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Virtual CloneDrive

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 53 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.4.8
  • Total Downloads:
    1,241,160
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 21, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.57MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,684
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #1 in Other

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Works as advertised"

January 02, 2015  |  By coffent

 |  Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.7

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

See below.

Summary

This review is more about the install procedure than the product itself. I was hesitant to install the program given the reviews about unavoidable adware. However I found it's possible to do a "clean" install is one is *very* careful. What look like "take it or leave it" accept/decline offers pertain only to the adware, not the actual product. By declining all such offers the installer finally runs and (as far as I can tell so far) does not install other software.

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4 stars

"Works as intended."

May 08, 2014  |  By ob61887

 |  Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.7

Pros

Works as intended, simple use, not bloat.

Cons

Download Now Installer is all bloat. Only use Direct Download Link if downloading from CNET.

Summary

Works as intended, simple use, not bloat.

Download Now Installer is all bloat. Only use Direct Download Link if downloading from CNET.

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1 stars

"Adware/Hijacker/toolbar installer is integrated"

March 14, 2014  |  By sab0900

 |  Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.7

Pros

None.............

Cons

I didn't install so I can't speak to what crapware the actual program is loaded with. but Download.com's installer app has a browser hijacker and toolbar installer. It doesn't give you a way to not install them, it eludes to an option to not agree with the terms but there is no way to check a box to indicate that you agree with the crapware. It just installs. It's one thing for the publisher to have there crapware, but for Download.com to force their own in there is despicable.

Summary

Avoid it like the plague, in fact, get off of this website right now. Cnet's level of sellout has reached a new low. Not only are their hardware "reviews" bought and paid for, but now they are in the business of forcing adware onto your computer.

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5 stars

"Works exactly as advertised."

February 09, 2014  |  By mtrichar

 |  Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.7

Pros

Instead of having to burn a CD, I just attached the image as a drive. Saved me from using a disk. There was no adware attached to this software.

Cons

There are none.

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1 stars

"Home page hijacker inside. Do Not download it!!!"

November 25, 2013  |  By tonylnk

 |  Version: Virtual CloneDrive 5.4.7

Pros

Nothing. Too scared to try

Cons

Conduit webpage hijacker. Avoid

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1 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 stars

"If you Download from this site"

August 05, 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.4.8
  • New: Support for Windows 10.
  • Changed: "Buffered I/O" checkbox is back. It is enabled by default.
  • Some minor changes and improvements.
  • Updated languages.
General
Publisher SlySoft
Publisher web site http://www.slysoft.com/en/
Release Date July 20, 2015
Date Added July 21, 2015
Version 5.4.8
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Other
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/NT/2000/XP/2003
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.57MB
File Name SetupVirtualCloneDrive5480.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,241,160
Downloads Last Week 3,684
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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