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post #11 of 59
That is actually a really nice idea, if it weren't for the price. Would replace all my DVD's biggrin.gif
post #12 of 59
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$125 for 8GB is a little steep frown.gif

this. imma buy a 8gb tomorrow for £6 (~$10) so, eh, no. and you can boot from a flash drive anyway so that point is moot rolleyes.gif
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post #13 of 59
So its basicly the same thing then my Zalamn VE200 i bought over a years ago but smaller and more expensive?

By the way the best gadget i ever bought as a tech!
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This already exists, it's called Grub4Dos. There are a bunch of other tools that allow USB sticks to boot off .iso images. Takes a little manual tweaking but it works.
    
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Only thing worthwhile is that you can boot from it. But at that price you can buy a crap load of DVD's and use that instead. If you don't need booting functionality than daemon tools is your friend.

or Power ISO, its what I always use.

I think you are misunderstanding that this is a "HARDWARE LEVEL" USB drive that the BIOS sees as a USB Drive & an Optical Drive....

Meaning it shows up as both, so if your BIOS doesn't support USB Booting, it will show the USB Drive as an Optical Drive, which is AWESOME, because you can use this to boot up Oh OLD computers! biggrin.gif

This is clearly a Tech Tool for people who fix computers on a regular basis...

I can fit about 12 ISOs or more on an 8 GB Drive, definitely, so multi-booting from a stick would be a major time saver, definitely... You could have X ISOs of Linux on there too, woot!
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post #16 of 59
Why boot an ISO if you can extract it with winrar? (only thing i can think is ubcd...)
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post #17 of 59
If your computer cannot see a USB device at boot by default, how exactly will this make your computer all of a sudden see a USB device (even if it signs itself as an optical drive)? Since it is not SATA or old IDE interface it will never actually act like a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drive. Seems to me like this is bogus...

It actually sounds like 8GB flash drive with a boot loader installed on it.
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post #18 of 59
Oh ok that makes sense, I guess it's mostly useful with older computers that don't support USB disk booting. But yeah I don't see how it's magically going to make a motherboard that doesn't even look at USB during booting see it.
    
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post #19 of 59
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I think you are misunderstanding that this is a "HARDWARE LEVEL" USB drive that the BIOS sees as a USB Drive & an Optical Drive....
Meaning it shows up as both, so if your BIOS doesn't support USB Booting, it will show the USB Drive as an Optical Drive, which is AWESOME, because you can use this to boot up Oh OLD computers! biggrin.gif
This is clearly a Tech Tool for people who fix computers on a regular basis...
I can fit about 12 ISOs or more on an 8 GB Drive, definitely, so multi-booting from a stick would be a major time saver, definitely... You could have X ISOs of Linux on there too, woot!

Are you sure a computer that doesn't support booting over USB will boot on this? Even if the BIOS sees an optial drive, it would still be booting over USB, just booting an optical drive over USB. I've never tried to use an optical drive attached to USB to boot an old computer.
 
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post #20 of 59
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So its basicly the same thing then my Zalamn VE200 i bought over a years ago but smaller and more expensive?
By the way the best gadget i ever bought as a tech!

Now they have the VE300 model with USB 3.0 and Bluray support.
http://www.zalman.com/eng/product/Product_Read.asp?idx=459
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