How to open mdf file?

Leonid Veselov
Leonid Veselov
July 11, 2011
How to open mdf file?

The mdf file is a disk image or a virtual disk. There are physical disks on your computer — a hard disk and a disk reader — a disk drive. You can also install programs to use virtual disks. Such a program is somehow deceiving the system and informing the computer that the disk is inserted in the drive, only this drive is virtual. The most famous programs for working with virtual disks are Alcohol 52% and Daemon Tools.

So, the mdf file is an image of a virtual disk. Usually mdf files work in conjunction with mds files. One without the other may either not work at all, or work incorrectly.

How to open a file with mdf extension?

  • One of the leaders among the programs for emulating CD / DVD drives is the Alcohol 52% program. Download the application for free by the following link: Alcohol 52% .exe (12.8 MB). The program will allow you to create the most accurate copies of disks and easily download them on virtual media. You can install up to 31 drives. These drives are capable of working with disks at speeds up to 200x.Alcohol 52% supports most formats of disk images, including mdf. If you need to constantly work with disks, that is, to put and remove them, then Alcohol 52% is the best solution. You will not need to force your drive by constant opening, since all images of the necessary disks will be stored in the main memory of the computer.
  • And a simpler version of the program for reading virtual disks. Daemon Tools series programs. The main advantages of the program are its convenience, speed and availability. Download the latest version of the program for free at this link: DAEMON Tools Lite.exe (11.2 MB). The program is installed in the system as a virtual drive and is designed for 4 disks, which, of course, is not much compared with the emulator from the Alcohol developers. On the other hand, Daemon Tools does not require a large amount of computer memory resources. The program also works with a large number of formats, including files with mdf.
  • There is another trick that will allow you to open an mdf file without downloading the above mentioned applications. In the file properties you need to change the file extension. To do this, in the file name after the point, erase the letters mdf and type the letters iso.After the operations we have the opportunity to open the file using the program WinRAR. This is a regular archiver. This method does not always work, but no one forbids you to try.

Remember. These programs are not created to copy and distribute copyright content that is contained on disks. These programs are designed to facilitate and increase the speed of your work at a personal computer.