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Portable WinCDEmu

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/08/13

I already knew about WinCDEmu, and recently found out there is a portable version of it too:

Portable WinCDEmu is a special build of WinCDEmu that does not need any installation and can be used out-of-the-box.

  • unlike WinCDEmu, the Portable WinCDEmu does not preserve mounted drives after a reboot, so some software installs that require a reboot and the CD to be available after reboot – for instance Visual Studio 2010 – require WinCDEmu.
  • all virtual CD software requires administrative privileges to install their virtual CD driver. WinCDEmu and Portable WinCDEmu are no different.

Having relied on Daemon tools more recently and Nero ImageDrive in the past (back when Nero 5.5 was a great tool and not the bloatware it has become; Nero ImageDrive has been discontinued since Nero 9).

I will probably switch to WinCDEmu  for a new install of my development system: it is extremely light, and now portable too. Better than the ever increasing Daemon tools (of which I don’t use the copy protection features, nor the adware ones).

Unless I find a tool that allows me to mount an NTFS folder as if it was the base for an ISO image (and watches that folder for changes, then remounts the image). That would be tremendously useful in a development environment.

If you don’t know WinCDEmu:

WinCDEmu is an open-source CD/DVD/BD emulator – a tool that allows you to mount optical disc mages by simply clicking on them in Windows Explorer

Another tool on the shortlist is ImDisk; this is why:

The ImDisk driver supports forwarding I/O requests to third-party image file format handlers or to services on other computers on the network. This makes it possible to boot a machine with NTFS partitions with a Live-CD and use the included  devio tool to let ImDisk on another computer running Windows on the network mount the NTFS partition on the machine with a faulty NTFS partition. This way you can recover information and even run chkdsk on drives on machines where Windows does not boot. There are also instructions about how to use devio under Windows on Claus Valca’s blog.



One Response to “Portable WinCDEmu”

  1. […] 10 does not like to upgrade when you have the Daemon Tools ISO mounting tool installed. But Portable WinCDEmu is […]

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