Which (Windows) drive letter is my DVD-drive?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by macstatic, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. macstatic macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    I'm trying to run a Windows utility (using Wineskin) and am asked for the drive letter of my optical Superdrive in my Macbook Pro, but no matter which letter I try (A, B, C, D, E .....) I'm not getting anywhere.
    So are drives routed differently under an emulator and do I have to configure something in Wineskin first, or does such a tool simply not work properly when it doesn't utilize regular PC hardware?
  2. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
  3. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    I couldn't find any wine.cfg (or wineskin.cfg for that matter) neither in the ~/Application Support/Wineskin/ nor /Applications/Wineskin/ folders.

    I see the posting refers to someone using the Linux version of Wine, so perhaps it doesn't apply to the OSX version.
  4. macstatic, Aug 20, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2014

    macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    I had a closer look at things: the Windows utility I'm running comes twofold as a .BAT (batch) and an .EXE (executable) file. I'm certainly no expert in Windows, but the .BAT file seems to be a simple text file which passes on instructions to the .EXE file. It looks like this:

    @echo off
    echo Windows dumper for Matshita DVD drives V1.01 by ala42, based on ben11's dump_matshita
    set /p l="Enter the drive letter of the Matshita drive to backup the firmware: " 
    if "%l%" == "" goto :loop
    echo You have selected the source drive %l%
    set l=%l:~0,1%:
    dump_matshita %l%
    So, noticing that my Mac won't even notice the optical drive without any media in it I suppose the first step is to insert a DVD or CD (with data on it) so I can locate a path with a name on it (e.g. /Volumes/Backup_2007/).
    Having a path available, could I edit the above .BAT file for this specific CD/DVD media so the .EXE utility will see the drive?
    If so, where do I insert it and what is the correct syntax?

    EDIT: Much to my surprise I found out that Wineskin does indeed show a drive letter for all my drives including the optical drive (as long as a CD or DVD is inserted)! In Wineskin's "Advanced" section there's a "Tools" tab where I select "Config utility (winecfg)", and when opened I press the "Drives" tab which shows the optical drive as "D:". I thought this would help, but when I run the utility and enter the drive letter (I tried both "D", "D:", "d" and "d:") but got the following error message:

    ERROR: failed to open device \\.\D:

    So it looks like it still doesn't find the correct path.
  5. macenied, Aug 22, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2014

    macenied macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2014
    You tried this


    already ?

    The correct path might be under the /Volumes Folder. Also W7 gives you no drive letter if no DVD or CD is inserted.
  6. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    Yes, I tried it but it still didn't work.
    I read somewhere else that in Wine although you can access the stuff on a DVD or CD you can't get to the drive itself. In other words you can't reach the firmware, so I'm looking into other solutions.

    Fortunately I just learnt that you can (completely legally) install a 30 day trial of Windows 7, so I'm in the process of trying that out on my Mac.

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