Howto open .daa files (Direct-Access-Archive) under Linux / UNIX

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Q. How do I open .daa file under Linux or UNIX or Windows?

A. You need to use PowerISO for Linux (windows xp/vista/2000 user see below)– This is a free utility for linux which can extract, list, and convert image files (including ISO, BIN, DAA, and other formats). Type “poweriso -? ” for detailed usage information. It is a disk image format that supports advanced features, such as compression, password protection, and splitting to multiple volumes.

Update: Checkout AcetoneISO – a GUI utility for Linux and the disk image emulator that mounts images of DVD and CD media. It can open your .daa file.

Open .daa file – Linux only program

Download poweriso here. Or use wget program:
$ wget
$ tar -zxvf poweriso-1.2.tar.gz
$ ls



Task: list all files and directories in root direcory of /mnt/iso/obsd39/cd39.iso

$ ./poweriso list /mnt/iso/obsd39/cd39.iso /
$ ./poweriso list /mnt/iso/obsd39/cd39.iso / -r

Convert files/directories from .daa image file

Convert image file to other format. For example convert image.daa to standard iso file, enter:
$./poweriso convert image.daa -o image.iso -ot iso

Extract files/directories from image file

Extract all files and directories in root directory of /mnt/iso/obsd39/cd39.iso to /tmp recursively:
$ ./poweriso extract image.iso / -od /tmp

Task: Display help

Type poweriso -? for help:
$ ./poweriso -?

Open daa file – MS Windows only program

You need to use special shareware program called PowerISO to open .daa extension files. This program only works under MS-Windows. See PowerISO web site for more information.

Download PowerISO

Download a free copy of PowerISO (trial version i.e. try it before you purchase software) for MS-Windows.