Certainly one of the most acclaimed virtual CD/DVD-ROM software titles, Daemon Tools Pro offers serious power for the fair price.
Indeed, the tool provides much more than you would expect from a simple light-weight utility. You can create disk images of any physical media including CD, DVD and Blu-ray disks, mount them to one of available virtual drives (up to 32 in total for Pro Advanced version), convert various disk image files to other formats and burn images to CD/DVD/Blu-ray disks – all with minimum steps required and intuitively easy.
The virtual drive function deserves a closer look, though. Daemon Tools Pro supports emulation of DT (for Daemon Tools) drives and SCSI drives – the ones you need to work with copy-protected or encrypted disk images. Each virtual drive uses low-level emulation which makes it look a real hardware CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive in your system. Mounting an image to such drive then is a matter of few seconds, and thanks to file association you can simply double-click an image to instantly mount it. The range of supported disk image formats includes ISO, MDS/MDF, BIN/CUE, NRG and MDX as well as many others.
If that wasn’t enough, Daemon Tools Pro can split a disk image to several parts, modify image files or extract certain data from them, burn CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Audio-CD images to physical disks, and manage your collection of images with Image Catalog function. Top the above with the nice interface, eye-catching skins and hotkeys for all major functions and you’ll get a very affordable tool capable of way more than saving your optical disks from scraps.