How to Make a Virtual CD-ROM Drive on the Hard Drive

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A virtual CD-ROM drive is a special type of software program that is designed to read or "mount" CD or DVD image files on your hard drive. Mounting a CD or DVD image file in a virtual drive allows you to browse the image file as if it were a physical disk in a physical drive. Before you do so, however, you must first download and install a program capable of creating a virtual drive.

  • Navigate to a virtual CD-ROM program download page (see Resources for links to two such programs).

  • Click the download link for the program of your choice and save the executable (.exe) file to your hard drive via the on-screen prompts.

  • Launch the file once it has finished downloading. Follow the instructions on-screen to begin the automated installation process.

  • Restart your computer once the process is finished. When your computer reboots, an icon pertaining to the virtual CD-ROM program will be in your Windows yaskbar.

  • Right-click the program icon. A pop-up menu appears. Depending on the program you installed, you will either see a "Virtual Devices" or "Virtual CD/DVD-ROM" option. Move your mouse over this option to bring up another pop-out menu. This new menu has a virtual CD/DVD drive in it.

  • Move your mouse over the drive letter for the virtual CD/DVD-ROM drive, then select "Mount" from the next pop-out menu. You can now locate and mount your CD/DVD-ROM image file.

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