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Mimic CDs with Virtual CD

Most IT pros end up amassing a ton of CDs that they may or may not ever need to use again after the initial install. Find out how Virtual CD allows you to make copies of your CDs on your hard disk and, ultimately, reduce clutter.

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Although most programs install from a CD to your hard drive and never require use again unless you add or remove program components or perform a reinstall, CDs have a tendency to pile up. Also, some programs (typically games) require you to insert the CD each time you want to use the program.

Virtual CD can help you tuck those CDs out of sight. Virtual CD creates copies of CDs on your system's hard disk and enables you to mount and unmount these virtual CDs as if they were physical discs. This enables you to put away the CDs and not touch them again unless you need to recreate the virtual CD. It also offers the side benefit of creating a backup copy of the CD. This is a great solution for situations where you don't want CDs to be damaged by careless users.

Virtual CD also simplifies the use of multiple CDs because you can mount virtual CDs in multiple virtual drives at one time, making it possible to have as many as 23 virtual drives available at one time. In addition, Virtual CD also makes it easy to move CDs from one computer to another—just move the virtual CD folders across the network to the new computer.

You can go to the Virtual CD site to download a trial version, purchase licenses, and obtain related products for server and multi-user environments.

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