Daemon Tools was a personal revolution in my relation to the computer... and to bootlegged PC games. I kept that little software package on my machine not only because I wanted to run game CD images, but because it made playing multi-CD games way more comfortable. Imagine playing Riven with simultaneous access to all five disks! No more disc switching, plus the disks remained in good shape. Another bonus was that you could totally forget about the disks as they remained mounted even if you would have turned off the computer.
Not to say that Daemon Tools is no longer effective. On the contrary, it is now more user friendly and has a couple of new and useful features. Firstly, instead of being a system tray icon menu, it now has a regular window with buttons and everything. The main panel displays your disc image catalog which gets bigger as you mount new images. You then have the control bar with all the buttons you will ever need and underneath it you will see all the virtual drives that have been created. There is also a media info panel that holds game related news and whatnot, but that can be swept aside if you simply don't care about it.
Creating a new virtual drive is as easy as pushing a button. There are two buttons however. One creates a SCSI drive and the other a DT drive. To explain it simply, if your game refuses to play because of copyright issues then try and mount the game disk on a DT drive. If you don't care about such things, then it is totally irrelevant what kind of drive s you create. Drives can also be removed just as easily if you no longer need them.
Daemon Tools can now also create disk images. You simply insert a real disk into your computer, make sure you select the correct drive, input destination folder and click Start. If you look closely, there is also an option to burn an image to a physical disk. Except that implies using a third party software which you will be able to download directly.
- Create SCSI and DT image drives
- Create image from disk
- Mount any kind of disk image
- Easy to use
- DT drives can stave off anti piracy systems
- Persistent image drives
If you missed reading to what exactly you were clicking "Next" and managed to install yourself some adware, follow these suggestions:
Make sure to check your browsers for unknown toolbars and plugins and remove them right away. Your home page should be reset too. Moreover, you should also check your installed programs and remove the applications that have appeared in the last minutes (except for Daemon Tools of course).
I genuinely love Daemon Tools, but this adware business has left a sour taste in my mouth. I would really recommend it if it weren't for this idiotic play on users.