On Windows, how can I check whether an ISO image is bootable, without writing it to a DVD or running it on virtual machine?
Don't forget the command line tool
$ file /cygdrive/t/test.iso clonezilla-live-1.2.12-60-amd64.iso /cygdrive/t/test.iso: # ISO 9660 CD-ROM filesystem data 'CDROM ' clonezilla-live-1.2.12-60-amd64.iso: # ISO 9660 CD-ROM filesystem data '1.2.12-60-amd64 ' (bootable)
If the ISO image is bootable, there will be a "
(bootable)" string at the end of line of file command output. (You may want to scroll to the right of code snippet above if there is horizontal scroll bar in it. I've rewritten the CSS for this site using Stylish addon in Firefox browser, so I don't have a scroll bar in it)
You can install Cygwin
or the standalone file package of GnuWin32 (looks like no active development anymore) to get
file tool for Windows. For linux system, in most linux live cds, the file command is in there.
We will follow a very simple process:
Download and install PowerISO
Click on File menu and then choose Open.. and then browse and open the
When you have opened the
.isofile, if it is bootable, then at the lower left corner it shows bootable image if it is not a bootable image, then at the lower left corner it shows non bootable image.
Follow these steps to check ISO image as Bootable Or Non-Bootable
- Copy the ISO image into the hard drive.
- Install Nero Version 7.2 or above
- Enable Nero Image Drive
- Open the ISO image file through Nero Image Drive
- Now go for My computer right click on the Image drive in check for Autoplay Option.
- If Autoplay Option is there then it is bootable or else it is nonbootable disc.
I will tell you from the start, follow these steps:
- Download and Install Virtual box from http://www.virtualbox.org/
- Start Virtual box and click on New to create a new Virtual Machine.
- Click Next.Give a name to your Virtual Machine.
- Choose the the type of Operating System and Version.Choose Other if you are unsure about the Operating System and its Version.Click next
- Since we are only testing a Live CD , a hard disk is not required.So just click next in the Virtual Hard Disk Window.
6.fcpopl Test Bootable ISO and Live CD/DVD without restarting you ComputerYou will get a warning saying that a hard disk has not been attached to the virtual Machine.Click on Continue.
8.Your Virtual Machine will appear in the left pane.Right Click on it and select Settings.
9.Click on CD/DVD ROM.Tick “Mount CD/DVD ROM”
10.You can either choose your Physical CD/DVD ROM or a bootable ISO image.
11.Click OK and Click on Start in the main Window to Launch the Virtual Machine.
12.The virtual machine will boot from the bootable ISO or CD and you can test it on your Virtual