Creating a virtual drive (not simply mounting)

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Submerged06, May 28, 2010.

  1. Submerged06 macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2010
    I've been scouring Google for a while trying to find a way to do this, but to no avail. I have a playstation emulator on my mac and am attempting to mount an iso of a game to play it. (As a legal sidenote, I do legally own the game and ripped the iso myself from the original disc, so there shouldn't be any issues with that -- I just don't want to have to use the cd and keep it with me, etc.).

    I have been able to get a perfect .iso, .dmg, and a folder containing the files. The only thing I can't manage to do is mount it in such a way that the emulator will see it as a disc and not a mounted image. That is, the typical Disk Utility kind of mounting. I have tried it with Roxio Toast versions 7 and 10 (10 is the latest, but I had heard that 7 mounts it in a unique way) to no avail.

    There is an old program called Virtual CD-RW (, but the application won't even open when I downloaded the demo version (double-click/selecting "open" simply didn't have any response at all). However, the kind of language used to describe it seem to be what I am looking for: manipulating kernels in such a way that other applications see it as an actual, physical cd-drive.

    Assuming I don't have any more luck with Virtual CD-RW (still trying though), is there any other program/OS way to accomplish this?

  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I've had success with "fooling" things in this way, but it's very particular about what settings you use.

    #1, the image and the CD/DVD source must have identical names.
    #2, the image needs to be read-only, like a real disc.
    #3, you can try fooling around with the image type. I've had success with both "compressed" and "CD/DVD master" types of images.
  3. Submerged06 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2010
    Hey, thanks for the reply :).

    I tried using Roxio Toast 7 using the same name as comes up on the original disc (FINALFANTASYTACTICS), setting it as "read-only" (as opposed to .iso, so it created a .dmg that time) and then mounting it from the "copy" section.

    It shows up as a disc on my desktop and Finder, and I can double-click and see its contents just like a disc, but the application still isn't seeing it :(.

    EDIT: In regards to Virtual CD-RW, I just noticed that opening the app did in fact make a cd icon in my menu bar -- so now I do know that the program is running. However, I am unsure what to do with it -- selecting "new media" does nothing, as far as I can tell. Selecting "Open existing media" brings up a box in which I can select an .iso file, but after I select it and click "open" it once again appears as though nothing is happening. Has anyone used this program?

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