Many people may be unfamiliar with ISO image files and have met a lot of questions upon ISO image file using, mounting, creating and backup. In this guidance, you will learn some detailed information and practical solutions about Blu-ray ISO image file. This article is also applicable to DVD/CD ISO image files.


What is Blu-ray ISO Image File

An ISO image file, also called a disc image, is a complete copy of an optical disc, including CD, DVD and Blu-ray. ISO image files usually have a file extension of .iso.

ISO image files could be used in a variety of ways. Since ISO file is a backup of a disc, it could act as what the original disc could do when you lose or damage the original disc. You can also "mount" the ISO, which makes it accessible as if it were a physical disc, so that you could install software from ISO image file with the absence of physical disc drive. The ISO file can also be "burned" back onto another CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc, creating a copy of the original disc.

The most common way to get an ISO file is to download it from a website. However, you could create ISO image files by yourself with original CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc.

(For more detailed technical information about ISO image file, check out the ISO image article on Wikipedia.)


Create Blu-ray ISO Image File

To create Blu-ray ISO image file is, in another word, to backup or rip Blu-ray to ISO image file, from Blu-ray disc and Blu-ray movie folder. Thus, firstly, source Blu-ray disc or folder should be prepared. To backup Blu-ray disc to ISO image file, a Blu-ray drive is a must-have. Things you need to prepare beforehand:

  • 1. Source Blu-ray disc or folder.
  • 2. Computer with Blu-ray disc drive if you need to copy and backup Blu-ray disc to ISO image file.
  • 3. Download and install Blu-ray to ISO backup software – Leawo Blu-ray Copy.
  • 4. Internet connection.


Leawo Blu-ray Copy – The ever best Blu-ray backup software for PC users
* Back up Blu-ray disc/folder to hard drive or disc without quality loss;
* Back up Blu-ray ISO to blank BD disc in one click;
* Movie-only backup, 1:1 disc duplication, etc.


Leawo Blu-ray Copy

The below is a detailed guide to show you how to create Blu-ray ISO file from Blu-ray disc.

Step 1: Add source Blu-ray files

After the abovementioned things are prepared, kick off Leawo Blu-ray Copy and then click the "Add Blu-ray/DVD" button to browse and add source Blu-ray disc or Blu-ray folder (the BDMV folder). Also, you could choose to directly drag and drop source Blu-ray files into this Blu-ray Copy software.

Step 2: Choose copy mode

Leawo Blu-ray Copy offers 3 different copy modes: 1:1 disc to disc Full Movie mode, movie-only Main movie mode and Custom Mode (allowing you to select desired chapters or titles for backup). Select one mode according to personal needs. Meanwhile, at the bottom-left corner, choose the output disc type you would like the result ISO image file to be (BD50 or BD25). You could select subtitles and audio tracks if you choose "Main Movie" and "Custom Mode".

Step 3: Blu-ray to ISO backup settings

Move mouse to the big green "Copy" button and click it. On the popup sidebar, tick "ISO File" under "Copy to" option and set a directory in "Save to" to save the final ISO file. You could also reset the "Disc Label" as you like. After these, click the bottom "Copy" button to start creating ISO file out of Blu-ray files.

Backup ISO file to Blu-ray disc

Backup ISO file onto disc, in another word, burn ISO to Blu-ray disc, is another practical and powerful function that Leawo Blu-ray Copy owns. Just like an ISO burner or ISO image burner, Leawo Blu-ray Copy offers one-click operation to help copy and back up ISO file onto blank writable BD disc. Insert a recordable Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray disc drive and then follow the below instructions to learn how to backup ISO to Blu-ray disc.

Step 1: Add ISO file

Download and install Leawo Blu-ray Copy on your computer. Run the Blu-ray Copy program after installation. Click the inverted triangle drop-down button next to the "Add Blu-ray/DVD" button, or directly drag and drop source Blu-ray ISO file into this Blu-ray Copy for adding.

Step 2: Related settings

After loading source ISO file, this Blu-ray Copy would pop up an "Add iso file" window to let you select target disc drive in "Copy to" box and set "Disc Label" freely.

Step 3: Start ISO to disc backup

Finally, click the "Burn" button on the "Add iso file" window to start burning Blu-ray ISO image file onto Blu-ray disc.

Note: DVD ISO image files could only be copied onto DVD discs, while BD ISO image files could only be copied onto BD discs. Taking the storage into account, it's not recommended to back up DVD-9 ISO file onto DVD-5 disc and BD50 ISO file onto BD25 disc.

Use ISO image files

You could get 2 ways to use ISO image files here: mount ISO image and open ISO image directly with 3rd-party apps.

Mount ISO image file

To use your ISO image and make your files accessible, install a virtual disc drive, then locate the ISO image file on your hard drive and right-click it to select "Mount" (only for Windows users). The ISO image file would be accessible in a new drive letter, as if it were a physical disc drive inserted into your computer. This process is mostly known as mount ISO image file. You could firstly mount ISO image file and then run the ISO image file freely.

Open ISO image file with 3rd-party app

Or, you could open ISO image file with 3rd-party apps like WinRAR archiver. For Blu-ray movie ISO image file, you could also directly use 3rd-party to open and play Blu-ray ISO image file. Some Blu-ray Player software apps could directly play back Blu-ray ISO image files for you.