View Full Version : Virtual CD drive

30-09-2009, 07:11 PM
Is it possible to make a virtual CD Rom drive within the computer and place the data in that virtual drive? And then use that drive to run the program.

30-09-2009, 07:16 PM
In other words, you want to make a CD iso? e.g select files to make an iso file

30-09-2009, 07:25 PM

30-09-2009, 07:28 PM
Make ISO with ImgBurn>Mount with something MagicISO or Daemon Tools..

30-09-2009, 07:33 PM
Would that work like a virtual cd rom drive?

Speedy Gonzales
30-09-2009, 07:35 PM
Thats why its called virtual cd

30-09-2009, 07:37 PM
How do I do it then?

Speedy Gonzales
30-09-2009, 07:43 PM
Blam told you. You'll have to install a separate program

30-09-2009, 07:48 PM
You can download ImgBurn (http://www.imgburn.com/) to make the ISO cd, and then use VirtualCloneDrive (http://www.softpedia.com/get/CD-DVD-Tools/Virtual-CD-DVD-Rom/Virtual-CloneDrive.shtml) to mount the drive as a virtual device. You could also use Alcohol 52% (http://download.cnet.com/Alcohol-52-FE/3000-2242_4-10198084.html) to mount it. (Alcohol also has a better interface, VCD is a simple minimal interface)

30-09-2009, 07:49 PM
Thanks for the links bob_doe_nz.

30-09-2009, 08:07 PM
Are there any advantages of having a virtual CD over having to place one in the CD ROM drive

Speedy Gonzales
30-09-2009, 08:18 PM
No it just acts as a spare / virtual cd. Altho it may depend on WHAT youre going to use (if it needs the original cd, not a copy or ISO), it probably wont work

30-09-2009, 08:30 PM
one advantage is that the data on the virtual cd (be it music or software or a game)
will be read at the speed of a hard drive instead of a CD drive
Try magic disc

30-09-2009, 08:39 PM
Also its a fact that it is difficult to put scratches on a virtual CD. :)

30-09-2009, 08:43 PM
And it saves a little wear and tear on the optical drive itself.

30-09-2009, 10:20 PM
I tried to it and it came up with bad sector errors with the disc.

30-09-2009, 10:25 PM
That would indicate copy protection.

01-10-2009, 08:39 AM
Did you try Daemon tools? It has ways of *bypassing* copyright protection..

01-10-2009, 10:33 AM
Tried it and it didn't work. Can't be bothered trying again