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DAEMON TOOLS – Playing Your Favorite PC Games Without A Disc

DAEMON TOOLS – Playing Your Favorite PC Games Without A Disc

Oftentimes after countless hours spent playing your favorite PC game, one will find that the game disc slowly wastes away from the rigors of use or a clumsy sibling. Thankfully there’s a nifty program called Daemon Tools that allows you to do more than other programs and just make a backup copy, and instead allows you to mount the disc image so that you NEVER have to use that beat up game disc again.

My favorite online game is Battlefield 1942. Sure call me “old school,” but this game is the gift that keeps on giving, I never tire of it (Midway map anyone?). Unfortunately, as you can see below, it looks like the disc has literally been strafed by one of those dam Japanese Zeros in the game.

Well, luckily Daemon Tools is the perfect solution to my problem.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
What is Daemon Tools?
What Type of Disc Images Does it Support?
Making a Disc Image
Mounting a Disc Image to Play

What is Daemon Tools?
Daemon Tools is basically an emulator that becomes a virtual CD or DVD drive from which you can run either type of game without the need for the disc. So the first thing we need to do is create an image of the game disc so that we can then mount it in Damon Tools and play. The types of image files that it supports are as follows:

  • cue/bin
  • iso
  • ccd (CloneCD)
  • bwt (Blindwrite)
  • mds (Media Descriptor File)
  • cdi (Discjuggler)
  • nrg (Nero)
  • pdi (Instant CD/DVD)
  • b5t (BlindWrite 5)

Each of these images is fairly easy to make, the choice of which to program to use to make them is up to you. Being that Alcohol 120% is probably the most commonly used as well as user friendly, it’s the one that I have selected to demonstrate the image creation process with.

If you don’t already have Alcohol 120%, download and install it now.

Making a Disc Image

Next, select and open the Image Making Wizard from the man menu dialogue box as shown below.

This will bring up the Image Making Wizard. Here we need to do several things. First, select the correct drive device in the selection box at the top of the menu. In my case, the Battlefield 1942 game disc that I ‘m trying to back up is a CD placed in my (F:) drive.

For the Read Speed I recommend one somewhere halfway between the maximum and the minimum that the drive is capable of. Mine has a 52X maximum and 12X minimum, so I selected a 32X speed. The reason for this is that just like burning a disc you want the drive to take its time and do the job properly. By maxing out the read speed you risk rushing the job and creating a poorer quality image than you would otherwise. Others may disagree but I swear by it.

After making your selection, be sure to also choose the type of disc your copying in the box at the bottom of the Wizard menu. Here I selected General Protected CD as it best matches my disc type.. Finish up the selections in the Wizard menu by clicking Next.

In the dialogue box that follows, as is shown below, we need to do several things. First of all, select an Image Location and Image Name for where and how you want the image to be saved to on your hard drive. I chose to leave the name as is it is on the game disc itself as shown in the picture, and then selected my (D:) drive as the save path.

To finish here, choose an image format to save the game disc as. I chose .mds but Daemon Tools does support all of the following image types as previously stated:

  • cue/bin
  • iso
  • ccd (CloneCD)
  • bwt (Blindwrite)
  • mds (Media Descriptor File)
  • cdi (Discjuggler)
  • nrg (Nero)
  • pdi (Instant CD/DVD)
  • b5t (BlindWrite 5)

After choosing an image type select Start to begin burning the image.

Alcohol 120% will then start burning the image as requested.

When Alcohol 120% has completed burning the disc image, the Image Making Wizard will close and bring you back to the main menu. Simply close Alcohol 120% to proceed.

Mounting a Disc Image to Play

The next step is to open up Daemon Tools to mount the image we just created. Now when you open up Daemon Tools it will be in the form of an icon located in the icon tray at the bottom right-hand part of your screen. Right-click the icon and scroll up to Virtual CD/DVD-ROM.

From there scroll left to Device 0: [G:] No Media >, then scroll right to Mount image.

This will bring up the selection box where you locate and open the image file you created in Alcohol 120% previously.

If all goes well the game image you created and then of course mounted should open for you to play. As shown below, the Battlefield 1942 image that I created and mounted open successfully. Midway here I come.

It may take some time and some tinkering around for you to get it just right, but if you follow the instructions I’ve detailed above you should have no problem getting the backup disc up and running.

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
shawners
shawners

dont forget CD key to get it to play on hard drive without being on CD. :P

Signa
Signa

too bad that copy protections like starforce totally fuck over awsome programs like d-tools

AC7
AC7

but there are ways around starforce prtoectection (some easier than others based on your hardware setup) and also they are working on a version to get around the protection last time i checked.

black_magiic
black_magiic

A couple key companies have ditched starforce so it may die out soon who knows. Probably not but some of the bigger name games might escape it. I believe Ubisoft and another larger company have jumped ship on Starforce.

Class316
Class316

meh. You can always find versions of starforce games that actually work. Thank you torrentspy and mininova ;)

mgcrol
mgcrol

hi one problem here i backup my FIFA06 game all fine i install it no problem mounted in alcohol 120% virtual drive but when i press play it says to insert the cd why?? all my games are fine but this one if you have a solution please tell me ???

HolyPenguin
HolyPenguin

Did this with another program but when i try to run BF1942 it says insert disk into drive. What do i do?

Donny
Donny

I'd like to know how to get past the "Inset Original Disk" thing. Thanks.

mgohary14
mgohary14

i have got harry potter and the deathly hallows part 1 game and i mount it then i try to setup it and it always show me this error "please insert a CD/DVD 1 in drive D:" What Should I Do ?

Crystal Sims
Crystal Sims

Hi im trying to install sims medieval using Daemon Tools Pro but when i launch the game it asks for a disk even when i've done everything right... what should i do?????????????

Menace is a raging douchebag and fag
Menace is a raging douchebag and fag

#1. Menace probably found this article on copying games so he can sell them in the back alleys of L.A. so he can pay his pimp back after skimming money buying crack #2. He posted at 12:17am wtf? apparently the coke binge took a while to wear off... #3. Well I like sugar and i like tea but i don't like niggas no siree!(google it, its a song) #4. Menace said "thanking you with a big hug & a slap on the bum." must have been thinking of his pimp... #5. Fuck you, asshole Well that does it for me, I hope your either offend or entertained by this! Reply bitch I dare ya

The Dude Who Banged Menaces Mum
The Dude Who Banged Menaces Mum

Wow. Menace you DO realize that those of us who actually have sex know that its overrated. For instance, after I banged your mummy (and a good bang it was), I was spent and still had this maddening problem with not having the original disc for my game. If you truly did have sex as often as you implied, you would not bother with male virgins. OH, that's right your probably a beaner or nigger, in which case you haven't evolved a purpose past blind reproduction. Good luck with keeping all 16 of your kids alive and healthy with that welfare check. One quick question pedro or jamal or whatever the fuck your name is. What do I do after I'm done banging your mum? Listen to RAP? Play my shitty ass Playstation? Get drunk with the rest of the "HOMIES"? Listen. Until you learn to treat women as something other than a playground..............STAY THE FUCK AWAY FROM THEM. You little bitch nigger. Leave the complex machinery to the men who know how to work it.

menace
menace

all u have to do is insert your penis into a vagina & whammo, all is joyfully resolved, i hope this post was helpful? thanking you with a big hug & a slap on the bum.menace! :-)

menace
menace

hi guys, i think ive found a solution to all your problems,..

flux capacitor
flux capacitor

so im playing baldurs gate, and its 3 discs/ iso images. its only been asking for disc 1 and 2 till now (the end of the game) and suddenly it wants discs 5 and 6!?! the 5 and 6 files are on the disc 2 and 3 images but i cant figure out how to make them readable... any tips?? do i need to rename the files like the guy above mentioned? any thoughts would be helpful...

tom
tom

i mounted my harry potter ootp maxi mds image into the drive then when i try to load the dvd drive it sez please insert disk into BD-ROM Drive(I:)mHELP PLS

izotopez
izotopez

what do i do because the message is "please insert a correct cd-rom , select ok and restart the application" whats this? i am currently using windows xp.. i hope someone help metnk a lot in advanced......

Doomy
Doomy

Yeah, i want to make a nrg file of files i allready have, like burning, but save the nrg file on my hard drive, not on disc, is that possible ?If it is, then how do i do that ?

PK40
PK40

I was wondering can i use format factory to create an ISO file instead of alcohol 120 or even use astroburn

i_dual
i_dual

hi can evrybody pls help me about how to play nba2k10 without dvd tnx u

Chris
Chris

THANK YOU SO MUCH i have been trying to figure out how to use daemon tools forever man thanks

Uzzi
Uzzi

Im usin daemon tool to play al ma other image disc games but resently i tried to play Doom3 nd it say insert da original disc. Help please

Nupur Rane
Nupur Rane

I created image and mounted it but when i run the game it says- Conflict with Emulation Software detected.

Donovan
Donovan

I don't use daemon tools but a similar program and I find that most games won't work properly unless I name the image file properly. i.e.: if the disk appears on the My Computer tab as Oblivion, I name the image file Oblivion-ISO. So far I have had complete success with 5 game disks and like 10 dvds. I don't know if that is helpful at all...

jhion rheeb
jhion rheeb

im new to pcs as ive just duel booted with windows 7 using bootcamp (if you havent already done this do it is the most useful thing on the planet) ive made dmg files on my mac with roxio toast and they seem to work fine i dont know why it wouldnt work for you guys but i have a theory, the game might look in the D: drive and your virtual drive is prbably in the G: or I: drive so this could be the problem no idea how to fix it though srry :(

Bryan Ashford
Bryan Ashford

I want to play Dreamcast's San Francisco Rush 2049, I downloaded it, it came with .CDI format then I converted it into .iso. I have Daemon Tools, Alcohol 120%, I mount the image, IDK, I've done everything and I still can't play Please help me! [email protected]

douglas
douglas

I want to play resident evil 4 dvd pro already spent more pigeon peas as I press play the original cd naso and what can I do and he tells me to enter this site for more informations

douglas
douglas

ei quero jogar resident evil 4 ja passei pro dvd mais guando eu aperto play diz que o cd naso e original oque devo fazer e ele manda eu entrar nesse site para obter mais informaƧoes

daniel
daniel

I dont have a problem mounting the image but the auto play comes up and i hit play, it starts loading and says please enter disk. Any ideas? The game is Medieval Total War.

Ren
Ren

I got the game to start but after the first section of the game i get an error mess. runtime error...Please some one help

erika
erika

hello, i dowloaded some file from this website that are supposed to be the sims 2. But whn i used daemon tools, i cant seem t do anythng. I have no idea how to use deamon tool. and the file itself shows as an unknown file type... is this normal?

Adam
Adam

I have the same problem! It's been a while since the last post but if anyone has a solution?Thanks Adam

yooo
yooo

you need to buy the cd

Alex
Alex

I have that problem with Rome Total War



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