If you are annoyed with the slow process and continual swapping of CDs and DVDs and are concerned about the expenses involved in purchasing a good emulator program, here’s a perfect solution to your problems. Daemon Tools Lite comes to your rescue with its wonder working capabilities, surprisingly free of cost. Before we, look in to the actual capabilities of the program, presenting a description of the software by the publisher would provide you with insight of what the program is all about.
Daemon Tools Lite, a virtual DVD-ROM emulator, which is based on the SCSI miniport driver, emulates DVD-ROM drives. It works amazingly on notebooks that do not have a physical CD-/DVD-ROM drive and can also speed up CD/DVD access.
Although there are several virtual emulators in the market, unlike other CD-/DVD-ROM emulators Daemon Tools Lite does not use any proprietary container format. The advantage as claimed by the publisher is that it is possible to burn the images with Daemon Tools Lite straight away or simply test the image before burning it to check the correctness of the image. Daemon Tools Lite is compatible with almost all of the image formats. One other special feature of the software is its ability to create physical backups of the CD or DVD wherever possible.
Users of Daemon Tools Lite feel that the product is simply amazing and that it works well without any major problems. Although bugs issues still prevail, even the paid emulators aren’t free of such problems. The program can be activated from the system tray. While the right click enables users to mount an image or change settings, the left click on the icon helps in accessing the emulated drive, which can also be access through windows explorer.
Daemon Tools can support a variety of image formats such as .b5t, .b6t, and .bwt, .ccd, .cdi, .cue, .mds,. nrg, .pdi, and .isz images and also several other types of copy-protection. While the free version of the tool is available only for personal use, you need to pay a fee if you are planning to use the too for commercial purposes. The Pro version of the software comes with the ability to support more emulated drives i.e. as many as 32, while the free version is limited to four. The pro version also has certain other features such as the capability of compressing, creating images and the GUI which is absent in the free version.
When it comes to the draw back of Daemon Tools Lite there are few prominent ones for example, the software does not support Magic ISO, Power ISO, Easy Media Creator, Ultra ISO and a few other files. However, the software includes a plug-in architecture along with several add-ons which are freely available. Using these it is possible to create ISO images or handle latest Securom copy-protected discs the way you could do things with the pro version of the software.
Daemon Tools supports the following image files :
– ccd (CloneCD)
– bwt (Blindwrite)
– mds (Media Descriptor File)
– cdi (Discjuggler)
– nrg (Nero)
– pdi (Instant CD/DVD)
– b5t (BlindWrite 5)
Changes in Daemon Tools 4.45.1 :
– Support of FLAC image files;
– Flexible scheme of adding DT and SCSI virtual devices (maximum 4 in total);
– Separate Autostart option;
– Drag-and-drop of folders that contain image files;
– Improvements in auto update process;
– SPTD 1.79.
• Bugs fixed:
– Incompatibility with McAfee;
– GUI issues with some RTL languages (Arabic, Hebrew etc);
– Crash with Danish language;
– Command line parameter get_count returns quantity of virtual devices of specific type by default;
– Minor bugs.
Changes in Daemon Tools 3.47 :
– Fixed lockup with some images containing bad sectors made by Alcohol (MDS)
– Fixed Nero InCD formatting problem with DAEMON Tools present
– Fixed atapi.sys locking problem (as a result, some emulation ability is removed for PCD5 until new release).
How to use Daemon Tools Lite with Virtual Discs
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