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Virtual CD/DVD for Free!

Virtual CD/DVD for Free!

I recently bought a 500GB hard-drive. One of my motivations was that I had started to lose a couple of DVD’s because of scratches and some of the movies I have I don’t want to have to replace, it just seems wasteful. So, I’ve ripped a number dvds into an ISO on my harddrive. Well, that’s great, only now I realize that I’ve got ISO’s that I want to turn into XVid or DivX formats and the free tools I’ve found don’t seem to read ISO format. In addition, being a software developer and being adverse to keeping a lot of CD images around for installs, have a number of ISO files as CD Images (for burning when I need a copy to give out) of my software installs. **Update: Thanks to a comment from Joe Lowe of Pismo Technic Inc. I checked out his product for mounting Virtual CD’s/DVD’s/Zips etc. Definitely preferable to what I originally blogged about. Check out my posting on this here. ** I want a virtual CD, to be able to mount the ISO file as a drive. Well, this has proven painful to find. It turns out that Microsoft has an unsupported utility that let’s you do this. It was difficult to find, but here is the link for the download. link for the download from download.microsoft.com. Installation is easy, even if it’s not automated completely. I’m using this on Windows XP Home without any problem so far. I’ve loaded DVD’s and CD’s this way. Cool!

THIS TOOL IS UNSUPPORTED BY MICROSOFT PRODUCT SUPPORT SERVICES System Requirements =================== - Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional Installation instructions ========================= 1. Copy VCdRom.sys to your %systemroot%\system32\drivers folder. 2. Execute VCdControlTool.exe 3. Click “Driver control” 4. If the “Install Driver” button is available, click it. Navigate to the %systemroot%\system32\drivers folder, select VCdRom.sys, and click Open. 5. Click “Start” 6. Click OK 7. Click “Add Drive” to add a drive to the drive list. Ensure that the drive added is not a local drive. If it is, continue to click “Add Drive” until an unused drive letter is available. 8. Select an unused drive letter from the drive list and click “Mount”. 9. Navigate to the image file, select it, and click “OK”. UNC naming conventions should not be used, however mapped network drives should be OK. You may now use the drive letter as if it were a local CD-ROM device. When you are finished you may unmount, stop, and remove the driver from memory using the driver control.

Comments

Joe: Virtual CDROM Control Panel is a to-the-point solution for mounting ISOs, but it is unsupported, somewhat involved to install and use, and does not work on Vista or x64. A few similar free alternative utilities are: Pismo File Mount Audit Package, http://www.pismotechnic.com/pfm/ap/ . Very convenient for mounting ISOs. Also supports mounting ZIP and PFO (Private Folder) files. OsrVirtualCdAndDisk, http://osronline.com/article.cfm?article=410 . Both utilities support Vista and x64.

gabruce: Joe, thanks so much for the comment. I checked out Pismo File Mount Audit and it looks better than anything else I’ve seen. I’ll definitely be trying this out and writing about it. Thanks again, Greg

1 Jun 2008