[Windows] Create, copy, and convert ISOs and extract content with ISO Toolkit

ISO ToolKit 5.0If there is one thing that people love to use their computers for, it is to manipulate ISO images. However, finding a good ISO manipulator that is free can be very challenging. That goes double for one that does more than just burn ISO images to discs. That is where ISO Toolkit comes in.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

ISO Toolkit is a free ISO tool that you can use to manipulate ISO images. This includes creating, copying, converting and even extracting information from said images. Best of all, the program is completely portable.

Pros

  • Able to create bootable ISO images
  • Can convert files between poplar image formats like ISO, NRG, CUE and BIN
  • Can extract files/data from ISO, NRG, BIN and CUE images
  • Can mount ISO, NRG, BIN and CUE images
  • Can burn ISO image files in Windows Explorer
  • Able to create a clone ISO image of a CD or DVD

Cons

  • Some knowledge of ISO files will be needed in order to use this program to its full potential

Discussion

ISO Toolkit 5.0 ScreenshotI just started using ISO Toolkit recently, and already I am a big fan. The program is easy to use, assuming you know what you’re doing, and it’s able to do a lot for free. In fact, the fact that it is free is probably my favorite feature. It is a great alternative to all of the shareware programs out there that would have you pay money for all of these features.

Before we jump into all of the features, we should point out that the program is also completely portable. There is no installation required, which is actually pretty rare for good ISO manipulator programs.

That being said, what does it do? Well, there is not much that this program does not do in terms of ISO images. It is able to copy, convert, extract and burn them. One of the most useful features may be its ability to convert these images. As many of you know, certain programs will only work with certain files. Converting your images can sometimes be difficult. However, I was able to successfully convert my images with this program. On top of that, I was very impressed with the little time that it took to convert.

Also, I was happy to see that this program was able to extract information right from an image file. This is something that many of my other ISO manipulator programs were not able to do. I had one in the past that claimed to do it, but it failed most of the time. This was, by far, the first really good extractor I have used.

Although there are not really any cons, I would like to point out that this program is best used by people who fully understand ISO image files. If these are files that you don’t mess around with a lot or you don’t even know what the heck an ISO is, you might as well pass on this one because it is not going to do you a bit of good. Not so much a con as really a warning.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

There really isn’t much more to say about ISO Toolkit besides the fact that it is extremely good. The program is best used by people who already fully understand ISO images and have used similar programs in the past. I feel that if you have used other ISO manipulators, you will be able to fully understand the benefits of this program.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 5.0

Supported OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7

Download size: 2.03MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 2/45

Is it portable? Yes

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5 comments

  1. Goldenbarstewart

    @Shawn: Shawn – thank you – that worked perfectly – I’ve been trying to create a USB flash installation drive for the XP PRO ISO for weeks now but this is the first time it worked. Again – thanks for taking the time to outline the procedure. David

  2. Godel

    A standard archive program such as 7Zip can explore and extract files from an ISO, but unfortunately not add files to an ISO as this one can (by extracting all files then making a new ISO).

    Thanks for the information.

  3. Shawn

    Referenced from Reboot.pro
    Download Rufus http://rufus.akeo.ie/

    Plug in your USB Flash drive
    To make a Windows bootdisk (Windows XP/7) select NTFS as file system
    Click on the buttons that looks like a DVD drive, that one near to the checkbox that says “Create bootable disk usng:”
    5.Choose the XP ISO (That you created using this tool)
    6.Click Start

    As long as your system can boot with usb this will work fine.