How to Open .daa Files for Free

There are many formats or file extensions which require only a particular software to use them. One such extension is .daa( Direct Access Archives ). It is a default format for PowerISO. This software is mainly used to compress large ISO files. The speciality of .DAA file format are compression, password protection, and splitting to multiple volumes.

Many files on the Internet are available in DAA format. We can’t use Power ISO for every one of them. So here is a way to open or extract them for free.Extracting DAA files require two steps

  • Converting the DAA file to an ISO file, and then
  • Burning the ISO file to a disc or extracting the ISO to get the required files.

In order to extract DAA files you will need two softwares :

DAA 2 ISO and IZarc

Once you’ve downloaded and installed them, follow these easy steps:

  • Open DAA2ISO, and in the first box, point to the DAA file. In the second box, select the place where you want to extract the ISO, and also the filename for it.
  • Open IZArc, and point to the ISO file and fill in the details like where you want it to be extracted to.

In this way you get the original encrypted files. This will be in .ISO format. You can burn them on a disk by using any burning software like NERO or ImgBurn (freeware). Open the software and  burn the ISO file to a disc to get a disc with all the contents of the original DAA file. Using Power ISO or ISO buster you can view the files directly with out burning them on a disk. You can even use softwares like Virtual Drive or Alcohol to mount the ISO files on a virtual disk drive to explore the files.

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September 2, 2008 by: Prasanth Chandra


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