Virtual CloneDrive

Virtual CloneDrive

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 52 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.4.7
  • Total Downloads:
    1,080,320
  • Date Added:
    November 08, 2013
  • File Size:
    1.56MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,289
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/NT/2000/XP/2003

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 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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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 5.4.7
    • New: Support for image playback with WinDVD
    • New: Uses storport driver for Windows 7 and later
    General
    Publisher SlySoft
    Publisher web site http://www.slysoft.com/en/
    Release Date July 24, 2013
    Date Added November 08, 2013
    Version 5.4.7
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory Other
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 2003
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 1.56MB
    File Name SetupVirtualCloneDrive5470.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 1,080,320
    Downloads Last Week 4,289
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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