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Virtual CDRom Control Panel v2.0.1.1

billon on 25 Jul 2017
  • 32KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Jan 2003
  • Suggested by XPect

Virtual CDRom Control Panel enables you to mount ISO disk images as virtual CD-ROM drives.

Note: This tool is not supported by Microsoft so you will not be able find it even through a search on Microsoft website.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: Administrator rights
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch VCdControlTool.exe.

To enable the virtual CDROM drive:
  1. Click "Driver Control", followed by "Install Driver". You will be asked to specify the location of vcdrom.sys
  2. Click "Start" to start the driver
  3. Exit from the "Driver Control" dialog box. Then click "Add Drive" in the main window
  4. Click "Mount" to mount the desired CD image

Reverse the steps above to remove the virtual CDROM drive.
Similar/alternative apps: OSFMount, WinCDEmu
Latest comments
bitbuerster on 2010-07-22 08:12

Two caveats: The directory path where the tool is installed to may not contain spaces (or you'll end up with a "mount failed" when VCDControlTool tries to actually mount an ISO). And 2nd, using the tool with Vista will work as admin only and you'll see the freshly mounted drive only from within an admin CMD.EXE command line (or from within VCDControlTool.exe's built-in file browser), but not from Vista's Windows Explorer.
-Anyone else with a 1) portable, 2) free and 3) Vista/Win7 compatible ISO-mounting utility?

aeris on 2010-07-30 10:58

bitbuerster: Any external file system on Windows must be part of Installable File System chain in order to be visible as a drive, thus by design it must be installed -> cannot be portable.

Even this method here "installs", but uses a pre-loaded driver to fool the system. Functionality of any alternative program would be the same, as it would have to access the same driver in the same fashion.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Installable_File_System

sockittoome on 2010-12-20 02:14

@bitbuerster, this is the best you can get for windows xp, other wise i'd go looking into how to write portable launchers, and uninstall/install drivers etc

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Portable WinCDEmu v4.0

billon on 26 Jul 2017

Portable WinCDEmu allows users to make one or more DVD or CD image files appear to the system as an actual disk. This is useful for programs that require access to an external drive, to speed up the access time of read-only media or to connect multiple discs to one computer simultaneously.

The program supports a variety of image file types including ISO, CUE, IMG, BIN, NRG, MDF/MDS, CCD and RAW formats, as well as both 32 and 64-bit computers.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? No. Leaves entries in HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet.
Unicode support: Yes
License: LGPL
How to extract: Download PortableWinCDEmu-x.x.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.
Similar/alternative apps: OSFMount, Virtual CDRom Control Panel
What's new?
  • ISO images can now be created from arbitrary folders.
  • Can now replace a mounted image without removing the drive.
  • Portable version now supports file drag-and-drop.
  • Fixed driver uninstallation problems with portable version.
  • Portable version now has a command-line interface.
Latest comments
rOBzUC on 2011-05-16 20:40

3.5 is not yet a portable version... please delete it from here...

Magibon on 2011-06-09 11:56

: the 3.5 wont be ready for a while .. the author is going to tackle it last ..
currently he/she is in the process of releasing 3.6..
after which, the author said he would consider the Portable version.

Passmark OSF Mount is the way to go ..
it's updated, portable, stealth, fast, and does everything i need with ISOs :)

smaragdus on 2015-06-03 14:06

WinCDEmu 4.0 has been released. I haven't checked it for portability.
By the way this:
http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6715
might be added as the official forum thread.

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PassMark OSFMount v1.5.1015

billon on 1 Aug 2017
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 7 Feb 2014
  • Suggested by Stone Tablet

OSFMount is a collection of virtual drive tools that allows mounting local disk image files as a drive letter, RAM disks and mounting CD or DVD images (for simplicity or speed). Supported image types include IMG, DD, ISO, BIN, NRG, SDI, AFF, AFM, AFD, VMDK (used by VMware), VHD (Virtual PC) and more.

The program is ideal for machines without a CD/DVD drive and, as most images are bit-for-bit copies of disk partitions, many programs will treat them as the real thing, enabling programs that require a program disc. For disk images, the program can give access to these files without booting or other required visualization software. RAM disks have a variety of uses including high speed caches, programs with frequent/intense disk reads/writes and some database applications.

Command line tools are also included.

Note: The developer warns: "it is recommended that 64-bit Windows is used when large disk image files are to be mounted."

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? No. 1. HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_OSFMOUNT

2. HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\OSFMount
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a temporary folder
  2. Move the files in {app} to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch OSFMount.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Portable WinCDEmu, DiskInternals Linux Reader
What's new?
  • Added VHD image file support. VHD is the Virtual Hard Disk file format for disk images, as used by Micrsoft's Virtual PC. This includes support for Dynamic-size (or sparse) hard disk images. Differential images are not supported. Support was added via libvhdi.
  • Updated EWF library to libewf-20131230.
Latest comments
Midas on 2014-05-12 16:06

@freakazoid: CDmage is ancient, I'm surprised someone even uses it anymore... :)

skall on 2015-02-23 10:21

whenever i try to mount an image (different formats), the message 'wrong parameter' appears and the new drive is not selectable? i am using the 64bit version and have admin rights.

any hints what might cause this?

i might be wrong, but it seems like this is the only up to date portable virtual cdrom software for win8.1?

Portable Reviewer on 2015-09-15 12:36

@Midas CDmage works like a charm unlike PassMark OSFMount despite "being ancient". Nothing ancient about it. PassMark OSFMount couldn't detect my image file properly as @freakazoid experienced. In fact very few free portable mount tools could handle my image file properly. I'm surprised you don't use CDmage to mount......

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