What is a DAA File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert DAA Files

Picture of the DAA file icon

A file with the DAA file extension is a Direct Access Archive file. They're a lot like ISO files in that they can be full image copies of discs, but have some advantages over ISO like compression and file splitting abilities.

Some DAA files might be encrypted, protected behind a password, and even split up into smaller pieces like file.part01.daa, file.part02.daa, etc.

The Direct Access Archive format is a proprietary one developed by the same people that created the disc imaging software PowerISO.

How To Open a DAA File

Direct Access Archive DAA files can be opened, created, and burned to a disc with the PowerISO program.

For Windows, Pismo File Mount Audit Package should be able to mount a DAA file as a virtual disc. This makes Windows think there's a real disc inserted even when one isn't really there. It's useful so you don't have to burn the DAA file to a disc before using it. AcetoneISO does the same but for Linux.

MagicISO and UltraISO can open DAA files as well.

Some free file zip/unzip tools may be able to open DAA files too, which would let you access the files neither without having to burn the files to a disc nor without having to mount the DAA files as a virtual disc.

How To Convert a DAA File

Even though DAA files are designed strictly for PowerISO, there are a few methods for converting DAA to ISO so that you can burn it to disc with image burning software like ImgBurn.

One way to convert a DAA file to the ISO format is a tool called DAA2ISO.

It's extremely simple to use and doesn't need to be installed to your computer. It even supports multipart DAA files. TechZilo has a picture tutorial that explains how to use DAA2ISO.

DAA Converter converts DAA to ISO on macOS. It actually works the same that DAA2ISO does, but has a graphical user interface.

See TechZilo's tutorial on converting DAA to the ISO image format if you need help.

Tip: Once you've converted the DAA file to ISO format, see How To Burn an ISO Image File to a CD, DVD, or BD if you need help putting the ISO image on a disc.

You can not convert a DAA file to MP3, PDF, or any other format like that. Since DAA files are disc image files, they can technically only be converted to other disc image formats, which is why it's possible to convert DAA to ISO.

However, if you open the DAA file with a file unzip tool like I explained above, you can then convert those individual files to something else. Use a free file converter to do that.

More Help With DAA Files

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the DAA file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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