Ripping a CD and use the file as "virtual CD drive"

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Please tell me if there are more appropriate groups for this question.

I was wondering if I could somehow rip the whole CD into an ISO file or
something, then use it as some "virtual CD drive". This would definitely
solve my speed problems, I think.

What started me thinking is that I would like to play an old game which runs
from CD, but is damn slow. Every
time the scene changes, it loads a new song from the CD, and this takes long
(also on my 2,4GHz computer, with a 52x LG CD reader). It doesn't use
ordinary files, but ordinary CD tracks for the music. (These don't show in
the file system.) So simply copying the contents of the CD to the
winchester and running the game from there doesn't work.

Any ideas? (Or at least where to look after a solution?)

Thx
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.directx.misc,microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Agoston Bejo wrote:

    > Please tell me if there are more appropriate groups for this question.
    >
    > I was wondering if I could somehow rip the whole CD into an ISO file
    > or something, then use it as some "virtual CD drive". This would
    > definitely solve my speed problems, I think.
    >
    > What started me thinking is that I would like to play an old game
    > which runs from CD, but is damn slow. Every
    > time the scene changes, it loads a new song from the CD, and this
    > takes long (also on my 2,4GHz computer, with a 52x LG CD reader). It
    > doesn't use ordinary files, but ordinary CD tracks for the music.
    > (These don't show in the file system.) So simply copying the contents
    > of the CD to the winchester and running the game from there doesn't
    > work.
    >
    > Any ideas? (Or at least where to look after a solution?)
    >
    > Thx

    See my answer to your first post.

    Malke
    --
    MS-MVP Windows User/Shell
    Elephant Boy Computers
    www.elephantboycomputers.com
    "Don't Panic"
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.directx.misc,microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    http://www.farstone.com

    "Agoston Bejo" <gusz1@freemail.hu> wrote in message
    news:%23PmJjnExEHA.3168@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > Please tell me if there are more appropriate groups for this question.
    >
    > I was wondering if I could somehow rip the whole CD into an ISO file or
    > something, then use it as some "virtual CD drive". This would definitely
    > solve my speed problems, I think.
    >
    > What started me thinking is that I would like to play an old game which
    > runs
    > from CD, but is damn slow. Every
    > time the scene changes, it loads a new song from the CD, and this takes
    > long
    > (also on my 2,4GHz computer, with a 52x LG CD reader). It doesn't use
    > ordinary files, but ordinary CD tracks for the music. (These don't show in
    > the file system.) So simply copying the contents of the CD to the
    > winchester and running the game from there doesn't work.
    >
    > Any ideas? (Or at least where to look after a solution?)
    >
    > Thx
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.directx.misc,microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    I have had good luck with a a FREE virtual CD "drive" by Circle One:

    http://www.circleofone.com/

    Once installed, it creates a saoftware "device" that looks like a CD drive
    to windows explorer. It places an icon in the system tray with right-click
    options to do things like make a virtual CD image from a real CD, insert a
    virtual CD, eject a virtual CD. The images are not ISO format. Rather,
    they are a compressed format unique to this virtual CD drive.

    I encountered only two oddities: The first is that some programs insist
    that they be played on the same drive letter from which they were installed.
    If you have that problem, just uninstall the program and re-install it from
    the virtual CD. The second is that my external USB CD writer is NOT
    recognized as a CD writer, if the virtual CD drive is active. I need to use
    the XP device manager to "disable" the virtual CD drive, before the real CD
    drive will write. (It reads fine, even with the virtual drive active.) I
    have found that if the external drive is attached BEFORE I enable the
    virtual drive, then I can just use the device manager to toggle the virtual
    drive enable/disable. But, if the external drive is NOT attached, then I
    also need to warm boot the PC. An internal drve is always "attached", so if
    you have one of those, this oddity boils down to the simple toggle case
    without any rebooting. My external DVD drive behaves just like the external
    CD drive.

    The one onther (minor) limitation is that this virtual CD drive will not
    work on DVDs. I have some map programs that come on one DVD or several CDs.
    The single DVD is more convenient, but can not be converted to a virtual CD
    image.

    "Agoston Bejo" <gusz1@freemail.hu> wrote in message
    news:%23PmJjnExEHA.3168@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > Please tell me if there are more appropriate groups for this question.
    >
    > I was wondering if I could somehow rip the whole CD into an ISO file or
    > something, then use it as some "virtual CD drive". This would definitely
    > solve my speed problems, I think.
    >
    > What started me thinking is that I would like to play an old game which
    > runs
    > from CD, but is damn slow. Every
    > time the scene changes, it loads a new song from the CD, and this takes
    > long
    > (also on my 2,4GHz computer, with a 52x LG CD reader). It doesn't use
    > ordinary files, but ordinary CD tracks for the music. (These don't show in
    > the file system.) So simply copying the contents of the CD to the
    > winchester and running the game from there doesn't work.
    >
    > Any ideas? (Or at least where to look after a solution?)
    >
    > Thx
    >
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.directx.misc,microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/b/6/7b6abd84-7841-4978-96f5-bd58df02efa2/winxpvirtualcdcontrolpanel_21.exe

    is Virtual CD. Your software that came with the drive can probably make ISOs.
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    http://www.uscricket.com
    "Agoston Bejo" <gusz1@freemail.hu> wrote in message news:%23PmJjnExEHA.3168@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > Please tell me if there are more appropriate groups for this question.
    >
    > I was wondering if I could somehow rip the whole CD into an ISO file or
    > something, then use it as some "virtual CD drive". This would definitely
    > solve my speed problems, I think.
    >
    > What started me thinking is that I would like to play an old game which runs
    > from CD, but is damn slow. Every
    > time the scene changes, it loads a new song from the CD, and this takes long
    > (also on my 2,4GHz computer, with a 52x LG CD reader). It doesn't use
    > ordinary files, but ordinary CD tracks for the music. (These don't show in
    > the file system.) So simply copying the contents of the CD to the
    > winchester and running the game from there doesn't work.
    >
    > Any ideas? (Or at least where to look after a solution?)
    >
    > Thx
    >
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    There are plenty of programs out there that will make an
    exact copy of your cd right onto your HD in .iso format
    and also have virtual cd drivers be able to read them.

    Alcohol 120% (makes .iso to HD, Plus has virtual cd drives)
    CloneCD (makes files to hd, plus virtual cd drives)

    I also think the makers of clonecd (Slysoft) released a
    free virtual cd drive so that you can read any .iso format
    on the HD and play back from the HD as if it was a CD Rom.

    Check out download.com or softseek.com for the download
    links. I do not know the authors websites..it's been a
    while since I used them but I do highly recommend them.

    ...clownz


    >-----Original Message-----
    >Please tell me if there are more appropriate groups for
    this question.
    >
    >I was wondering if I could somehow rip the whole CD into
    an ISO file or
    >something, then use it as some "virtual CD drive". This
    would definitely
    >solve my speed problems, I think.
    >
    >What started me thinking is that I would like to play an
    old game which runs
    >from CD, but is damn slow. Every
    >time the scene changes, it loads a new song from the CD,
    and this takes long
    >(also on my 2,4GHz computer, with a 52x LG CD reader). It
    doesn't use
    >ordinary files, but ordinary CD tracks for the music.
    (These don't show in
    >the file system.) So simply copying the contents of the
    CD to the
    >winchester and running the game from there doesn't work.
    >
    >Any ideas? (Or at least where to look after a solution?)
    >
    >Thx
    >
    >
    >
    >.
    >
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