1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Pro
       11 Aug 2015 #1

    Alternative to Daemon Tools Lite to mount Audio Cue/Bin CD images


    I have Windows 10 Pro 64 bit, upgraded from 8.1.

    I always back up (legally purchased) audio CDs using ImgBurn which creates a .cue and .bin for each CD. If I need to access a CD, I used to use Daemon Tools lite to mount the .cue image, which worked fine. But daemon tools was found bundling aggressive adware that would install even if you were careful about unchecking the usual options not to install extra software, so I unistalled it. Now I can't find a good program to mount cue files

    I tried WinCDemu, which is open source, but it did not work for cue files.
    Imgdisk didn't seem to be able to mount anything on Win10.
    I was about to try Slysoft Virtual CloneDrive, but apparently it has trouble mounting audio CDs as well I did not actually try it though, so if someone has Virtual CloneDrive and an image of an audio CD, and wants to test out mounting it, that would be pretty cool.

    Does anyone know of a good virtual drive program that works on Win 10 and does not come bundled with malware? Open source would be preferable, but not required.

    Also, does anyone know if Daemon tools cleaned up their act? I can't seem to find a reliable source online saying they are clean now. I'm not opposed to trying them again.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Wolves, England
    Posts : 1,634
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       12 Aug 2015 #2

    I wouldn't recommend DAEMON Tools at all, even if they have 'cleaned up their act' due to it using SPTD which is a proven cause of BSODs.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Pro
       12 Aug 2015 #3

    Oh OK, thanks, good to know. I was considering trying it again because I'm having so much trouble finding a program and am starting to get desperate, but I'll keep looking.

    My latest try was with gizmo drive (part of gizmo central) because I heard good things and it looked like a decent program. I didn't have high expectations though because the last time it was updated was 2011 for win 7... It did seem to install and run fine, but sure enough, when I tried to mount either the cue or bin file I got this error message:

    "Gizmo Drive was unable to decipher the geometry for this image file. Either the format is not supported (some DVD-based images are not yet compatible) or the file is corrupt."

    I doubt the files are corrupt because I purposefully tried it on a file I opened successfully a long time ago with daemon tools. I also tried mounting some other CD images and got the same message.

    So either gizmo drive doesn't work correctly on win 10 or it also has trouble with cue+bin files :-\

    I must be one of the few people who makes image backups of my music CDs haha because there doesn't seem to be much demand for mounting audio CD images.
    Last edited by qcksilver; 12 Aug 2015 at 01:49. Reason: Phone typos
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  4. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 44
    Windows 7 , 8.1 and Mint
       12 Aug 2015 #4

    Hi

    I would suggest trying "WinCDEmu" which is open sources and has a good reputation.

    WinCDEmu - the easiest way to mount an ISO. And more...

    "MagicDisc" is also known to be free from bundled adware or creating back doors.

    http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/mi...c-overview.htm

    ( try the "Windows 8 x86/x64 Edition ).
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  5. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Pro
       12 Aug 2015 #5

    Anshad Edavana said: View Post
    Hi

    I would suggest trying "WinCDEmu" which is open sources and has a good reputation.

    WinCDEmu - the easiest way to mount an ISO. And more...

    "MagicDisc" is also known to be free from bundled adware or creating back doors.

    http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/mi...c-overview.htm

    ( try the "Windows 8 x86/x64 Edition ).
    I tried WinCDEmu (see my first post) and it didn't work with cue files. Apparently it is a known limitation.

    I came across MagicISO in my search but I didn't try it cause it was last updated in 2009, but I gave it a shot now anyway and yep, can't even install it, I get a notification saying it is not compatible with this version of windows
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 73
    Windows
       12 Aug 2015 #6

    Alcohol 52% Trial - Filefacts.com
    NOTE: If you go their homepage, it's easy to download 120% rather than 52%, this is a direct link to the page that hosts the 52% downloads.

    WinCDEmu can't mount audio CD bin/cue images, once it can, it probably will be a better choice, but since it currently doesn't, I don't think it will any time soon...

    Edit: The SPTD driver included with Alcohol 52% v2.0.3.7612 prevents hibernation (by crashing on wake). The other SPTD drivers I've found v1.87 and v2.04 also prevent hibernation. Also, Alcohol 52% includes a bundled installer for a file association lookup tool, which can be uninstalled. It's not the best, however I haven't found anything better than Alcohol 52%.
    Last edited by nosecureboot; 20 Aug 2015 at 13:42.
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  7. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 1
    win 10
       24 Sep 2015 #7

    nosecureboot said: View Post
    Alcohol 52% Trial - Filefacts.com
    NOTE: If you go their homepage, it's easy to download 120% rather than 52%, this is a direct link to the page that hosts the 52% downloads.

    WinCDEmu can't mount audio CD bin/cue images, once it can, it probably will be a better choice, but since it currently doesn't, I don't think it will any time soon...

    Edit: The SPTD driver included with Alcohol 52% v2.0.3.7612 prevents hibernation (by crashing on wake). The other SPTD drivers I've found v1.87 and v2.04 also prevent hibernation. Also, Alcohol 52% includes a bundled installer for a file association lookup tool, which can be uninstalled. It's not the best, however I haven't found anything better than Alcohol 52%.
    Is there an alternative that can work with win 10 without hibernation problem? I am experiencing similar issues.
    Will Virtual CD work fine ?
    Thanks!
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 734
    Windows 10 Home x64
       25 Sep 2015 #8

    I have installed latest Daemon Tools Lite yesterday and it only put one registry key in my registry. Cleaned it using AdwCleaner. If you install software by just clicking the next button (without custom install) you are going to get infected by malware. By the way, DT has changed its interface. I don't know yet whether I prefer the old one or this new one. I would also like to know if there is some nice alternative.
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