An ISO file Image or Disk Image is a file that contains all the data contents of an optical disk (CD, DVD or Blu-ray disk). This file contains also the file system of the optical disk and can be created by using a burning software like Nero, ImgBurn, etc. The advantages is that you can always have the digital copy of your original optical disk inside your hard drive or removable media, without the need to have the physical optical disk.
One of my favorites freeware utilities to mount an ISO file is called “Virtual CloneDrive” by “Slysoft” company. Using this utility you can mount .ISO, .CCD, .DVD, .IMG, .UDF and .BIN files very easily.
Related article: How to burn (create) a DVD, CD, Blu-ray disc from an ISO image file.
(Watch this tutorial in YouTube)
How to Open and Explore (mount) ISO image files.
Step 1. Download and Install “Virtual CloneDrive”.
1. Download “Virtual CloneDrive” from here.
2. Choose “Run” in the next screen.
3. Choose “I Agree” in License Agreement.
4. Leave the default setup options and choose “Next”.
5. Leave the default setup directory (unless you are using a different directory to install programs) and choose “Install”.
6. Choose “Install” at windows security pop-up window.
7. When the installation is complete, choose “Close”.
Step 2: Using “Virtual Clonedrive” to mount & explore ISO image file's contents.
How to mount .ISO, .CCD, .DVD, .IMG, .UDF and .BIN files with “Virtual Clonedrive”.
After installing “Virtual Clonedrive” you should be able mount images files easily.
Just select the image file you want to mount, right click on it and select “Mount (Virtual CloneDrive x:)” from the menu.*
Then open Windows Explorer, find the virtual drive’s letter (x:) and explore your image file contents.
(If you want to unmount the image, right click on it and select“Unmount”).
Notice*: Windows 8 operating system has built in features to mount .ISO files. Just double click the .ISO image file you want and the .ISO is mounted as a virtual drive in your computer.