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Virtual CloneDrive

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Bowman has produced several excellent screencasts for us in the past. I was only too happy to share this with all of you. The quality is, as usual, excellent! The content is important.

Virtual CloneDrive works just like any physical CD or DVD driver. However, it’s virtual! All image files made with CloneDrive can be mounted onto a virtual drive from either your hard disk or a network drive. The image can then be used the same way as if it was coming off of a normal CD or DVD drive!

Virtual CloneDrive will support all major image formats, such as an ISO or CCD file. It can support up to eight virtual drives at the same time! It’s very simple to use… just double-click an image file to mount it as a drive within the program. The best feature of all, though, is the fact that it won’t cost you a dime to use! How can anyone not love free stuff – especially when it makes your life so much easier?

Cloning your drive can be important. What if your hardware fails and you buy something brand new? Your information on the dead drive may be lost to you for good. If you have an image… you won’t have to worry about it!

Sadly, this program only runs in Windows. If you’re a Mac user like me, you’ll have to use it inside of your Windows install in a virtual machine.

Thanks, Bowman, for a job well done once again! If you’re interested in recording a screencast for us, make sure you’ve read our post full of rules, tips and tricks!

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Don't Copy That Floppy?

A digital friend who goes by the handle “alpha” uncovered a relatively obscure, but potentially useful, utility for Windows folks with software that’s stuck in the ’90s:

I don’t know about you, but in this day and age I hate it when a driver or a program demands to use your floppy drive in order to unpack itself or for a specific purpose during installation (SATA driver writers, I’m looking at you!) and all you want to do is get your grubby mitts on the files.

Pretty much none of my systems have a floppy drive on them – haven’t since the late 90’s – and while I have a USB floppy drive as a last resort, the physical disks themselves are pretty rare now adays.. so what are you to do when you need those driver files and the damn unpacker is demanding a floppy drive with no other option?

Up to the plate steps Virtual Floppy Drive, which allows you to mount a virtual floppy drive that you can create an image file to use or you can actually mount old floppy images to read straight off your HDD. This is similar to tool like daemon tools, but nowhere near as polished… but it gets the job done. 🙂

Uh… I still hate floppies, but I still love Floppy.

What are Virtual Drives?

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Richard in the chat room wants to know he can create a virtual drive, so he doesn’t have to burn an IRO file to physical media.

Virtual drives are drives that don’t physically exist – like a DVD-ROM drive – but they exist in software. It’s almost like a virtual machine, except a virtual drive program only emulates a drive. This allows you to mount ISO files in Windows so you don’t need to burn the file to physical media to access the data.

Chris recommends MagicISO:

MagicISO is a powerful CD/DVD image file creating/editing/extracting tool. It can open / create / edit /extract CD/DVD image files, and it can convert bin to iso and back. as well as make ISO file from DVD/CD-ROM or hard disk, and handle bootable information at meanwhile.

There are a lot of software titles out there, which one do you use and why do you use it?

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