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OSFMount

OSFMount

OSFMount allows you to mount local disk image files (bit-for-bit copies of a disk partition) in Windows with a drive letter. You can then analyze the disk image file with PassMark OSForensics™ by using the mounted volume’s drive letter. By default, the image files are mounted as read only so that the original image files are not altered.

OSFMount also supports the creation of RAM disks, basically a disk mounted into RAM. This generally has a large speed benefit over using a hard disk. As such this is useful with applications requiring high speed disk access, such a database applications, games (such as game cache files) and browsers (cache files). A second benefit is security, as the disk contents are not stored on a physical hard disk (but rather in RAM) and on system shutdown the disk contents are not persistent.

OSFMount supports mounting images of CDs, which can be useful when a particular CD is used often and the speed of access is important.
Supported File Extensions
OSFMount supports the mounting of the following Windows image file formats:

Image Format Read Write Mount as RAM drive Convert to Image file Extend Format
Raw Image (.IMG, .DD)
Raw CD Image (.ISO, .BIN)
Split Raw Image (.00n)
Nero Burning ROM Image (.NRG)
System Deployment Image (.SDI)
Advanced Forensics Format Images* (AFF)
Advanced Forensics Format Images w/ meta data* (AFM)
Advanced Forensics Format Directories* (AFD)
VMWare Image (.VMDK)

* The supported version of Advanced Forensics Format is AFFv3 with zlib compression support. Encryption and signatures are not supported.

 

System Requirements

Windows XP, Vista & Win 7
Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008
32bit and 64bit support
It is recommended that 64-bit Windows is used when large disk image files are to be mounted. The 32-bit version can only be used on 32-bit Windows. The 64-bit version can only be used on 64-bit Windows.
Users must have administrator privileges.
RAM: 1GB. When mounting large disk images, the more RAM the better.
Disk space: 1 MB of free hard disk space for the installation files.

Homepage: http://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

Download 32bit: http://www.osforensics.com/downloads/osfmount.exe

Download 64bit: http://www.osforensics.com/downloads/osfmount_x64.exe

VirtualBox

VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). See “About VirtualBox” for an introduction.

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Sun ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.

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Homepage: http://www.virtualbox.org/

Download: http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

License: Freeware

Categories: Utilities, Virtualization

VMware

VMware

Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications through virtualization. Start by eliminating the old “one server, one application” model and run multiple virtual machines on each physical machine. Free your IT admins from spending so much time managing servers rather than innovating. About 70% of a typical IT budget in a non-virtualized datacenter goes towards just maintaining the existing infrastructure, with little left for innovation.

An automated datacenter built on the production-proven VMware virtualization platform lets you respond to market dynamics faster and more efficiently than ever before. VMware vSphere delivers resources, applications—even servers—when and where they’re needed. VMware customers typically save 50-70% on overall IT costs by consolidating their resource pools and delivering highly available machines with VMware vSphere.

Homepage: http://www.vmware.com

Download (ver. 7.1): http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_downloads/vmware_workstation/7_0

License: Your VMware Workstation license entitles you to 30 days

Categories: Utilities, Virtualization
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