PROS / WinISO supports an extensive variety of image formats, both common and obscure.
CONS / It has no task scheduler or command line integration for action automation.
VERDICT / Its ISO imaging capabilities and restorative functionality make this a tool that is especially adept at managing their files and burning data to discs. However, it’s functionality is limited beyond that.
WinISO is a disk imaging software utility that is capable of extracting files from or burning them to external media like CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs for mirror copy backups and on-the-fly burning operations. It can even convert ripped image files between ISO, BIN, NRG, MDS and IMG, which makes it cross-platform functional with most any system.
You can create a boot CD with this disk cloning software, which works even when restoring to dissimilar hardware. It also allows you to drag and drop files for burning or mounting. We didn’t see an option for differential or incremental updates, though you can manually select a specific file or folder to update. It has burning-on-the-fly capabilities and checks your work once you’re done to ensure data was written correctly and error-free.
WinISO lets you store your image files to a variety of storage types, including a CD, DVD, external hard drive or cloud server. It can encrypt your saved data to protect it. If you need to save space for storage, emailing or uploading, it can compress your data or split it across files or smaller partitions.
While performing a restoration, you can choose a partial or full option as needed. The software makes it easy to move your images to a virtual machine or drive. However, it can’t resize your files while performing a restoration, nor does it have the ability to open in a bare metal environment.
The hard drive cloning software has a nice, uncluttered interface, though it’s not quite as modern and intuitive as the other programs we reviewed. It is straightforward and a great choice for users who want to quickly create or save an image. Unfortunately, it mostly misses the mark in functionality beyond this, and doesn’t even have a task scheduler or command line integration.
The WinISO support tools aren’t as extensive as the best disk imaging software options we featured, but the company’s knowledgebase goes a long way. The tutorial section provides step-by-step instructions for certain tasks, and an email section helps you get your questions answered directly from WinISO’s technical service experts.
WinISO lacks many features that would otherwise make it a solid choice for image backup software, but it has the critical features you need to clone data, even from optical media, and burn it to other media options. Its built-in mounting capabilities allow you to mount newly imaged files in a virtual machine and run them as if they were a physical disk in a drive.