ISO file is wildly applied in DVD duplication. It appears in the form of virtual disk drive in the computer. Virtual drive has some incomparable features that cannot be found on common optical drives. But what is virtual drive? Is it necessary to emulate a disk drive to mount ISO image? Is there anything can both convert DVD to ISO and mount an ISO image as a virtual drive? How to create a virtual drive in Windows?
A virtual disk drive is in fact a folder of a physical drive serving as a drive. It behaves like an actual CD/DVD drive, but exists only virtually. Virtual drive is read-only and not modifiable. Image files can be mounted onto a virtual drive from hard disk or a network drive and used in the same manner as inserting them into a normal CD/DVD drive.
It is never too bold to say the virtual drive is way better than a physical one with respect to CD/DVD conversion. Here are parts of characteristics and uses of a virtual drive:
Yes. WinX DVD Copy Pro can both convert DVD to ISO and mount ISO as a virtual drive. It is capable of converting DVD to ISO image file with intact DVD content and original DVD structure. Built in with ISO mounter, it is also capable of mounting ISO image as a virtual drive to automatically create virtual drive and make an illusion of a real disc loaded in the drive. The DVD ISO image can be ripped, played and burned directly. That is to say, this new-generation DVD backup software serves as a DVD to ISO converter, DVD ISO image mounter and disk drive emulator in the mean time.
Microsoft Windows require additional software to support virtual drive. Before creating a virtual drive, you should clone DVD to ISO. Initially, a DVD disc as the source DVD needs to be imported in your computer drive; then FREE download and launch WinX DVD Copy Pro. Finally, four simple steps on the interface of software as follows can enable you to create a virtual drive successful in Windows.
Step 1: choose "Clone DVD to ISO" button on the left;
Step 2: import source DVD, then the software will recognize the imported DVD automatically by showing the movie name in the blank on the right of "Source DVD" and on the top of interface;
Step 3: select your destination to save the DVD as ISO image on the right of "Target ISO";
Step 4: click "Run" to start 1:1 ratio DVD ISO image mounting without any third-party tool.
After converting DVD to ISO image file, you can mount the converted ISO image to a new virtual drive by clicking on "ISO Mounter" button.
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