Gizmo-Central I wonder why you guys never added Gizmo Central to the 4sysops list of free admin tools. When Andrzej mentioned the program in a comment, I was somewhat surprised that I had never heard of it, especially because I searched for a tool that can mount VHDs (Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk) reliably not so long ago. Now that that you can attach VHDs in Windows 7, it is not that urgent anymore, but Gizmo Central is still a very valuable tool because it comes with quite a few interesting functions.

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Michael Pietroforte

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor of 4sysops. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with more than 30 years of experience in IT management and system administration.
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  • I have stolen the feature list from Gizmo Central's website:
  • Mount ISO, BIN, CUE, NRG files to a virtual CD-ROM drive
  • Mount VHD files, used with Microsoft Virtual PC
  • Mount password protected images to a virtual hard drive
  • Encrypt HD images using a passphrase
  • Protect vital files from hackers using encrypted HD images
  • Mount IMG files to a virtual drive
  • Mount and unmount files from the Windows Shell
  • Mount and unmount files from the command line
  • Support for compression and sparse HD images
  • The writer of this feature list was a bit too modest because Gizmo Central can do more:
  • Create ISOs (from disk or folder)
  • Burn ISOs or folders to disk
  • Create VHDs
  • Calculate hash values for files, folders, and drives
  • Edit source code

The list is incomplete, but at least it mentions the major features.

Gizmo-Central-Toolbar Gizmo Central's most important functions can be accessed from its Systray icon or from its customizable toolbar. The toolbar pops up when you click on its Systray symbol. Furthermore, you can add some functions to the Windows Explorer context menu. For example, you can mount VHDs right from the Explorer, which is much more convenient than in Windows 7. I tested Gizmo Central 2.7

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    Michael 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for posting. I was looking for such a tool yesterday, and I was going to take the long route i.e I was going to install MS Virtual server! Thank you for the great blog.

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    Michael Pietroforte 8 years ago

    I also used the "long route" before. The problem with Virtual Server's mount tool is that it doesn't work with some VHDs such as Vista or Windows 7 system backups.

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    Dave 8 years ago

    Cool, they provide this cool toolbar with the installation...probably spyware - NO THANKS.

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    Michael Pietroforte 8 years ago

    Dave, I somehow doubt that it is spyware. At least Virustoal didn't find anything.

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