CD/DVD Emulator

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Well, I found (and ordered) a new gadget today. It's an iodd 2501 CD/DVD emulator. It is an external USB/eSATA hard drive enclosure that is also detected as a DVD drive. It use ISO files stored on the hard drive and mounts them in the virtual DVD drive.

I'll write a review once it arrives. :)

Heather
 

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you've got too much money my friend :D

interesting item, especially that it works with MAC and Linux. then you don't need
different apps like daemon tools and mount loopback devices etc.. :)
 

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you've got too much money my friend :D
LOL! Not really, it's just that this is my main hobby and I don't have a husband or kids. :)

I have always disliked the software CD/DVD emulators because it was another thing running on your system. This gives you a nice external enclosure plus CD/DVD emulation. :D I'm very interested to see how well it works installing Linux from an ISO image.

Heather
 

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Neat little gadget there, but i was wondering, what difference does this make from other external hdd enclosures? I mean, does it have some firmware that fools the computer into thinking it's actually an optical device when emulating a CD/DVD? The link gives an impression of some "Asian weird-spelling-English-language" thingy. If you've got any Linux setup, i'd like to know how it behaves Heather!
 

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@salaxi54

You hit it right on the nose. The device is dual function. The hard drive shows up as a standard USB mass storage device and the emulated DVD drive shows up as a USB DVD drive. The firmware in the device controls the DVD emulation and allows you to select an ISO that is 'inserted' in the DVD drive via a scroll wheel on the side. :)

I'll let you know how it works out.

Heather
 

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Outstanding device Heather :)
Thanks for sharing. Waiting for the review once you test it!
 

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LOL! Not really, it's just that this is my main hobby and I don't have a husband or kids. :)
Tell me about it..but hey.. better than cars or motorcycles, which makes you covered in oil ;-)

:D I'm very interested to see how well it works installing Linux from an ISO image.

Heather

yeah.. I'm really looking forward to hear your review :)
 

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I have always disliked the software CD/DVD emulators because it was another thing running on your system. This gives you a nice external enclosure plus CD/DVD emulation. :D I'm very interested to see how well it works installing Linux from an ISO image.

You can mount any (readable) iso as a file system in linux and in os x without any additional software. Last time I had to live with the redmond-os I recall either consuming a huge quantum of alcohol or using an application named that to mount the iso, I guess thats what you are refering to?

Might not be suitable to install linux from scratch, but that you can do with a spare usb stick if you don't fancy an optical media. (That was latest ubuntu)

If it however worked on the Amiga cd32 instead of the dog slow cpu-blocking 2x cdrom, I'll be all over it. :)
 

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@moijk

You've got some very valid points there. :) Mounting ISO images as a drive in Windows does take additional software. The main reason I wanted this device is because a computer sees it at the BIOS level as a CD-ROM drive without the need to mess around converting ISOs to flash drives. :)

I know booting from flash drives is the future, but this is for both my current and retro needs. :)

Heather
 
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