How to Mount an ISO Image

This ementes teaches you how to use an ISO file without having to first burn it to a disc by “mounting” it on your computer’s CD drive. An ISO can be mounted on both Windows and Mac computers.

Method 1 On Windows

1. Open Start. Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

2. Open File Explorer. Click the folder icon in the lower-left side of the Start window.

3. Locate the ISO. Click the folder containing your ISO (e.g., Downloads) on the left side of the File Explorer, then open any additional folders in the main window until you reach your ISO file.

4. Select the ISO. Click the ISO file to select it.

5. Navigate to the Manage tab. This option is located in the upper-left corner of the window. Below it, a toolbar will appear.

6. Mount should be selected. It’s in the toolbar’s “Manage” section. This will mount your ISO file onto the CD drive of your computer.

7. Select This PC. This folder can be found on the left side of the File Explorer, but you may need to scroll up or down the left-hand column to see it.

8. Open your ISO file that has been mounted. In This PC, double-click the name of your ISO file just below the “Devices and drives” heading. It will look like a CD in a drive. The contents of your ISO will be displayed.

Method 2 On Mac

1. Open Finder. Click the blue, face-like app in your Mac’s dock.

2. Locate the ISO. Click the folder containing your ISO (e.g., Downloads) on the left side of the Finder, then open any additional folders in the main window until you reach your ISO file.

3. Double-click the ISO. This will immediately mount the ISO to your Mac.

4. Select the ISO by clicking on its name. The name of your ISO should appear below the “Devices” heading in the left-hand column of the Finder; click it here to open the ISO.

After mounting, you can also double-click the ISO icon that appears on your Mac’s desktop.

Method 3 On Linux

1. If you don’t already have one, launch a terminal window or TTY console. If you’re using Ubuntu, see How to Open a Terminal Window for instructions.

2. Make a directory that will be used as a mountpoint. This is the directory where you can view the ISO image’s contents. The mkdir command in Linux is used to create directories. As an example:

create the directory /home/ementes/iso

will create an iso directory in the user ementes’ home directory.

3. Enter the mount command with the proper paths and options

If your Linux distribution uses the sudo command, enter sudo mount -o ro /path/to/iso/image /home/emindsca/iso

If your Linux distribution does not use the sudo command, enter the command su. You will be prompted for a password. After entering it, you will have a root shell. Then enter mount -o ro ‘/path/to/iso/image’ ‘/home/emindsca/iso’

Note: ISO images are always mounted read-only (ro). Using the -o ro option simply removes the warning about being write-protected.

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