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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- 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'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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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.
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.
Cool, they provide this cool toolbar with the installation…probably spyware – NO THANKS.
Dave, I somehow doubt that it is spyware. At least Virustoal didn’t find anything.