At a Glance
- Comprehensive disc image management
Create and mount disc images, as well as burn them to CD/DVD/BD with this jack-of-all-trades optical media utility.
Sometimes a name just doesn’t do a program justice. VirtualDrive
Pro, a great little program for mounting images as virtual drives
(up to 23 of them), also creates them–from files and folders or
existing media. Even better, it burns images to physical media. The
program works with CDs, as well as DVDs and Blu-ray media that are
not copy protected.
VirtualDrive Pro’s main interface is easy enough to get around,
if obtuse in spots. A pane to the left shows your current virtual
drives, optical and removable drives, and the cabinets that are
VirtualDrive Pro’s way of maintaining a database of images. A pane
to the right shows you cover info for games, and unprotected movie
and music disc. Beneath that is another pane that displays the
selected disc’s contents.
Although vendor FarStone’s Web site calls VDP’s interface
“intuitive,” I can’t completely agree. The help file assumes way
too much knowledge and the learning curve is steeper than it should
be. For example, you increase the number of drives under the View
menu (of all places). And you can’t mount an image using
VirtualDrive Pro’s program interface. You must exit to Windows
Explorer, right-click over the drive, and choose Insert.
I’d also prefer that the program use the Windows icons for the
virtual drives; its icon is a bit plain in comparison.
Despite the somewhat clunky interface, VirtualDrive Pro worked
perfectly in my tests. It wrote CD, DVD, and 25GB Blu-ray media
just fine, as well as created images from media without copyright
protection. The program will create an image from a copy-protected
DVD movie, but the resulting images won’t play back.
You can convert the program’s own VCD format to ISO, though it
might be better if you were allowed to create images in ISO format
to begin with. I did not test the utility with game discs–but if
mounting game discs as virtual drives is what you seek, you can try
out VirtualDrive Pro out for 14 days and see if it works for you
before paying the $48 fee for a one-user license.
VirtualDrive Pro is a capable all-in-one disc image manipulation
and burning program. However, a few touches from a top-flight
interface designer wouldn’t be out of order.
–Jon L. Jacobi