What Is an ISZ File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert ISZ Files

ISZ Files
ISZ Files.

A file with the ISZ file extension is a Zipped ISO Disk Image file. They are compressed, and sometimes encrypted, ISO images created by EZB Systems for the purpose of saving disk space.

An ISZ file can be split up into smaller parts so that the data can be saved on multiple storage devices but still be joined together as a whole file.

How to Open an ISZ File

Though not free, EZB Systems UltraISO can not only create ISZ files but also open them.

To open an ISZ file with UltraISO (even the trial version), use the Tools > Uncompress ISZ... option. What this will do is basically convert the ISZ file to an ISO file and put the ISO in the same folder as the ISZ file.

Alcohol 120% can open ISZ files too, but it's also not a free program.

DAEMON Tools Lite and WinMount Free Edition are two free alternatives that can mount ISZ files. Mounting, here, means that the program will open the ISZ file as if it's a storage device so you can browse through the contents.

For example, a quick way to open the ISZ file with DEAMON Tools Lite is to first open the program and then use the Quick Mount option to browse for and select the ISZ file. DEAMON Tools Lite will find a suitable disk drive letter to use and then mount the ISZ file as a virtual drive, meaning the computer will think the data is actually on a disc.

You can then browse through the ISZ file as you would browse through the contents of a disc.

Note: If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the ISZ file but it's the wrong application, or if you would rather have another installed program open ISZ files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How to Convert an ISZ File

On easy way to convert ISZ to ISO is to use the UltraISO program mentioned above.

It's very simple to do and it works even with the trial version of the program.

UltraISO also lets you convert the ISZ file to other image file formats like BIN, NRG, MDF, and IMG, through its File > Convert... menu option.

AnyToISO is another way to convert an ISZ file to the much more common ISO file format.

If you want to convert the files inside the ISZ file to another format (and not the ISZ file itself), then you should first convert the ISZ to ISO using either method just mentioned, and then use a free zip/unzip program to extract the contents out of the ISO. The files that remain can probably be converted using a free file converter.

Converting ISZ to an archive format like RAR, ZIP, 7Z, etc., is best done if you first convert the ISZ to ISO. Then you can use a tool like CloudConvert to convert the ISO to an archive file. Another option is to use a file decompression program like 7-Zip to extract the files out of the ISO and then use the same program to compress the files to 7Z, ZIP, etc.

Still Can't Open Your File?

The first thing you should check is that the file extension truly reads ".ISZ" and not something similar like .SZ, which is the file extension that belongs to Winamp Classic Skin Download files.

The file extensions are similar but they have nothing to do with each other; SZ files open with Winamp.

Another similar sounding file extension is ISS, which is for both Inno Setup Script files and InstallShield Silent Response files. Again, these files have nothing to do with ISZ files but are instead used with Inno Setup and InstallShield.

The point for doing this is to of course make sure that you're actually dealing with an ISZ file that can open with the ISZ file openers from above. If it's not a true ISZ file that you have, then you need to look elsewhere to see what can open your specific file.

For additional help, 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 ISZ file and I'll see what I can do to help.