Virtual CloneDrive: free Virtual CD / DVD drive for Windows

First published on January 13, 2010

With storage, bandwidth, and the quality of network connections and solutions getting better, CDs and DVDs are being shared — hopefully legally — and backed up more frequently. These often take the form of *.iso, *.bin, *img, *.udf and other files, freeing you from having to carry discs around.

There are programs such as Alcohol 52% or 120% (which also enables you to create backups) and the unsupported, Microsoft-released “Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP”, which enable you to “mount” the backup files as virtual drives. This is useful if you don’t have a CD / DVD drive on your computer or you simply don’t want to wastefully burn a disc. My favourite such program for Windows is Virtual CloneDrive.

With the sole purpose of emulating a CD / DVD drive, Virtual CloneDrive is efficient and simple to use.

Virtual CloneDrive Options

Its options are straightforward, it’s a lightweight program, and it’s free.

Virtual CloneDrive mounting

Once you’ve mounted the disc image, it will appear like any other actual drive on your computer, as if a disc was inserted into that drive.


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