This program rips CDs to ISO or OCD files and emulates a CD drive for the resulting files, but its interface could disappoint some users. Many programs require reading files from a key disk in the CD-ROM drive. Virtual Original CD Emulator creates a copy of the disk and stores it on your hard drive. You then use the program's virtual CD drive to host the copy, but only for those CDs without certain forms of copy protection. Using Original CD Emulator is simple. Most commands could be accessed with a single button, but we found the program interface cramped. Hosting an image on a virtual drive is a matter of dropping a link from an image on the virtual CD icon. A problem occurs if a user stops hosting an image and neglects to close all programs accessing the image. In that event the operating system will report an error until the original image is rehosted. Users also can easily burn the ISO or OCD files to a backup disk. We found this program useful and simple enough for novices.
What's new in version 2.2
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedOctober 7, 2003
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Virtual Original CD Emulator will help you rip your own CDs to a hard disk or to network images, and create a virtual CD-ROM on your computer to access those images. It works like a real CD-ROM: you can run programs, play games, or listen to music from your virtual CD-ROM. The Original CD Emulator also is an ISO image extractor. It can directly access your ISO image, allowing you to see what is in the ISO image before you burn it. If don't need to burn it, simply run the program you want from the virtual CD-ROM, or just extract what you need. You can convert CD images created by other CD-RW programs to standard ISO images. The Original CD Emulator can recognize most images created by other CD-RW programs, and you can burn CD images onto CD-R/CD-RW.