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Make shared folder appear as CD-ROM

By johnnyextreme ·
I want to copy the Streets and Trips 2000 CD to a folder for faster access to the data, but the program just asks for the CD, it doesn't ask for a location. How can I make a folder appear to Win2K as a CD-ROM drive? Can this be done in Win98 or NT?

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by asbjorn.alveberg In reply to Make shared folder appear ...

Probably the problem is either/or both not all files are copied and that the files should be accessed on the root level of a drive.

If you copy via windows explorer, use the ctrl+a to mark all files. If you get a warning, tick the option of displaying hidden files under the Tools-folder options-view menu.

Share the directory to which you copied the files e.g. as r:. If you can view the r-drive and see the same files as on the CD whithout diging into a folder structure it should work fine.

You could also use the DOS command subst. It will only work if the files reside on the same machine as you access them from. You could add the subst command to c:\winnt\system32\autoexec.nt. Example of subst command:
subst r: "c:\streets and trips"
if you try dir r: you will see the files in "c:\streets and trips".

Good luck

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by johnnyextreme In reply to Make shared folder appear ...

All the files were copied correctly and the folder is mapped as H on my computer. The folder is shared as the same name as the original CD. The Streets and Trips application is looking for a drive of type "CD-ROM", not of type "Network". I can change the drive letter of the CD-ROM and the application finds it immediately. I need to fool Windows into thinking the mapped drive IS a CD-ROM.

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by dr In reply to Make shared folder appear ...

Copy the entire CD to a folder (like c:\whatever\streetcd)

Then in Windows Explorer go to the folder "streetcd" and right mouse click on the folder in the list that pops ups you should see sharing.(if you dont have the sharing option then you will need to install the network and add the protocol NetBIOS/NetBEUI or enable NetBios over TCP/IP under the TCP/IP settings AND ADD the Microsoft Service for file and printer Sharing) .

Now back to sharing in the page that opens create the share.

Now go to My Network Places or network neighbourhood and enter Entire Network
then Microsoft Windows Network, then your workgroup, then your computer.
Inside your computer you should see a folder that you named "streetcd"(this is just to check.

Now click on tools -> Map Network Drive
and in the Folder field enter \\yourcompname\sharename
Click Ok
Good Luck
David Ruschinek

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by johnnyextreme In reply to Make shared folder appear ...

I've no problem mapping a folder on my computer or the network as a drive - I've mapped the folder as H on my computer. I've seen an article before that described how to make a mapped drive appear as a CD-ROM drive to Windows, and that is the information I'm looking for.

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by Vagab0nd In reply to Make shared folder appear ...

Just get yourself some virtual CD emulator - it will create a virtual CD-ROM on your PC which will appear to system as just another drive so you can share it or whatever you want. Than build up CD image with this emulator. That's all - you'll have aCD-ROM from the system view with full HDD performance.

Good luck

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by johnnyextreme In reply to Make shared folder appear ...

I downloaded Virtual CD3 - it's a 30 day trial, but it seems to work fine. It uses 5Mb of memory. Thanks for the suggestion. I still want to be able to do this without extra software.

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