Translating ISO encoded data for file recovery

The key to understanding ISO image recovery is to think of an ISO image as somewhat of a foreign language. If you were to visit Egypt and look at hieroglyphics written inside of the pyramids, it is very likely you would not be able to understand what the figures meant. You would need a system to translate those images into the language you are fluent in. By the same token, understanding the language used to create ISO images allows one to render that data into more conventional and the original image file formats.

For example a Microsoft Word file is translated into an ISO image file so that the data may be burned onto a CD. To recover data from ISO image files we need a program specifically designed to translate that information back to its original form and hence allow us to use it conventionally. These programs are known as ISO readers and very often allow us to read the underlying files within an ISO image. A similar software approach is that of a virtual CD or DVD which one installs onto their computer’s desktop. This also translates the ISO image information but does so by fooling your computer’s internal hard drive into thinking it is reading a CD or DVD.