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Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD/BD(Blu-ray) drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with CloneDVD or CloneCD can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive.

Freeware
OS:Windows
Version:5.5.0.0
Released:Jan 15, 2016
File size:1.6MB
Old versions available
Version history available
7.6/10
9 votes




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Latest version

5.5.0.0 (January 15, 2016)



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Supported operating systems

WinWindows



License

Freeware



Version history / Release notes / Changelog


Virtual CloneDrive 5.5.0.0: 2016 01 13
- New: Prevent possible dll sideload attack during installation
- Fix: HelpLauncher could hang on Windows 10
- Some minor changes and improvements

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Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with CloneDVD or CloneCD can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive.

Probably the best virtual drive software, Virtual CloneDrive allows you to enjoy the freedom of a virtual drive and is completely free.
Features

* Supports all common image formats such as ISO, BIN, CCD
* Supports up to 8 virtual drives at the same time
* Easy to use - just double-click an image file to mount as a drive
* Virtual CloneDrive is freeware, you may use it at no cost.

System Requirements

* An IBM-compatible personal computer with a minimum 500 MHz Pentium-class microprocessor (1 GHz recommended) and 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
* Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP/XP64/VISTA/VISTA64
* If you use Windows 2000 or Windows XP you must be an administrator to install Virtual CloneDrive



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Acronyms / Also Known As

CloneDrive, SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive



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9 comments, Showing 1 to 5 comments

I've used Virtual CloneDrive on systems running Windows XP through Windows 8 and haven't experienced any issues. It's a great freeware program that does exactly what it's intended to do without any unnecessary bloat.


Feb 19, 2013 Version: 5.4.5.0 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



Been using this software for years and never had any issues of any kind.


Feb 19, 2013 Version: 5.4.5.0 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



JohnnyBob's comment below assigns blame for coincident events to VirtualCloneDrive. VirtualCloneDrive is INCAPABLE of modifying the firmware on a physical DVD drive. The other ill effects he attributes to VCD are almost certainly caused by whatever caused the issue with the physical DVD drive (which in all likelihood had NO firmware problem but was affected by e.g. a controller error or the familiar PIO/DMA situation). He has a computer problem, but it has nothing to do with VCD.


Feb 18, 2013 Version: All OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



I tried it on XP SP3 and it didn't work, so I uninstalled it.

Some time later I noticed it had not uninstalled correctly because the virtual drive still appeared in Windows Explorer. Unfortunately it was too late to use a System Restore so I had to google and try various methods to remove it.

Turns out this is a common problem. I tried all available suggested methods but could not get rid of the virtual drive in Windows Explorer. It disappeared temporarily but always came back after restarting computer.

What finally worked (sort-of) was to reinstall Virtual Clone Drive then use the provided uninstaller to uninstall it immediately. It would not work to use the uninstall operation from Add or Remove Programs panel. I had to use the uninstaller that appeared under Start > Programs. Then it uninstalled and no longer appears in Windows Explorer, but I have noted two after-effects:

(1) One of my optical drives apparently lost its special flash from MCSE that speeds up ripping of DVD movies. Looks like I may have to reflash it, if that's possible(?)

(2) The available drive letters were messed up. So when I plugged in a USB drive it did not adopt the usual next available drive letter. I had to assign the proper drive letter to it manually.

I consider this Virtual Clone Drive from Elaborate Bytes to be dangerous software which is likely to mess up your operating system. There was a warning in that regard from Microsoft during the install process, which I had unfortunately ignored. So I must advise everyone to avoid it.

I've used other virtual drives before without these kinds of problems so am not a total amateur.



Feb 18, 2013 Version: 5.4.5.0 OS: WinXP Ease: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value: 1/10 Overall: 1/10



It lacks so many features compared to the free Deamon Tools Lite,
there's no single reason to use this one.



Dec 30, 2009 Version: 5.4.4.0 OS: WinXP Ease: 6/10 Functionality: 4/10 Value: 4/10 Overall: 4/10


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