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Old Jan 27, 2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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virtual drive pro and the Mac

Greetings Folks.

I have a question that I think I know the answer to but I don't like it so thought I would drop in here to see if maybe there is a different one.

I am a contractor in Afghanistan and right before I came out here I bought a fully loaded MacBook Pro Retina. As a PC guy of long standing I have to say I love this thing. it was the most loaded and lightest I could find in either arena.

I had a bunch of CD's that I did not want to bring out here with me and since I had a copy of Farstone's Virtual Drive Pro on my PC I used it to make Virtual disks of all my software that I wanted to bring. my thought was to get a copy for the mac or find something that would create a virtual drive on my mac and let me run the .vcd files. for installs and such.

Unfortunately I have not been able to find such a beast. Farstone does not make a Mac Version of their software. My only solutions that seems to be viable at this point is to load virtual drive pro up in my windows 7 partition and convert the .vcd files to .iso files but I really would prefer to not have to do that.

anyone know of a virtual drive program available on the Mac that will read .VCD Disks? (VCD stands for VIrtual CD NOT Video CD)

thanks much for any help or insight.

Cheers, RDJ
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 08:48 PM   #2
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Have you tried DEAMON Tools Lite? I've used that for many years on Windows. Although I've never personally tried it on OS X because you can copy disks directly to mountable images using Disk Utility (no extra software required):

http://www.examiner.com/article/mac-...g-disk-utility
http://superuser.com/questions/85987...vd/85991#85991

After you have a ISO or DMG, the only thing you need to do in order to mount it is double click.

Also try doing a Google search for "vcd to iso", "vcd to dmg" or "vcd to cdr". Maybe you can find a tool that converts your .vcd images to a more standard format.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:26 AM   #3
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In the future on the Mac use free programs to rip videos and music. IMHO the best free video ripper on a Mac is Handbrake.

For ripping music (if you don't like iTunes rips) the free program XLD.

iMHO this will be the best way to rip stuff on your new Mac.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 10:27 AM   #4
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these are not video or music. I have several rippers that I use for that stuff. what i am looking for is a VIRTUAL CD Drive which is a different kind of .vcd file. these are PROGRAM install disks like Lightroom3, Windows 7, Office 11 for Mac, etc.

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In the future on the Mac use free programs to rip videos and music. IMHO the best free video ripper on a Mac is Handbrake.

For ripping music (if you don't like iTunes rips) the free program XLD.

iMHO this will be the best way to rip stuff on your new Mac.


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yeah but deamon tools does not say anything about reading .vcd images. I am hoping to avoid having to convert back to .iso but it is looking like that may be my only option at this point.

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Have you tried DEAMON Tools Lite? I've used that for many years on Windows. Although I've never personally tried it on OS X because you can copy disks directly to mountable images using Disk Utility (no extra software required):

http://www.examiner.com/article/mac-...g-disk-utility
http://superuser.com/questions/85987...vd/85991#85991

After you have a ISO or DMG, the only thing you need to do in order to mount it is double click.

Also try doing a Google search for "vcd to iso", "vcd to dmg" or "vcd to cdr". Maybe you can find a tool that converts your .vcd images to a more standard format.
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