Options are few, but this disk-imaging utility effectively creates virtual copies of CDs. Putting it mildly, Circle Virtual CD's interface is dismal. The program first requires a source disk in the CD-ROM drive to transfer to the hard drive. From there, we were able to select the drive letter, and the program created a copy of the CD on our PC as its own virtual CD drive. You can run the copied program from the virtual drive as if a disk were loaded. During tests, the desktop shortcut created to run our virtual CD didn't work, although its folder icon launched just fine. A right click of the application's tray icon gave easy access to its interface and other options, such as ejecting the CD drive door. Although it doesn't offer any file-management features for organizing, copying, or deleting its creations, we are pleased with the results. Any user wanting to end the rotational CD game will find this free program quite beneficial.
From Circle of One Software:
Circle Virtual CD creates a virtual CD-ROM drive on your Windows PC. This allows you to make images of your favorite CD-ROMs and use them without inserting a CD into a CD-ROM drive. Circle Virtual CD improves the speed at which you access data and stops you from having to switch disks in and out of your CD-ROM drive. Use the program to easily access your favorite games, music, or software programs. Since Circle Virtual CD uses CircleScan, nearly any CD can be imaged.
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Great user interface... not pretty but I found it easy to use...
doesn't always work
out of the 11 computers I installed it to, 4 didn't work because I didn't realized it didn't work on vista, 3 of the computers with XP didn't work of those 1 had a continous restart almost as soon as windows boots ... had just enough time to uninstall it... the other 2 crashed as soon as you put in a disk and tried to run it..., 1 of the other computers ran fine after a couple of times trying to install it, and the other 3 never had problems
Been running Circle Virtual CD for several weeks now with no problems. It's great for Netbooks that do not have a CD-drive or for laptops with a broken CD (like my old one). Now, I can travel (to Starbucks) and surf the net or run one of my games from the virtual drive!
It works (no crashes like other people reported) I'm running Windows XP MCE.
It works by copying the CD to a .hvc format (not .iso) and creating a virtual cd drive. then it mounts the .hvc file to the drive and it runs like a regular cd drive (note: the auto run part of the disc may not work)
it doesn't look great - but hey it's free!
some other people complained about the virtual drive showing up as "Z" drive, this is do the fact that windows has default letters for drives (A for floppys & C for the main hard drive) but most letters are from the beginning of the alphabet that is why Z is used (to avoid a conflict)