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Since most of my computer purchases these days don’t include an optical drive, I’m always on the lookout virtual drive tools. These software applications simulate the use of a physical DVD or CD drive. For years, I’ve used the free Microsoft Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel on […]

PismoSince most of my computer purchases these days don’t include an optical drive, I’m always on the lookout virtual drive tools. These software applications simulate the use of a physical DVD or CD drive. For years, I’ve used the free Microsoft Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel on Tablet PCs and UMPCs, but Pismo File Mount offers an additional function: it mounts .ISO files and .ZIP files. Now I’m still trying to think about the last time I had a big, honking .ZIP file on a physical CD… fact is, I can’t ever remember that scenario, but I tend to follow the Boy Scout approach to mobile tech: "Be Prepared".

As sure as I’m sitting here, I know if I don’t install this freeware application I’ll be sure to quickly run into a situation where it would be handy. I’ll have to dig through the stack of optical disks in the home office. There just HAS to be an old game on CD-ROM that I’ve been missing out on because it requires the CD to be in a drive. ;)

(via Download Squad)

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  1. Good find, I’ve been looking for another good iso mounter that works with vista. Daemon Tools seems to be adding a lot of junk to their installer.

  2. Back in the “old days” when netbooks were sub-notebooks and I had a Japanese import without internal drive, I ripped DVD isos and mounted them via Daemon Tools to watch on the plane.

  3. I used to use Daemon Tools, too. But recently, I switched to Virtual CloneDrive on Vista. I got the idea from a How-To Geek post:

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/mount-an-iso-image-in-windows-vista/

    Virtual CloneDrive is free:

    http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html

  4. I second @Dave’s suggestion of Virtual Clone drive. Works great.

  5. Kevin, if you need game CD emulation, give Game Jackal a try. I’ve been using it for years on many games and it works great with my laptop.

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