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Gizmo Drive review


Manufacturer: Arainia Solutions

Gizmo Drive is free software that mounts and burns image files.

Gizmo Drive is free software that mounts and burns image files.

We expected Gizmo Drive to be something like WinCDEmu, which sits quietly in the background and allows you to mount images as virtual CD/DVD drives. In the end, that's part of what Gizmo Drive turned out to be - but before that we were taken for a ride to a little world which we're going to call Gizmo Land.

Installing Gizmo Drive requires that you download the Gizmo software suite, which includes Gizmo Central (or Manager once it's installed) Gizmo Drive, Gizmo Script, Gizmo Database. Gizmo Editor, and Gizmo Hasher. There's also a Gizmo toolbar that sits in the system tray and provides shortcut access to programs (not just Gizmo modules). It's only 8MB in total, and some of it's pretty handy - but this is about Gizmo Drive.

Once we had Gizmo Central Manager and Gizmo Drive installed, all we needed to do was right-click an ISO, BIN, CUE, or NRG file. Sure enough, there were the mount and burn options.

When you mount an image using Gizmo Drive, you can bypass the dialog which allows you to tweak settings such as the drive letter, and use the next available drive letter by pressing the control key. It's nice to have both options, though we wish bypassing the dialog was the default.

The option to burn an image file to disc puts the program one up on the aforementioned WinCDEmu which mounts only such files. To burn an image you must install the KB932716 IMAPI (Image Mastering API 2.0) Windows Update if you haven't already and Gizmo will tell you if you haven't.

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Gizmo Drive Expert Verdict »

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7

Gizmo Drive worked fine in our tests, so if you don't mind the side trip through Gizmo Land, it's a great little image-handling extension for Windows.

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