I’m restoring the first computer I built when I was in primary school, and have been trying to locate the exact OEM version of Windows 95 I licenced along with the parts from Make Fine Computer in Funan Centre. I call out the name of the shop as a nostalgic homage, as they’ve long since closed down. ♡
Winworld and the Internet Archive have been tremendous resources for finding these images, but one version I downloaded came extracted to an MDF. It’s an Alcohol 120% disk image that can’t be burned to a CD on my Mac or BSD boxes, so I wanted to convert it an ISO.
It’s easy enough with the surprisingly-named mdf2iso:
$ mdf2iso Win95_OSR25.mdf ==> mdf2iso v0.3.1 by Salvatore Santagati ==> Licensed under GPL v2 or later ==> Win95_OSR25.mdf is already ISO9660.
Sure enough, just appending the
.iso extension worked.
Lesson learned: try mounting MDFs as if they’re ISOs first. If it isn’t, use Salvatore Santagati’s excellent utility. If only those awful
cue files were as easy.