Updated on Feb 6, 2021
If you author your own DVDs or download programs from the internet, you will have come across MDF and MDS files. It’s one thing to have them, but what do you do once you have them? You can burn or mount MDF and MDS files and What you do depends on what you want to do with the file and whether you have a mount program. Keep reading for 3 quick way to do that.
If you have an MDF or MDS file, you will find that you can't open it directly, and you need to mount or burn it before you can access the content. The Media Descriptor File (MDF) and Media Descriptor Sidecar (MDS) file often come together. The .mdf file works similarly to a .bin image and the .mds works similarly to a .cue sheet track, holding extra information about a disc's structure.
Disc images recreate the files, function and structure of a CD or DVD-ROM. So, you can mount and burn disc images to get a new CD or DVD. There are a few products around that will mount .mdf and .mds files.
MagicISO is a powerful CD/DVD image file creating/editing/extracting tool. It can open/create/edit/extract DVD/CD image files, and it can convert BIN to ISO and back. Then, let’s go to how to mount an MDF file with MagicISO.
Step 1: In order to mount MDF of mount MDS, free download, install and open MagicISO. Download link: http://www.magiciso.com/download.htm.
Step 2: Right-click the MagicISO icon in the bottom right of the task bar (the icon of a hand holding a disc) and Click "Virtual CD/DVD-ROM."
Step 3: Choose one of the empty virtual drives and click "Mount." Locate your .mdf or .mds file on your computer and double-click it to mount the disc. The disc will now be loaded to your virtual drive.
Actually, .mds and .mdf files are created using Alcohol 52% or Alcohol 120%. Alcohol 52% allows you to create virtual copies of your DVDs and CDs meaning there's no need for a physical disc in your drive. Alcohol 52% itself can also be mounted .mdf and .mds files.
Step 1: Free download, install and open Alcohol 52%. Click "File" and then "Open." Download link: http://trial.alcohol-soft.com/en/downloadtrial.php.
Step 2: Locate your .mdf file or .mds file on your computer and double-click it to import it to Alcohol.
Step 3: Right-click the .mdf image in the image browser in the right of Alcohol. Click "Mount Image" to mount the image to a virtual drive. You can now access the disc in your virtual drive.
WinCDEmu is my final suggestion to mount MDF and MDS files. WinCDEmu is an open-source CD/DVD/BD emulator - a tool that allows you to mount optical disc images by simply clicking on them in Windows Explorer.
Step 1: Free download, install and open WinCDEmu. Download link: http://wincdemu.sysprogs.org/download/.
Step 2: Open the folder containing the .mdf or .mds file. Double-click at the file. Alternatively, you can right-click and select "Select drive letter & mount" from the context menu.
Step 3: Click "OK" to mount the .mdf or .mds file to a new virtual drive.
These are the three most common ways to mount MDF or mount MDS. You can choose whatever you like. In addition, if you have an easier way to do this, please contact us and we will continue to update to provide the highest quality content.
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