Virtual CD software is all about creating perfect copies of your optical media to your storage device of your choice. This is a great way to keep your disc problems (lost or damaged) at bay. No matter your disc type (CD, DVD, HD DVD or Blu-Ray), the application should get their contents and fill specific image files with them directly on your hard drive.
Virtual CD has a huge backpack of features developed by experts in this line of work since 1998. The installation time relies on the performance of your computer, thus it may take from one to several minutes. Upon running the program, you are welcomed by the `Virtual CD Starter`, which aligns the possible operations at the starting line. We can go on and manage our existing images, create new ones and even build `virtual blanks` or `data safes`.
The application doesn't stop here and also hands you over the control of assembling data and burning it to a disc as well as burning images on CDs and creating 1:1 copies of your most treasured discs. When it comes to virtual disc creation, various options come up to help you make the right choice. These include `Automatic`, `CD Geometry`, `Exact`, `Full`, `ISO`, `Normal` or `Unreadable block` copies. This gets the optical drive noise, swapping discs or any other waste of time off your back.
What's even better, Virtual CD gives you the opportunity to share your disc images within your network - that's one less problem to forget about. Protection is also a key-feature here with data encrypted safes creation and password protected disc images just one click-away. The program also comes in handy when needing a blank disc to burn. By using the Blank Media Wizard, you can create any disc format and insert it in the Virtual CD drive for upcoming burn process.
This program also provides image file conversion capabilities. While it can only convert between the native image format and the ISO image format, Virtual CD brings compression and encryption options to the table. The Settings window lets you fully customize the software to your liking and cover the `System`, `Virtual Drives / CDs`, `Burn`, `Display of Drives`, `Integration`, `Supported ISO Images` or `Task Assignments`.
Virtual CD does a really great job both on and off paper, providing some of the most comprehensive virtual disc creation software on the market. It shoots your disc-related problems sky-high while preventing deterioration of the discs you really care about.
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hello cave-dwellers this is the Zalman ZM ve 350 on the face of it it's a USB hard drive complete with faux leather case nice and a brushed aluminium finish in silver or black but this clever unit has a trick up its sleeve you see it allows you to mount ISO files stored on the hard drive and it appears as a Virtual CD drive to your computer and that capability is provided by the head of the unit here a backlit LCD display tells you what's going on and it's locked straight on to a standard two and a half inch hard drive all of that clever stuff is contained on this single PCB with the rest of the unit occupied by a hard drive and control is managed by this simple rocker switch on the left hand side all-in-all a fairly well thought out and put together unit you do have to provide your own hard disk and that can be a regular mechanical drive or a solid-state drive the drive slot straight in and is secured by two screws one on either side and no external power supply is needed it's powered entirely over the USB cable the menus are intuitive and easy to navigate and the device works in three mode the first is HDD mode or hard disk drive mode and that's simply your traditional USB hard disk nothing to write home about there the next mode is VCD or Virtual CD mode and that means the device appears purely as an external cd-rom drive and finally there's dual mode an extremely useful mode which presents the device as both a CD drive and a hard disk the device finds and allows you to select your ISO files simply by looking for a folder named underscore ISO so long as you've created that and dumped your ISO files in there like so they'll appear on the menu like so a quick press of the Rawkus which mounts the ISO file as indicated by the CD symbol here it also displays the speed of the connection in this case it's USB - although USB 3 is also supported the padlock symbol indicates a write protection mode which can be enabled or disabled in the menu that simply prevents you from writing to the hard disk let's give you an example then his windows 10 mounted on the drive and a modern laptop set to boot from the CD drive its operating in USB 3 mode and as you can see it boots incredibly quickly and before long we're already at the setup screen and of course if you mount an ISO within the operating system it behaves exactly like a regular CD drive that's all well and good what was the retro angle on this but what prompted this review is the fact that I'm using it increasingly in the mancave on retro computers here's an Athlon XP 1.2 gigahertz machine it has a USB port and it allows me to boot from it so of course installing Windows XP or ms dos 7 here is an absolute breeze a word of caution though just because your system has a USB doesn't mean you can boot from it compatibility with these older machines is not guaranteed having said that my success rate has been fairly high even on the older machines [Applause] now the dual mode option on the drive is something I use an awful lot because it allows you to boot into your favorite disk cloning software for example a Cronus or Clonezilla and clone the computer directly onto the Zalman disk so everything is done from this one device it's really convenient so how fast is the device or using Zalman zone chart they compared it to a 717 speed cd-rom drive with the throughput of five gigabits per second on the USB three four according to Zalman that's the speed of a jet plane honey USB 2 port it's the speed of a London bus and if you have a USB 1.1 port it's the speed of a lady with a suitcase which from my experience is often faster than a London bus let me tell you anecdotally then on a USB 2 port it feels about the speed of a 52 speed cd-rom drive without the seek times and on USB 3 well it just flies it's faster than any cd-rom you've ever used and I don't think you'll have any complaints there are complaints to be had however you'll notice that the port here has a lot of movement when you plug the cable in and every time this causes chaos with the joint on the PCB this is the third device I've owned and the other two have failed for exactly the same reason broken joints on the port and it looked as though Zalman listened to and rectified this in a subsequent model the z400 which had a recessed port with extra support until that is they discontinued it which is a real shame because that model also had a keypad for encryption so you could safely ferry your customers images around on the drive without fear of other people accessing them if you lost the device and finally there's an identical device on the market in the IOD d2 five-three-one shown here I think the sound one is just a rebranded version of this model but users report that this model has a slightly more mature firmware which offers things like remembering the last mounted ISO which is a nice time saver so there we go that was a quick look at the Zalman zmv 350 Virtual CD drive a really useful device to have in your toolkit and one I have to say surprises a lot of Engineers when I pull it out because they don't know such a thing exists and of course being on this channel it also has its use in the retro mancave with those older pcs as always thanks for watching like and subscribe if you'd like to see more content like this and why not click on my patreon button if you'd like to submit your name in history as an official cave dweller and support the channel take care
|File Size: 108 MB||Downloads: 85882|
|Added: Aug 3rd 2015||
User rating: 4.0
Company: H+H Software GmbH - -
|Supported Operating System: Win XP, Win Vista, Win Vista 64 bit, Win 7, Win 7 64 bit, Win 8, Win 8 64 bit, Win 10, Win 10 64 bit|