I'm looking for a freely available utility I can run on Windows 7 to create CD/DVD ISO images from actual CDs and DVDs.
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The program you could be looking for is ImgBurn.
From their home page:
ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!
It has several 'Modes', each one for performing a different task:
- Read - Read a disc to an image file
- Build - Create an image file from files on your computer or network - or you can write the files directly to a disc
- Write - Write an image file to a disc
- Verify - Check a disc is 100% readable. Optionally, you can also have ImgBurn compare it against a given image file to ensure the actual data is correct
- Discovery - Put your drive / media to the test! Used in combination with DVDInfoPro, you can check the quality of the burns your drive is producing
Infrarecorder is fantastic. Does all that and then some, it's free, and works great.
CDBurnerXP is also an excellent ISO creator as well as a complete CD/DVD burning application.
CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.
I just checked out InfraRecorder which worked out great for me but then I also needed to mount the ISO I created on a netbook and ran into WinCDEmu to do so. As it turns out WinCDEmu seems also to have ISO creation capability too so I may begin to ditch trusty daemontools in favor of this simplistic open-source and all inclusive tool.
If you haven't checked WinCDEmu out you should give it a try. Below is a feature list from their web page.
I would recommend you LC ISO Creator, as I've also done in these related questions:
It's very small, lightweight, free and portable.
I think the Unix tools for Windows contains mkisofs
ISO Recorder is simple choice that allows you to do this from the Explorer context menu.