I am setting up my children's computer, and to save them taking the cd's in and out I am mounting ISOs of the cds on virtual drives. But I have just
reached the limit it allows with the "Z".
One set of the educational disks alone come to 24 and I also have many more I want to put on. Is there any way to increase the amount allowed?
I am doing it this way as it has been the easiest and cheapest way (free) to do it, but is there another way I could do it? If I loaded several ISO images on a DVD and then mounted that on a virtual drive would that work?
Alcohol 120% will do it http://www.alcohol-soft.com/ (Not free,
though), as will a freebie from Microsoft.
I can't find the M$ one on their site.
As it's a freebie, though, I've put it here, for you:
I hope you have a lot of RAM.
Thanks, but VirtualCD is what I am already using to mount my images.
But I have reached the limit of 26 drives it will allow.
What I need is someway of increasing the number of drive so they are not just named from A > Z or someway to mount more than one cd image per drive, is this possible?
Or is there another easy way of stopping the need to keep putting the cd's in every time.
Looking at the Alcohol site it says it can create up to 31 drives so I assume it must be possible, but I roughly need 50 drives so far.
It isn't storage I am struggling with.
What I want to do is to save my children having to put cd's in every time they want to play a game or educational software I have.
The bulk of what i want to put on are some cd's I got from a national paper, they are by "DK", such as "Become a History Explorer" and "Encyclopedia of Nature". But there are 24 cd's in this set alone, also I have many more games and educational programs I want them to be easily able to access.
My children range from 22 months to 11 years old with a steady flow of extra friends in and out, and many cd's over time have already been scratched. So I want to put the actual cds out of harms way.
I have tried that on a few of them which does seem to work at first and lets me play first time, but then when I try and load second time it asks for
What about just making folders that contain a set of ISO's, and show the kids how to mount said ISO's....?
Just a thought, 'cos I can see you've tried most things....!
I guess I might have to try something like that, just got to get around the problem of the younger ones not being able to read.
Maybe if I get the oldest one to just use one drive and change the images as she needs it might free up enough drives.
Either that or I give in and get her a computer of her own that she has been pestering about.
There are 4 exe files on the disk.
DotNetInstaller.exe x 2
The Dot... files, one causes an error if I try to run it, the other extracts the same file over.
seup.exe alternates between installing and uninstalling the program
so I have beeen using the autorun, which as I said works first time then asks for a cd if I use it again.
there is a autorun.INF file which I assume is the commands for autorun.exe which opens in notepad to give
product=DK MultimediaHistory ExplorerDirectory
question=Would you like to run "History Explorer"?
There is no file called xfslaunch on the cd or the files in my copied folder.
Am I going about it the wrong way?
Afraid it still asks for the cd. Have found the xfslaunch.exe file now, it is in the program files that have been created.
Even tried your method on another computer but the same problem happened.
What about something like using a CD caddy? Where all the cd's are mounted in the caddy and autoloaded from there, that way there is no manual handling of cds.
Well I have gone with the suggestion from Daz and shown the oldest how to swap the image files, she seemed quite happy with it. Allocating her with 3
drives to play with has reduced the amount needed by about 12, so hopefully I will have enough now, especially if I can get some of the other cds (not
the "DK" ones) to load from files.
Although I have had a lot of heavy hints from the daughter about getting her a computer for her room, as this would “ leave much more space on this computer for the others”.
I can't understand though why there isn't an option to load everything needed onto the hard drive with these “DK” disks, especially considering they were free ones with a national newspaper and aimed at children.
Thanks for all your help with this.
I suspect that the reason for the magazines to require the CD in the drive is not os much as a "requirement" per se, but as a means of targeting the lowest common denominator. Not all people have the storage space available, and many more would not understand that they could upgrade their storage cheaply.