How to emulate my external HDD as DVD?

My motherboard has an emulation option to emulate USBs as CD/DVD, HDD or Floppy. I copy the files in a CD or DVD to my external HDD (Western Digital 160GB) but it does not work as CD/DVD. What I'm missing?
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  1. It will emulate a CD/DVD, HDD or a floppy if you use a USB thumb drive. You can't force DVD emulation for a hard disk.
  2. Isn't it same thing? USB thumb drive or USB hard disk? Mine is http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-2-5-inch-Passport-Portable/dp/B000J1HPXK
  3. No they are not. Why would you want to use a hard disk and emulate a CD/DVD?
  4. My DVD-ROM is dead. I want to install Windows 7 from my hard disk. I found one another way (actually it is for Vista) but I'm gettig error. http://unlockforus.blogspot.com/2008/09/how-to-makecreate-bootable-usb-flash.html It says that botloader or something like that (I do not remmeber exact phrase now) is corrupted.
  5. Since you want Windows 7 on it, did you do it from a Windows 7 DVD?
  6. Yes. 7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_en-us_retail_ultimate-grc1culfrer_en_dvd.iso Accesed it using a virtual DVD-ROM.
  7. I never tried accessing boot info from a virtual DVD-ROM, but it should work since VMs can be installed from an ISO file. You may want to try a different procedure, like this one that's a lot simpler: http://kurtsh.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DA410C7F7E038D!1665.entry
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