How do i mount mdf files, with VCD or another free image mouting software?


A long time ago i backed up all my sims 2 files on my portable harddrive. The PC that the original was stored on died and in the meantime i grew bored of sims, grew up, moved away from home and got a laptop. When i came to uni i though i had bought all my sims games with me, and decided yesterday I wanted to play, but actually i left the nightlife discs at home but bought the case and booklet facepalm.

I ran up maxis and they will replace it at a charge, but I don’t want to do that because i already paid £20 for the game and I don’t want to wait (i need to mail my box ect to them first) and my brother can’t find them to mail them to me which is annoying.

In my external hard drive i managed to find the original file and reading advice on the internet managed to locate the bits i thought i would need. On advice I downloaded Virtual clone drive, and it was simple to use (i’m a tecno-phobe who has never done this before!) The .bin file keeps failing, (i.e. i mounted it and it goes to autorun but nothing shows up past that point so i can’t install it) so i want to try with the .mdf file in the folder (you have no idea how much i have learned in the past 24 hours!) but i don’t think VCD supports it?

Basically i’m in need of idiot proof instructions on how to do it, hopefully with freeware? (:wink: i am a student after all!)

Thankyou for any help you can give!


I tried the advice here too, but it didn’t work. The file already had a cue file.

So there is a cue file in the folder (default opener is VCL media player for some reason…) a mds file, a mdf file and a bin file. What should i do? I really am clueless at this. I’m searching everyehere for a solution :frowning: please help!

P.S i’m running vista.

Alcohol 52% and Daemon-Tools Lite are both VERY capable to mount your imagefiles and are freeware…
If it’s your install cd that is in the mds/mdf format,you might be able to install it,as this imageformat can embed most copyprotections when creating the image.