Adding to an ISO?

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J. P. Gilliver (John)

Various things - in particular backup/restore/cloning things like
Macrium/ATI etc. - produce or include ISO images, often bootable ones.

These often come to less than the size of a CD (in some cases, even less
than one of the little ones).

Obviously it's _possible_ to add to these, but how easy is it? (Are
there utilities out there that make it easier?)

I'm not trying to save on the cost of blanks - even the best quality
ones these days are only pennies (though it's always intrigued me that
the small ones in general cost more than the full size ones!) - but I'd
like to have a single disc with more than one useful thing on, that
could be kept e. g. in a small toolkit. Obviously only one would be
bootable (well, I suppose one could get into boot menus, but I wasn't
going to go that far, since I'm talking about boot-from-cold, not
autorunning).
 
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DK

Various things - in particular backup/restore/cloning things like
Macrium/ATI etc. - produce or include ISO images, often bootable ones.

These often come to less than the size of a CD (in some cases, even less
than one of the little ones).

Obviously it's _possible_ to add to these, but how easy is it? (Are
there utilities out there that make it easier?)

UltraISO (not free!) does that with ease. CD or DVD.
 
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Jeff Barnett

DK wrote, On 5/26/2014 12:56 PM:
UltraISO (not free!) does that with ease. CD or DVD.

I did a Google search for "ultraiso" and visited two of the top hits. By
Acronis AV found ten blocked sites while I tried to visit those sites.
(Probably pointers from the top-level pages.) I immediately ran
Malwarebytes but found nothing bad on my computer. In other words be
careful with the sites advertising this product via Google.

DK, do you have a URL to a legitimate provider of the UltraISO software
and will you please post it in these news groups?

Jeff Barnett
 
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Jeff Barnett

Jeff Barnett wrote, On 5/26/2014 1:30 PM:
DK wrote, On 5/26/2014 12:56 PM:

I did a Google search for "ultraiso" and visited two of the top hits. By
Acronis AV found ten blocked sites while I tried to visit those sites.
(Probably pointers from the top-level pages.) I immediately ran
Malwarebytes but found nothing bad on my computer. In other words be
careful with the sites advertising this product via Google.

DK, do you have a URL to a legitimate provider of the UltraISO software
and will you please post it in these news groups?

Jeff Barnett
WHOOPS - IN THE ABOVE I MEANT ESET NOD#@, NOT ACRONIS.
 
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Jon Danniken

Various things - in particular backup/restore/cloning things like
Macrium/ATI etc. - produce or include ISO images, often bootable ones.

These often come to less than the size of a CD (in some cases, even less
than one of the little ones).

Obviously it's _possible_ to add to these, but how easy is it? (Are
there utilities out there that make it easier?)

Very easy; for freeware solutions, you can try acetoneISO or ISOmaster.

Jon
 
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Ardent

Obviously it's _possible_ to add to these, but how easy is it? (Are
there utilities out there that make it easier?)

Many burner software provide multisession burning and using Deep
Burner I have had 12 sessions on a single CD successfully.
Multisession is possible, AFAIK because the CD is not "closed".

In burning an ISO or creating an ISO I am ye to see a utility that
does not close.

The only possibility is open the CD/DVD in the burner software, add
all the files you want and save as a fresh ISO or burn a fresh CD.

If really there is a burner software that ca produce a multi session
bootable CD/DVD I would like to know.
 
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J. P. Gilliver (John)

Ardent said:
Many burner software provide multisession burning and using Deep
Burner I have had 12 sessions on a single CD successfully.
Multisession is possible, AFAIK because the CD is not "closed".

In burning an ISO or creating an ISO I am ye to see a utility that
does not close.

The only possibility is open the CD/DVD in the burner software, add
all the files you want and save as a fresh ISO or burn a fresh CD.

If really there is a burner software that ca produce a multi session
bootable CD/DVD I would like to know.
Thanks for responding. I wasn't talking about multisession, only adding
to an ISO _file_: as you say, usually if you have an ISO file, a burner
will only make a closed CD from it. The _usual_ reason for an ISO file
is that you're wanting something bootable, such as a recovery CD. I was
just thinking, sometimes an ISO image is a lot smaller than even a
mini-CD, and it'd be nice to be able to put other things on the CD - not
necessarily bootable or even anything to do with the main content, just
to have handy. I wanted to be able to add them to the ISO file so that I
could burn that to disc and still have the original booting software
work and boot, but also find the other files there if I opened the CD as
normal with Explorer.

Other posters in this thread have kindly made suggestions, several of
which sounded useful; winiso-5.3.zip is a file I've downloaded, though
not played with yet.
 

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