Windows 10: Alternative to Daemon Tools Lite to mount Audio Cue/Bin CD images

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  1.    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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       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.    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.    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.    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.    12 Aug 2015 #6

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    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.    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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  •    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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  •    01 Feb 2018 #9

    Sorry to necro this thread but Iíve actually run into the exact same problem- any updates on this issue since this thread was posted? Anything in 2018 for Windows 10 that can mount bin/cue audio CDs without a ton of adware?
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  •    04 Feb 2018 #10

    Hi guys

    @qcksilver and others .

    C'mon here !! this facility has been available as standard Windows functionality since Windows 8 !!!!.

    Windows 10 will mount Natively .iso files and then just use what ever program you have before to play / examine / burn to physical devices.

    no need for any 3rd party stuff to mount ISO's any more. !!!!!

    Either use the Mount command (right mouse click on the iso file) in file explorer or simply double click it.

    When finished eject the iso (it won't physically eject of course).

    For getting an iso image file in the first place from a physical device you can use things like AnyDVD or equivalent such as imageburn or on Linux K3b or similar.

    For ripping audio CD's I simply use AnyDVD to convert the CD to an .iso file and then after closing AnyDVD and ejecting the physical DVD I mount the .iso and then rip with Winamp which will tag all the files for me -- use any tagging / ripping program on the copied iso file.

    There are a load for ripping Audio CD's -- I still use WINAMP as I like classical music a lot and the built in GRACENOTE catalog / tagger is better than FREEDB or other sources of tagging info. You can tag manually of course with things like MP3VTAG which is an excellent program --handles flac etc. as well as mp3 files.

    With DVD's I just leave the .iso -- AnyDVD strips off the regionalisation rubbish and the encryption -- you can then simply play with VLC (the iso image) or any other multi-media program of your choice. I simply copy the iso image to my server and have Kodi on an amazon fire TV box which plays the DVD (with full menus etc) direct from the ISO file on the server -- doesn't even need to mount it !!..

    I only have an old USB2 external Samsung DVD device which I use with the AnyDVD program to strip the CD / DVD into an iso image.

    Data files can also be handled the same way too. Imageburn is probably the best way for those.

    Remember for audio CD's - after converting the audio physical CD to an iso leave as standard .iso image, mount with windows and then use ripping program of your choice. With DVD's you'll need a program to kill the regionalisation and encryption before you can make a sensible iso --I use AnyDVD but it might have changed to something else these days

    I don't buy Blu Rays either -- Netflix etc has all the modern stuff in 4K or whatever these days and if I want to keep it I have a good screen capture program which captures it in Real time though. I can then compress to mkv or whatever afterwards - but with such a good library on Netflix I don't really copy much stuff from there any more.

    I tend to rip DVD's because I quite like getting old 1960's and 1970's TV programs from specialist suppliers and DVD quality is perfectly fine for these programs.

    Incidentally for Audio if you have a good CUE file the free program CUETOOLS will convert back into the original tracks if the image is good. Good if you find some of those old audio files in things like .ape format etc.

    CUETools 2.1.6 Free Download

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Last edited by jimbo45; 04 Feb 2018 at 10:10.
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