DAEMON tools was originally a successor of Generic SafeDisc emulator and incorporated all of its features. The program claims to be able to defeat most copy protection schemes such as SafeDisc and SecuROM. It is currently compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. DAEMON Tools has a special mode for proper operation of copies of discs with advanced protection (SafeDisc, SecuRom and LaserLock, CDCOPS, StarForce and Protect CD), which are used on some discs with games.

Six editions of the product exist: Ultra, Lite, Pro Standard, Pro Advanced, Net and DT for Mac. A feature comparison is given below. Also, company provides two additional solutions for the data storage organization: DAEMON Tools USB 2 that allows sharing different types of USB devices between remote workstations and DAEMON Tools iSCSI Target 2– a cross-platform solution that enables creating an iSCSI storage server and provides access to virtual or physical devices, along with VHD images, within home or corporate network.

The default file format of DAEMON Tools is Media Data eXtended (MDX). MDX is a disc image file format similar to MDS/MDF images. It supports all of MDS/MDF format features except that all data is in one monolithic file only. The files of these types bear the filename extension of .mdx.

MDX file contains metadata of original media – specifically the main physical parameters of disc, such as layer breaks, sessions, tracks and other. It could be described as being an archive file containing all data from a CD/DVD. It also supports data compression. MDX file includes the magic number “MEDIA DESCRIPTOR” at the beginning of the file.

On 13 February 2012, one of DAEMON Tools components known as MountSpace became a subject of privacy concerns. MountSpace, a service-oriented component gathers and sends information about disc images used in DAEMON Tools to mountspace.com along with users’ IP addresses. Although MountSpace can be disabled during installation, it is criticized for transmitting information despite being disabled and lacking a privacy policy. The initial discovery of the concerning issue is attributed to Rafael Rivera of Within Windows blog.

DAEMON Tools Lite 10 is a well-known software used to create and mount images.

With the latest major version, the program includes not only the free basic features for virtual devices emulation, but also a number of advanced tools to work with VHD, RAM disks, iSCSI Targets, bootable USB sticks and lots of others.

The free part of DAEMON Tools Lite 10 provides the following features:

Ability to mount all popular types of images including VHD, VMDK and TrueCrypt files; archives (*.zip, *.rar, *.7z);
Creation of *.iso, *.mdx and *.mds/*.mdf image files;
Compression and protection of your custom virtual discs;
Emulation of up to 4 DT, SCSI or HDD devices;
Share files between PCs and mobile devices inside the local wireless network via Catch!
Brand-new Images catalog filled automatically.

SPTD 1.90 is dedicated to Windows 2003/Vista/7/8/8.1.

SPTD 2.12 is needed only for Windows 10. Note that it isn’t included in free license and is available only for paid customers.

Although DAEMON Tools Lite is free for non-commercial usage, you are welcomed to evaluate the benefits of the Personal License, which includes Lifetime updates, can be installed on 3 PCs, doesn’t contain any third-party offers during the installation and update process and enables 24/7 support.

Also, we offer Commercial License to use the application for business activity.

In addition to basic functionality, DAEMON Tools Lite 10 provides a number of advanced tools which you can purchase separately for a reasonable price or get the Full Pack with awesome discount. To find out more about the paid features, visit Basic and Advanced Features article or DAEMON Tools Lite 10 official page.

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