In this tech tip, we will be looking at the iso files and how to create them and why .iso files are easy and convenient.In this process, I'll be using a program called poweriso, which can be found here.

Step 1

In order to create our iso image, we need to gather the necessary folders and/or files that will make up the .iso. You want to drag the folders and files into the main window like the image below: Please note that you can insert a disc that already has information on it and compile the cd into an iso file by using the copy function or by saving the information as an iso file as discussed in step 2.

and then you'll see a few things happening that we want to be aware of. The first thing is the blue bar at the bottom where it says the total size of the contents of the disc, which in our case is a CD that will have 608MB or 86% of that CD to be filled. If we happen to exceed 700MB, poweriso will automatically change to a DVD for storage.

Step 2

Once we have our necessary files, we can burn the iso image onto a CD or DVD (depending on the size of the data), insert the proper media into your disk drive and then we need to save the file as an .iso by going to file > save as > <filename>.iso. Once our iso is saved on our hard drive, click on the burn button and then you'll see a dialogue box appear like the image below:

Using the .iso image that we just saved on our hard drive, if it is not already selected, select the image file, select the drive that you media is in, autodetect the media, burning speed is relative to the job (usually max is fine), and if you wish to verify the data thereafter then check the checkbox and then hit burn! For creating ad burning an .iso it is as easy as step 1 and step 2!

The benefits of having an .iso file is that it is popular for creating an image of a disc, it can be compressed and optimized, and it is very user friendly.

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