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Thread: Mounting a folder as a harddrive

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    Default Mounting a folder as a harddrive

    I often find that would be handy to have such a tool.

    Pick a folder and let a program pretend that its really a disk. Now I have to either actually burn a disk or use some software to create an image and mount that.

    Yes, obviously you couldn't use with copyright protection which does all kind of hard core interfacing, but that's fine -that isn't the point

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    Check subst command.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Copytrooper
    Check subst command.
    Start explorer. Check icons. Notice it is displayed like a harddrive, not a cd.

    Subst isn't good enough, because it doesn't tell the system its a CD/DVD, but that its just a directory on the harddrive.

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    I thought you didn't care about copy protection in your original post.

    You post subject was "Mounting a folder as a harddrive" did you mean "Mounting a folder as a CD-ROM"?
    Using subst, the folder will have a drive letter just like a CD-ROM. What other CD-ROM characteristics might be missing in this theoretical mounting scenario?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Underheaven
    I thought you didn't care about copy protection in your original post.
    I don't.

    Quote Originally Posted by Underheaven
    You post subject was "Mounting a folder as a harddrive" did you mean "Mounting a folder as a CD-ROM"?
    Yes I did - must have been tired.

    Quote Originally Posted by Underheaven
    Using subst, the folder will have a drive letter just like a CD-ROM. What other CD-ROM characteristics might be missing in this theoretical mounting scenario?
    As I told you, the system mounts it as a folder. If a program asks for a list of CD-ROMs it will not get a list to this subst - since its type is a folder.

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    Most of the times that I have used Windows, when it asks for a CD Rom, it *also* allows you to type in the location - so having the folder mounted as a virtual (hard) drive should still work, as it is looking for a particular file, and as long as the executable finds the file at the given location it should not care *what* the media is.

    And, unless I ma mistaken, if it *does* care about the type of media that is being used, then, I believe that is a very paltry form of copy protection, is it not? :wink:

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    The program asks Windows for DVD drives and lists them as a choice - since a mounted folder is not a DVD drive it doesn't get liste. That's not copy protection just lame programming.

    (If you could just pick a fucking folder to begin with where wouldn't have been a need for this now would there!)

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    I was thinking more along the lines of "Please insert disc 2", and it would default to a CD ROM drive, and you could edit the path to wherever you liked. As most of the games that I have played do.

    But you are right about that last part, I was not thinking entirely straight - if the folder selection method worked in the first place then this discussion would not exist. :oops:

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    FakeCD work well for this in the past for CD-GAMES in DOS format... probably exist a version for windows of it(if I remember well is called FakeCD 99).

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    Yeah, but fakecd 99 doesn't seem to work under XP.

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