There are many formats of disk images which is not possible to mount with standard Linux tools. But, with “Iat” tool, we can convert it to ISO format and then mount it with mount command.

Iat (Iso9660 Analyzer Tool) is a tool, by Salvatore Santagati, for detecting the structure of many types of CD-ROM image file formats, such as BIN, MDF, PDI, CDI, NRG, and B5I, and converting them into ISO (ISO-9660).


It’s included in the Debian repositories, so installation is simple:

sudo apt-get install iat


It very easy to use:

iat input-image-file output-iso-file


Convert MDX-image to ISO9660:

iat image.mdx image.iso

Convert NRG-image to ISO9660:

iat image.nrg image.iso

Convert BIN-image to ISO9660:

iat image.bin > image.iso

Write CD directly from MDF-image:

iat image.mdf | cdrecord

If output file name is not defined, then STDOUT will be used instead.

Then we can mount ISO image with standard Linux tools:

mount -o loop image.iso /mnt/disk

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