How do I fool XP into thinking this disc is in the drive, when it's not?

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  1. Lurchdubious macrumors 65816

    Lurchdubious

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    I have a CD-ROM that came with a textbook and it only works with PC. I have just installed VMWare Fusion and XP Home and it's running fine, but I would like to NOT have to travel around with this disc in my optical drive all the time. Is there a way I can copy it to the windows desktop and fool it into thinking the disc is installed?
     
  2. TheCakeIsALie macrumors regular

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    It's called virtual drive and you can emulate one using Daemon Tools Lite (free) or Alcohol 120%. You need to first create an image of your CD though.
     
  3. Lurchdubious thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ok, so do I make a dmg in Leopard, then just transfer it over to XP? If it's in my shared folder on the XP desktop, will that work, or do I need to completely move the file to Windblows?

    I'll go look for a virtual drive now...
     
  4. Lurchdubious thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What about Gizmo Drive?
     
  5. TheCakeIsALie macrumors regular

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    Why would you want dmg image? From what I understand you want to use the virtual drive and virtual disc under XP, so dom isn't a good idea. Just make into an ISO image using something like MagicISO, then mount this under XP using a virtual drive program.

    Yes, Gizmo drive works but from what I can tell Daemon Tools is more popular and it's quite good from my experience (free as well). I don't have much experience with Gizmo Drive so I can't say anything for that.
     
  6. Lurchdubious thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh ok. Thanks for the help. I found Gizmo on downloads.com and it had decent reviews so I'm creating the iso right now. If I'm not 100% satisfied then I'll grab Daemon. Thanks again!
     
  7. TheCakeIsALie macrumors regular

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    no probs! hope everything works out for you.
     
  8. Lurchdubious thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ok, need some more help. I can't figure out how to open the iso/mount drive quickly. Is there a shortcut? Like if I have an iso on my image & I can just click on that to start the program? This is driving me nuckin' futs.
     

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