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 Post subject: CD Drive emulator?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 1:39 pm 
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Hi all. This is my first post, and I hope hope this is the right message board for this question. If not let me know.

I'm looking for a good, reliable CD drive emulator for my 7 year old son's PC. He has several games he plays requiring the CD to run. Being 7 years old, he doesn't use the greatest of care in handling his disks. It would be great if he could load all of his games onto the hard drive so he could play them at will. I've found several on the web, but would like some input from someone who knows. I seem to recall an article in MaximumPC a month or so ago about a recommended program, but I can't seem to find it now.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 3:36 pm 
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i think farstones virtual game drive 8 is pretty good
only about 30 bucks.... i think it loads levels at 200x speed which is good.
it might just be a different version of farstone which could cost up to 50 bucks though


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 9:51 pm 
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Thanks, I'll check it out.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 9:52 pm 
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In my opinion Alcohol 120% is by far the best CD/DVD emulation and copy software around. I'm using a virtual drive right now with one of my games. http://www.alcohol-soft.com/ . Its great, and its only around 4MBs. It's also easy to use and fast. Breaks all software protection around...pm me for more info... :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 10:23 pm 
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Looks interesting. I'm not sure if I'm ready to spend that kind of money just yet. Thanks for the tip.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2004 3:54 am 
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Daemon Tools. It's free too.


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Be careful as some games check for the installation of cd drive emulation software and refuse to launch if they are installed.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2004 9:11 am 
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I wasn't aware of that. Thanks for the tip


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2004 6:33 am 
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I was a big fan of Daemon Tools, until the virtual drive feature was built into Alcohol 120%. Now I just use Alcohol which gives me a BUZZ! :twisted:

With today's large hard drives, I find I run five virtual drives and no longer have to find those often used CD's (latest telephone book with reverse searching, most current street directory cd and other reference CD's or latest hot game that I am playing). :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 3:42 pm 
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Thanks, I think I'll give it a try.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 11:37 am 
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Does alcohol 120% works for newer titles? I use daemon tools for free.

I play warcraft III a lot, how do you create a copy of your original disk? I have the expansion disk already scratched, so I don't want to kill it. My son is starting to push some buttons around my computer, so it's matter of time when I see the Cds on his hands.

Yesterday I found a remote in a bath tub, so just imagine!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2004 8:43 pm 
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Definitely a worthy investment. I lost my Civ3 PTW disc when my CDRW on my old computer when berzerk. It actually managed to melt a hole clear through the disk before I could find a paper clip and manually eject it. :(


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i use daemon tools and have never had a problem


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