Burn to a Virtual DVD Drive
If you do not have a DVD drive on your computer, or if your computer’s DVD drive is not working properly, you can burn to a virtual DVD drive. When you burn to a virtual DVD drive, you are typically using ISO or BIN files, if you are burning movie files. Of course, you can also burn other file types to DVD. If you have a Windows-based computer, you must use a third-party virtual drive emulator program to burn to a virtual DVD drive. On a Mac computer, the standard Disk Utility application allows users to mount DVD files without needing a virtual drive.
MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM
1. Download and install the freeware MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM from the Magic ISO Maker website (see Resources). It only works with Windows.
2. Right-click on the MagicDisc icon from your system tray, which is in the bottom right corner of your screen where the time is displayed. The icon looks like a hand holding a DVD.
3. Choose “Virtual CD/DVD-ROM” from the pop-up menu. Then select one of the virtual drives that is displayed. You can have up to 15 virtual drives with this software.
4. Click on “Mount” from the pop-up menu that appears. This allows you to browse for the ISO file that you want to burn. Select it and click “OK” to burn to the virtual DVD drive.
5. Download and install the freeware Virtual CloneDrive from the SlySoft website (see Resources). It only works with Windows.
6. Double-click on the Virtual CloneDrive icon on your desktop and select the number of virtual drives you want. You can have up to 13 drives with this software. Click “OK” to close the window.
7. Open “My Computer” and you will see the virtual drives appearing alongside your regular drives. Right-click one of the drives and select “Virtual CloneDrive” from the menu and then “Mount.”
8. Select an ISO or BIN file on your computer in the “Browse” window that appears. Click “Open” when you find it. Then burn the file to the drive.
VirtualDrive Pro 14
9. Download and install VirtualDrive Pro 14 from the FarStone website (see Resources). This program only works with Windows. As of September 2010, the price is $33.44.
10. Double-click the VirtualDrive Pro 14 icon on your desktop to launch the program.
11. Click on “Advanced Settings” from the Image Build Wizard screen. Select the source file that you want to burn and click “Save.”
12. Burn the file by clicking “Start” on the Image Build Wizard screen. This burns it to the virtual drive for you.