Ny advantage to using ISO vs Folders for CD rips

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I've used ISOs when ripping my CDs just to keep the integrity of the CD, but the only problem is that if I ever needed to edit a file inside, I would wind up unpacking the WHOLE iso, adding/deleting/modifying that one file, that have to repack the WHOLE thing. At first I was kinda doing this because I thought that isos were slightly compressed, but after further examination, it seems that i couldn't have been further from the truth.

Are there any advantages to using an ISO file instead of folder (speed, space, etc) or vise versa?

Best Answer

Just a few points:

  • Iso-files are not ment to be edited. That's the reason you need to repack.

  • You can only have one - integrity of your backup or the ability of editing the files inside.

  • To quickly access the files in your iso there are many tools that will mount them as virtual drives - also for windows like daemon-tools, there's even one from microsoft, but I can't remember it's name.

  • One advantage of Iso is that many older programs require to be installed from CD/DVD. Or if it requires to read data from CD/DVD - like many games. Using such a virtual drive you can "fool" your system to work as if the cd was inserted. Plus some additional advantages - such as you can have several such drives at once, it's much faster than the typical optical drive and you don't need a builtin drive on your computer.