ISO files are actually images of complete CDs or DVDs compiled as one whole image file (*.iso), just like Ghost does for hard disks and partitions. ISO images can be loaded into several different CD/DVD recording software packages to create CDs or DVDs.
Update: ISO Recorder is now compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7.
ISO Recorder is a Windows XP freeware utility that uses native Windows XP functions to write images to a CD. You can download this utility from the author’s Web page. When the program is installed, it is automatically associated with the ISO file extension in Windows Explorer. For more information about this utility, visit the author’s Web page at http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm
Another alternate method:
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“Small and maybe valuable tip for the ‘How can I write ISO files to CD?’ tip. This power tool works only on files with ISO extension. There’re some ISO files with IMG extension (notably MSDN’s distribution files). Change the extension to .ISO and this power tool will work as advertised. There maybe other file formats that are ISO format and are called something else…”
You can use EasyCD/DVD Creator to create a CD or DVD from an ISO file. You must purchase this program from Roxio. When the program is installed, it is automatically associated with the ISO file extension in Windows Explorer. For more information about this program, visit the Roxio Web site at: www.roxio.com
You can use CDBurn.exe that is included in the Windows Server 2003 Support Tools (read Download Windows 2003 Reskit Tools for more info). ISO CD-ROM Burner Tool (CDBurn) is a command-line tool that allows the user to write (burn) data images from image files located on the hard drive to compact disc (CD) recordable (CD-R) and CD rewritable (CD-RW) media. The data image can be any kind of data, even raw data. This tool can also be used to erase CD-RW media. Example: Burn a CD From an Image File When a Drive Letter is Assigned to the CD Burner. Type the following at the command line:
cdburn.exe d: c:dotnet_usa_3678.IDS_x86fre_srv.iso
Press ENTER. Output similar to the following is displayed:
Number of blocks in ISO image is 3d1d6
Finished Writing Synchronizing Cache: burn successful!
The drive letter assigned to the burner in this example is D and the image file being written is located at c:dotnet_usa_3678.IDS_x86fre_srv.iso. The default burn speed for this tool is 4x. The maximum burn speed is limited by the maximum speed of the burner. Use the speed parameter to set the burn speed. The max parameter sets the burn speed of the CD burner to maximum.
This article has discussed several methods for burning iso files to different media types, including free iso burners and some commercial iso writers. The .iso burned copies are often used to duplicate entire CD/DVD’s in their original file structure without having to worry about individual files.