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post #1 of 18
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I've got a program that I have to install using about 8 dvd's. There's about 60GB worht of data and it's kinda annoying having to keep changing discs. I was wondering if there was a program that could make a single installation file out of all these dvd's so that I don't even need to use them anymore?

This would be for Windows, btw. Anyone know of anything?

Thanks thumb.gif
post #2 of 18

I don't, but I would just copy the DVDs to a hard drive or a solid state drive. You'd make one parent folder with 8 sub folders - one sub folder per DVD.

 

I have never done this with a multi-disc program, but I've done it with others where I grew tired of having to go find the CD or DVD. Do you see that secondary 250 GB 840 EVO in my sig rig that I have set up as my D: drive? It contains a few CDs and DVDs so that if I want to format and start over and reinstall everything super fast, then I don't have to worry about hunting down any of those CDs or DVDs if I can't find them right away.


Edited by TwoCables - 11/3/15 at 3:39pm
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post #3 of 18
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I suppose that'd be one way of doing it. I'd have to mount them with a virtual drive tool. But I was thinking it'd be cool if I just had a single file which I could just run and let it install like most programs smile.gif If I can't do that, then I'll probably go with your idea. Thanks for the suggestion smile.gif
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I suppose that'd be one way of doing it. I'd have to mount them with a virtual drive tool. But I was thinking it'd be cool if I just had a single file which I could just run and let it install like most programs smile.gif If I can't do that, then I'll probably go with your idea. Thanks for the suggestion smile.gif

 

Why would you have to mount them? Here's a small example:

 

TitaniumHD_CD.png?raw=1 

 

 

This is my Titanium HD installation CD as copied onto my 840 EVO. All I have to do is double-click Setup.exe.

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post #5 of 18
I would use PowerISO to make an image of the disc and just mount it as a virtual disk when needed.

TwoCables' solution may also work
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post #6 of 18
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Well even if I could run the installer that way, what about when it starts asking me to insert discs? It's going to look to the cd drives for the discs, yet they won't be there..

I'll use PowerISO or something similar for the task and see what I can do..

Cheers guys.
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Well even if I could run the installer that way, what about when it starts asking me to insert discs? It's going to look to the cd drives for the discs, yet they won't be there..

I'll use PowerISO or something similar for the task and see what I can do..

Cheers guys.

I don't think you understood what twocables means. A CD drive is just that, a drive with a letter assigned to it corresponding to a file location; just like a hard drive. Just copy paste everything on the CD to a hard drive location. When the installer asks for you to insert the next disk you can just browse to the location on your hard drive instead of the cd drive and click next.

Or you get funky and look at the installers folder structure and see if you can just merge the contents of all the drives into one folder. That way it won't ever ask you for the next disk as it can see all the contents in the same working directory.
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Well even if I could run the installer that way, what about when it starts asking me to insert discs? It's going to look to the cd drives for the discs, yet they won't be there..

I'll use PowerISO or something similar for the task and see what I can do..

Cheers guys.

virtual clone drive by slysoft is a good program for easily mounting iso files to emulate being physically installed in the dvd drive.
link> http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html
direct download link> http://static.slysoft.com/SetupVirtualCloneDrive.exe
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ET900 View Post

Well even if I could run the installer that way, what about when it starts asking me to insert discs? It's going to look to the cd drives for the discs, yet they won't be there..

I'll use PowerISO or something similar for the task and see what I can do..

Cheers guys.

virtual clone drive by slysoft is a good program for easily mounting iso files to emulate being physically installed in the dvd drive.
link> http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html
direct download link> http://static.slysoft.com/SetupVirtualCloneDrive.exe

Another vote for Virtual Clone Drive. It works as a virtual optical drive and appears as an optical drive in Computer in Win 7. I've been using it for some time now. One thing not mentioned yet is it is free (the only free product by Slysoft the last time I checked).

I use CDBurnerXP to create the ISOs from my program disks. I've never tried it with a program that uses multiple disks.
     
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I don't think you understood what twocables means. A CD drive is just that, a drive with a letter assigned to it corresponding to a file location; just like a hard drive. Just copy paste everything on the CD to a hard drive location. When the installer asks for you to insert the next disk you can just browse to the location on your hard drive instead of the cd drive and click next.

 

This.

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