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ImDisk (on-the-fly windows volume driver)

#1 Post by Midas » Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:25 am

ImDisk is a rather flexible disk driver for Windows that allows for some extreme manipulation, including but not limited to the creation of ready-to-use ramdrives -- so, RTFM and remember YMMV... :mrgreen:

BTW, posting to "Resources and links" because (a significant) part of ImDisk components are console based, and also because extensive reading is required to use it productively.
  • [url]http://www.ltr-data.se/opencode.html/[/url] auhtor wrote:ImDisk is a virtual disk driver for Windows [...] It can create virtual hard disk, floppy or CD/DVD drives using image files or system memory. The install package installs a console-mode control program called imdisk.exe and a Control Panel applet. [...] It also adds a menu item in Windows Explorer so that you can right-click on a file to mount it as a virtual disk drive. [...] The driver, service and control program can be uninstalled using the Add/Remove programs applet in the Control Panel. No reboot is required for installing or uninstalling.
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For easier GUI configuration of ImDisk, check out ImDisk Toolkit: "This tool will let you mount image files of hard drive, cd-rom or floppy, and create one or several ramdisks with various parameters" (http://reboot.pro/files/file/284-imdisk-toolkit/).

Latest ImDisk (currently v1.8.4) can be downloaded from http://www.ltr-data.se/opencode.html/#ImDisk.

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Re: ImDisk (on-the-fly windows volume driver)

#2 Post by billon » Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:40 pm

PassMark OSFMount based exactly on that ImDisk driver (see, for example, http://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html on the bottom of the page)
So we already have GUI for that tool in database
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Re: ImDisk (on-the-fly windows volume driver)

#3 Post by Midas » Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:37 am

billon wrote:PassMark OSFMount based exactly on that ImDisk driver
  • Oh, although I have used OSFMount, I wasn't aware of that -- thanks for telling me, billon. 8)

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Re: ImDisk (on-the-fly windows volume driver)

#4 Post by webfork » Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:44 pm

Evidently the program can (like Passmark) also do a long list of virtual disk types (vhd, vdi, vmdk) as well as iso/nrg/bin disk and even mac DMG files. Obviously if you had difficulties with one program, testing the other could probably cover it; it's nice to have redundancy there.

Note that some image formats require dotNET 4.

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Re: ImDisk (on-the-fly windows volume driver)

#5 Post by webfork » Fri Aug 21, 2015 6:32 pm

Old thread update: this is still under development with a current version 2.0.6 built 17 Aug, 2015

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Re: ImDisk Toolkit (GUI ImDisk frontend)

#6 Post by Midas » Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:13 am

ImDisk v2.0.9 released (no dedicated official changelog, but changes can be read about at http://www.ltr-data.se/opencode.html/changelog.html).

A related FLOSS utility is ImDisk Toolkit (https://sf.net/projects/imdisk-toolkit/). Portability untested!
  • [url]https://sourceforge.net/projects/imdisk-toolkit/[/url] author wrote:This tool will let you mount image files of hard drive, cd-rom or floppy, and create one or several ramdisks with various parameters. This all-in-one package includes the ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver (2.0.9), the DiscUtils library that extends the number of supported image file formats, and GUIs to use them easily.
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Download ImDisk Toolkit latest release (currently v20160917) from https://sourceforge.net/projects/imdisk-toolkit/files/.
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Re: Arsenal Image Mounter (ImDisk Utility)

#7 Post by Midas » Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:29 am

Another ImDisk utility, the one its author recommends, is Arsenal Image Mounter (http://arsenalrecon.com/apps/image-mounter/). Portability untested!
  • Arsenal Image Mounter mounts the contents of disk images as complete disks in Microsoft Windows. Arsenal Image Mounter includes a virtual SCSI adapter (via a unique Storport miniport driver) which allows users to benefit from disk-specific features in Windows like integration with Disk Manager, access to Volume Shadow Copies, and more. As far as Windows is concerned, the contents of disk images mounted by Arsenal Image Mounter are "real" SCSI disks.
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Arsenal Image Mounter is distributed under a dual GPL/commercial license (see homepage for details). Download lates release (currently v2.0.010.0) from http://arsenalrecon.com/apps/image-mounter/.

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Re: ImDisk Toolkit (GUI ImDisk frontend)

#8 Post by webfork » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:59 am

Midas wrote:A related FLOSS utility is ImDisk Toolkit (https://sf.net/projects/imdisk-toolkit/). Portability untested!
I'm fighting to open an encrypted .VDI file (I might post about that elsewhere) but I couldn't seem to figure out how to get ImDisk Toolkit to function portably. It kept complaining about a missing Imdisk.cpl file. I tried both Uniextract and Install-Copy-Uninstall methods.

Should probably note that, even installed, the program wasn't able to open the encrypted VDI file.

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Re: ImDisk (on-the-fly windows volume driver)

#9 Post by Midas » Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:48 am

A CPL file extension usually denotes a Control Panel applet so the absence of it shouldn't impair ImDisk from functioning portably... :(

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Re: ImDisk (on-the-fly windows volume driver)

#10 Post by webfork » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:54 am

Midas wrote:A CPL file extension usually denotes a Control Panel applet so the absence of it shouldn't impair ImDisk from functioning portably... :(
Oh interesting. Well, if I come back to this, I'll retest.

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