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Virtual CloneDrive

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Once upon a time, CD-ROMs and other optical discs provided the much-needed storage space that hard drives lacked, but with terabyte drives, shuffling disks in and out of your tray is just a nuisance. SlySoft's Virtual CloneDrive is a free tool that creates up to 15 virtual CD and DVD drives in Windows. You can copy your CDs and DVDs to your hard drive as ISO disc images and run them normally with Virtual CloneDrive. Instead of swapping disks in and out, you can simply mount and unmount disk images with a few clicks. Virtual CloneDrive works with any kind of optical disc file, including HD video formats like Blu-Ray as well as audio CDs and data discs.

Installing and setting up Virtual CloneDrive includes choosing which file types to associate with the program, if any, on a compact Settings dialog tab that includes language choices. According to the program's manual, some users may see warning messages about unsigned drivers and logos, but these can be ignored. Setting up our first drive was so easy, we weren't sure the job was done, but when we looked in Explorer, our new virtual BD-ROM drive was present and available. We could reopen the Settings dialog from the program's System Tray icon, which also accessed the Help manual and Mount/Unmount controls for each drive. Virtual CloneDrive's options are limited, but each is useful; for instance, you can set it to automount the last image mounted, buffer the input and output, and enable the Eject command to unmount image files, just like ejecting a disc.

We created an ISO image of several discs. Next we clicked Virtual CloneDrive's system tray icon and selected our virtual drive's letter. From the drive's submenu, we clicked Mount, browsed to an ISO image, and selected it. When we returned to Explorer, our new virtual drive displayed its contents. Copied CDs and DVDs played normally in our usual player. Unmounting images is just as easy. We could also clear each drive's History or just purge images that were no longer available in the History. Virtual CloneDrive is well worth trying.

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    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
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  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malware, beware. Fake reviews."

    October 27, 2013  |   By maxostap

    Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.5

    Pros

    None, complete garbage.

    Cons

    Installs garbage. Changes your homepage. Invasive. Deceptive.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "If you Download from this site"

    August 5, 2013  |   By BattleZonedTJ

    Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.5

    Pros

    It's a good Download

    Cons

    Just don't download the regular way here

    Summary

    IIIFFF You decide to download from this site you click the "Direct Download Link"underneath the virus loaded "CNET Installer enabled"download link.but I honestly recommend just using another site in general when downloading now,this site has gone downhill.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "MALWARE! DO NOT INSTALL!"

    June 28, 2013  |   By CnetContainsMalware

    Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.5

    Pros

    The malware is free.

    Cons

    Hijacks your browser. Difficult to remove. The driver is not digitally signed and will not even install properly on newer versions of Windows anyway.

    Summary

    C'mon Cnet you guys are supposed to remove programs from your site the contain malware... I chose the custom install and unchecked the box to install the malware toolbar... but it installed it anyway. And when you uninstall the toolbar via the control panel it doesn't revert all the changes.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malwares stopped me from using this"

    May 22, 2013  |   By rijiboy

    Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.5

    Pros

    Dont know any

    Cons

    Tons of malware and registry crap added

    Summary

    I am pretty disappointed with download.cnet.com, I have been using this site for all my trial and free software for more than a decade now and just like always I installed whatever I downloaded from download.com without any hesitation, only to realize later I had malwares, registry optimizer (crap) and other crap installed on my laptop. I couldnt remove some of this through McAfee or Windows Defender and had to use Windows Essential only, and even then I am afraid there maybe some residual effect on my system performance.
    Neither installer or any disclaimer from CNET informed me of this crap ahead of time,
    This is my work machine, I have informed everyone in my company and will continue informing others on social media and forums to beware and probably not download anything from CNET.download.com anymore

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  • 4.0 stars

    "The program just works."

    April 13, 2013  |   By Gigabyte11

    Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.5

    Pros

    right click mounting of .iso images.

    Cons

    silly looking icon.

    Summary

    an exceptional software program works in the background silently, this is one of them. Easy mount/unmount.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Lots of crap in this install"

    March 22, 2013  |   By rbell007

    Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.5

    Pros

    Don't know.

    Cons

    When you install this, your browser ends up with a hyjack. I had to uninstall 3 or 4 other programs it installed and then still had problems reclaiming my browsers.

    Summary

    Don't download it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "MALware that cannot be removed"

    March 15, 2013  |   By CNETgoesTOHELL

    Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.5

    Pros

    Virtual CloneDrive

    Cons

    **** this nonsense. I am tired of toolbars that I am forced to download. CNET is ******* crap altogether. They can burn in hell,these *******. If you make money, you ******* ******* do it the right way, and stop being a ***** to advertisers.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works as indicated"

    March 12, 2013  |   By ace2056cnet

    Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.5

    Pros

    Easy to use and doesn't make unnecessary desktop icons. Auto-associates with ISO files and you just right-click and hit mount. Suddenly, you've got yourself a new drive with that ISO. Perfect!

    Cons

    None that I can find

    Summary

    Easy to use, free, and totally works like a real drive

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Others like this one? Which is the best?"

    February 15, 2013  |   By ITpsycho

    Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.5

    Pros

    I haven't used it

    Cons

    I haven't used it

    Summary

    I'm looking for user recommendations for similar software that works as intended and doesn't add unwanted apps or crapware - thanks.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "*DANGER* BEWARE OF MALWARE AND ADWARE DO NOT DOWNLOAD"

    February 12, 2013  |   By therealboney

    Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.5

    Pros

    Once was a great program with lots of usefulness. Runs well and is transparent.

    Cons

    Loaded with malware and adware. Installs programs without prompting and will load your new computer with crap that is a pain in the rear to get rid of.

    Summary

    Download at your own risk. This is a harmful software download and is not worth the effort of removing all the garbage it will ad to your computer. DANGER DANGER DANGER.

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