I am from South Africa. I have a standalone and a small Asus. I’m going on
a game and bird watching holiday to Botswana in October and I’ll be taking my
Asus with me. The Asus does not have a built-in DVD drive although I have a
portable drive for it. I have a registered bird disc, but although it installs
on the Asus, it still needs the disc drive to access the database of birds. I’d
like to not lug the portable drive with me. Is there a program that I can use to
copy and run that program from just the hard drive? Not looking for any
freebies. I just need to know whether this is even possible or not.
In this excerpt from Answercast #17,
I look at several utilities to set up a database so it can be run without a DVD
Run a DVD from the hard drive
Well, whether you want freebies or not, I have a couple for you.
The short answer is “Absolutely!” I believe it is possible.
Burn a disc image
There are two tools that come to mind to solve this particular problem.
- First, you use a tool like ImgBurn.
While we normally think of ImgBurn as disc burning software, it can also read discs and create ISO files out of them. What I would suggest first is that you create an ISO file that contains the contents of this birding CD or DVD.
That basically creates an image of the CD in a standard format that you can then keep on your hard disc on your Asus.
Read the image as a drive
The next step is: how do we get the Asus computer (or the software) to figure out to treat this image as if it were a mounted CD: an actual CD on the machine?
- For that, I’m going to point you at a set of tools called Daemon Tools.
What they are is a tool that runs in your system tray and does pretty much exactly what we want.
It allows you to point to an ISO file and then mount that file as if it were a real drive. So literally, another drive letter would get used and would appear on your system.
So maybe drive E will suddenly show up as this virtual CD.
From there, it starts to get into the specifics of your birding program and how you tell it where the CD image is. Hopefully, you’ll be able to tell it that it’s on a different drive and you can simply have it reference this virtual drive instead of a real drive.
So, give that a try. I think that’s the right direction. I’m sure there are other solutions out there, but that’s what immediately came to mind.
As I said, both of these tools are free:
- ImgBurn is free,
- Daemon Tools has both a free and a paid version, and I think the free version is really all you need for this.
So, enjoy your bird watching holiday! That sounds like a lot of fun.
Next from Answercast #17 – How do I turn my DVD drive on to boot so I can test my rescue disk?