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Is there a way to masquerade another disc as a dvd/cd drive?


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nirodhasamapatti

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Hi,
I have the following somewhat bizarre situation.
I purchased a new laptop which, rather than providing re-installation disks for Vista, included all the original software on a separate partition, and provides a utility to allow one to burn the information on the partition to the DVD drive. I did not opt to get a DVD burner with the machine, and I would rather not burn 8+ CDs. The utility only gives the option of burning the information to CD or DVD.

What I would like to do is simply "burn" the information to an ISO file that I could then put on a DVD from a different computer. Is there any kind of utility out there than can fool my computer into using regular disk space as pseduo-DVD drive? I checked with the laptop manufacturer (lenovo), and they say that the only option is to burn to a CD/DVD.

Any suggestions?
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Does your Lenovo have the capability to read DVD disks?
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Hi,
It does.

But, I think I may have solved my own problem. I used a program called Virtual CDv9, which has allowed me to create a virtual, burnable DVD drive, and I was able to "fool" the Lenovo program. Hopefully I can now take these to my work computer where I will be able to create actual DVDs....
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That's a great workaround! I'd never even thought of that (my Lenovo doesn't have a CD/DVD drive).

Be sure to burn the files at as slow a speed as possible, and ensure that the burner is set to verify the disk after burning. That way you'll be more likely to have a successful burn.

Then, to be sure, I'd try and use the disks to make sure that they work. The last thing that you want is to go through all of this only to have it fail when you really need it!

Good luck!
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