Virtual CloneDrive is a free Windows program that creates a virtual CD/DVD drive on your computer. ISO, BIN, or CCD image files can be mounted on this drive virtually and behave as if they were inserted from a CD/DVD drive.
Virtual CloneDrive is a faster and more convenient alternative to burning .iso images to a CD or DVD.
OIT recommends using Virtual CloneDrive when installing software acquired from the Adobe Campus Agreement, Microsoft Campus Agreement, or Microsoft DreamSpark programs.
Download & Install Virtual CloneDrive
Go to the SlySoft Download page and click the green arrow next to Virtual CloneDrive (Freeware). You will be prompted to save the installation file.
Save the installation file (.exe file) to a location on your computer where you can find it (e.g., your desktop).
Once the download is complete, double-click the installer, then follow the installation prompts to install Virtual CloneDrive on your computer. Note: You may be asked to confirm that you want to install this software. Click Yes.
Mount an .iso Image with Virtual CloneDrive
Download the .iso file you wish to mount to your computer (e.g., from the DreamSpark Web site).
Under the Computer folder, locate and double-click the disk image (the name will vary, based on the contents of the file). With Virtual CloneDrive, the .iso image is automatically mounted and you can access its contents without any additional steps.