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Windows 7: unmount iso files in win 7

07 Oct 2010   #11
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

slightly off topic, but how and where are these iso's stored in memory when i mount them?

what i mean is, i can mount a 8 gb iso file using virtual clone drive, but it doesn't seem to affect my ram usage. i would have thought it would have filled it right up, and then some.

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08 Oct 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

It doesn't load the entire .iso into memory, it just makes the file accessible through a drive letter. When you connect an external drive, the entire contents of the drive aren't loaded into memory. It's basically the same concept. Also, if you have any large .zip files, open them up with WinZip or whatever archiver you use. You won't see the entire file size used in memory...just whatever WinZip needs.
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08 Oct 2010   #13
Orbital Shark


For the benefit of the OP

ISO is a container file which Windows (and other software) uses to archive files/folders into a single file. Contained within this ISO is the info required with which to successfully burn it to disk (CD or DVD). This info can range from Max/Min storage type, filename details, relevant OS (e.g. post/pre XP), Volume name and many more.

ISO files can be easily opened using many of the current archiving software such as Winzip or WinRar.

Some software can save to ISO but most need to be purchased due to a 300MB (or similar) size cap on saving to ISO, UltraISO is 1 cush application.

Using Virtual drives is 1 of the easier ways to load ISO's into memory, the program will only use memory as required, e.g. If running/installing an app and there's a 50MB file requied it'll load it into memory in order to copy onto the hard disk.

Hope this answers your question

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09 Oct 2010   #14


yes it does...

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