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    Circle Virtual CD

    Here's a little program highlighted in TechTV's Free File of the Day. Circle Virtual CD from Circle of One allows you to copy a CD to a virtual drive on your hard disk and run the program without having to have the CD in the drive.
    <hr>Circle Virtual CD creates a virtual CD-ROM drive on your Windows PC. This allows you to make images of your favorite CD-ROMs and use them without inserting a CD into a CD-ROM drive. Circle Virtual CD: 1) improves the speed at which you access data, 2) stops you from having to switch disks in and out of your CD-ROM drive. Use Circle Virtual CD to easily access your favorite games, favorite music or favorite software programs. Since Circle Virtual CD uses CircleScan(tm), nearly *any* CD can be imaged.<hr>
    Both the TechTV article and the Circle of One site point out that this program should be used only for programs that you have a legal license for. The Circle of One site has a list of popular games that the program has been tested to work with, but TechTV's article shows that it may not work for every program. I'll be using this program to help my daughter play her Jump Start games without having to worry about how a three-year-old handles CD's. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Circle Virtual CD

    Also sounds like a great idea for CD stuff like encyclopedias and so on so the disk doesn't have to be "tying up" the CD drive. I wonder if you'd report back whether the hard drive space occupied is one-for-one in size or do they do any compression?

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    Re: Circle Virtual CD

    I purchased Virtual CD software from http://www.virtualcd-online.com/default_e.htm many years ago and I have been sufficiently pleased with it that I update each time they bring out a new version.

    I keep a <big>BIG</big> disk on one of my PCs and share out the Virtual CDs to all the PCs and laptops in the house. Mainly games and encyclopedias but other stuff too. This saves the kids having to swap CDs around and reduces the number that get stepped on, as well as making things run instantly and easily.

    This program does compress the CDs, but I have never checked out how much space it saves at each compression level.

    StuartR

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    Re: Circle Virtual CD

    It looks like it does a sector-by-sector image of the CD, so it doesn't seem to compress much, if at all. Even XP's drive compression doesn't make the image files much smaller. Not a very big worry for me though, since there are only a couple of CD's that I usually work with and for now I've got more than enough space on my drive to make this operable.

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    Re: Circle Virtual CD

    Hi David,

    Sadly CVCD will run under Win2K and WinXP only. Fortunately I came up with this <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> alternative which also works with Win98. I'm downloading right now.

    Virtual Drive Creator
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    Re: Circle Virtual CD - HELP

    My CD drive failed and I attempted to load this so I could copy some CDs over the network. This is on Win2004 SP2, Toshiba laptop.

    Now when I try to boot in any mode - normal, safe or safe with command prompt, I get a stop error:

    0x0000001E (0x0000005, 0x804fb87, 0x000000000, 0x002807ad)
    KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED
    *** Address 8041fb87 base at 80400000, DateStamp 3ee6c002 - ntoskrnl.exe.

    Followed by the recommendation to boot to safe mode, which doesn't work!!

    As it is late in Oz, I'm off home but would appreciate any thoughts. (The only Internet access I have now is at work.) <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15> TIA.
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