsite storage. However, you have an additional option. The ISO image is a virtual CD (or DVD if over 650MB or so), so why not “play” it in a virtual CD/DVD player? A virtual CD drive is a small piece of software that can mount the ISO just as if you had popped a CD into a physical CD-ROM drive. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money. For the longest time I used a free (but unsupported) virtual CDROM tool from Microsoft called VCDControlTool http://tinyurl.com/tyxx . Recently I’ve been trying out another free tool, MagicDisk http://tinyurl.com/b3295 , from the makers of MagicISO.
Author: Jeffery Hicks