Program requires CD - how to copy to hardrive and have access in harddrive

Posted on 2006-04-04
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I have several programs that require a cd to work.  Obviously this is a pain.   Is there a way to copy the CD to the harddrive and make the computer access the program there?

Question by:geedub1961
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    Accepted Solution

    there's some good software to do this, one of them is virtual cd
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    sometimes you can get them to work by copying the CD to your hard drive and do the install from the hard drive.
    Sometimes they will have a configuration file on the hard disk that sets the drive letter/or path to the CD information they need.
    Another app like virtualCD (but free and open source) is TrueCrypt at  It creates new drive letters too, but it might be less effective than virtualCD since it isn't intended to look like a CD.

    Note that sometimes for license compliance, you must use the CD, even if you can get around it with tricks or apps like virtualCD
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    Assisted Solution

    are these programs or games?

    Games you can get a NOCD exe for it.


    also if you search google for ProgramName nocd crack it should bring up some results.

    However im not sure about licensing and all that, you should read your license first.

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    The best and the Best by far is alcohol 120% iv personally used this program to make programs work without the cd :)

    This program does the following

    1. Creates an image of the cd in the form of an .ISO

    2. Mounts the image in a virtual drive aka Z:

    magic now you have ur computer thinking your computer has the cd mounted when its acutally a file :) and the pure beauty is that you can have mulitple virtual drives and this also works with dvds so you dont need a dvd drive :)

    visit for more information:

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    Author Comment

    Thanks all for input - all the ideas seemed to have merit, i would like to split points if thats ok.

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