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This article is about the disk image emulator. For the collection of tools for managing Unix services, see daemontools.

DAEMON Tools is a virtual drive and optical disc authoring program for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS.[9]


DAEMON tools was originally a successor of Generic SafeDisc emulator and incorporated all of its demon tools life The program claims to be able to defeat most copy protection schemes such as SafeDisc and SecuROM.[11] It is currently compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

DAEMON Tools has demon tools life special mode for proper operation of copies of discs with advanced protection (SafeDisc, SecuRom and LaserLock, CDCOPS, StarForce and Protect CD), which are used on some discs with games.[12]


Six editions of the product exist: Ultra, Lite, Pro Standard, Pro Advanced, Net and DT for Mac.

A feature comparison is given below.[13] Also, company provides two additional solutions for the data storage organization: DAEMON Tools USB 2[14] that allows sharing different types of USB devices between remote workstations and DAEMON Tools iSCSI Target 2[15] – a cross-platform solution that enables creating an iSCSI storage server and provides access to virtual or physical devices, along with VHD images, within home or corporate network.

FeatureLite demon tools life Standard 5Pro Advanced 5Net 5Ultra 2for Mac 2
License typeAdwareA / SharewareBSharewareSharewareSharewareSharewareShareware
Maximum number of DT and SCSI virtual devices416323232Unlimited
Maximum number of IDE virtual devices004440
Command-line interfaceYesYesYesYesYesNo
Image compressionYesYesYesYesYesNo
Image password protectionCYesYesYesYesYesNo
Image creationDExtraction only; no preset profilesYesYesYesYesNo
Burning imagesNeeds AstroburnYesYesYesYesNo
Image collection's managementNoYesYesYesYesYes
Image editingNoYesYesYesYesNo
Image splittingENoYesYesYesYesNo
Shell extensionsNoYesYesYesNoYes
Virtual device property monitoringNoYesYesYesYesNo
Volume Mount PointsFNoYesYesYesYesNo
Burning RMPS data on discsNoNoYesYesYesNo
Image conversionDNoNoYesYesYesNo
Mounting virtual hard disks (VHD)NoNoNoNoYesYes
Installation over the networkNoNoNoYesNoNo
Image Catalog sharingNoNoNoYesNoNo
iSCSI ServerNoNoNoUp to 16 targetsNoNo
iSCSI InitiatorNoNoNoYesYesYes
Mounting images on remote computersNoNoNoYesYesNo
Sharing disc drives on the networkNoNoNoYesNoNo
Bootable USB creationNoNoNoNoYesNo
RAM Disk creationNoNoNoNoYesNo
TrueCrypt image creationNoNoNoNoYesNo
Mounting ZIP filesNoNoNoNoYesNo

^ Free for non-commercial use without technical support. Technical support and the right to use commercially may be purchased.[16][17]

B. ^ In Korea, Freemium license is not available since ver. 4.45.1.[18][19]
C. ^ Applies on to and images.
D. ^ Supported output formats include and
E. ^ The ability to split an image files into multiple demon tools life of fxed maximum sizes.

Not supported by DAEMON Demon tools life Lite, as of 22 February 2012.[20]

F. ^ The ability to mount an image into a folder on an NTFS drive

File format[edit]

The default file format of DAEMON Tools is Media Data eXtended (MDX).

MDX is a disc image file format similar to MDS/MDF images. Demon tools life supports all of MDS/MDF format features except that all data is in one monolithic demon tools life only. The files of these types bear the filename extension of .[21]

MDX file contains metadata of original media – specifically the main physical parameters of disc, such as layer breaks, sessions, tracks and other. It could be described as being demon tools life archive file containing all data from a CD/DVD.

It demon tools life supports data compression.

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MDX file includes the magic number "MEDIA DESCRIPTOR" at the beginning of the file.


On 13 February 2012, one of DAEMON Tools components known as MountSpace became a subject of privacy concerns. MountSpace, a service-oriented component gathers and sends information about disc images used in DAEMON Tools to along with users' IP addresses.

Although MountSpace can be disabled during installation, it is criticized for transmitting information despite being disabled and lacking a privacy policy.[22][23][24][25] The initial discovery of the concerning issue is attributed to Rafael Rivera of Within Windows blog.[22][24][25]

Related programs[edit]


YASU (Yet Another SecuROM Utility) is a very small tool that works as demon tools life SCSI-drive protector.

Demon tools life was created by sYk0 and can be used to hide emulated drives from SecuROM 7 demon tools life SafeDisc 4. YASU is a companion program for Daemon Tools and currently being hosted, supported and maintained by the Daemon Tools team.

On March 4 of 2009, sYk0 announced development of Omen which is to succeed development of YASU.[26] As of January 2010, development of Demon tools life has been abandoned.[27]

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