29 Dec 2010
How To Run A CD Without A CD/DVD Drive?
If you have purchased a laptop, but it doesn’t have a CD or DVD drive in it, how do you install software that’s on a CD or DVD onto your computer?
There are a couple of ways you can do this with the quickest and easiest way is to buy an external CD/DVD ROM drive that just plugs into your USB port. But if you don’t have one of them, or don’t want to buy one, you can do the following.
- First of all you have to somehow create an image of the CD. To do this, I personally use Nero (but any other burning software should be able to do this such as these tools) . All I do is to burn the disk, but just before it actually writes the files to disk, I abort it. You should then have an disk image saved to your computer.
- So once you have the image, transfer it over to your computer that doesn’t have the CD drive either through your home network, portable HDD or USB.
- Now there are many software programs that can read these images such as Virtual Drive or Nero Image drive. But I personally use Daemon Tools, which mounts the image file so your computer thinks its an actual CD or DVD.
- Now use Daemon Tools to mount the image, open up My Computer, and click on the CD drive and it should run as if there was a CD in your computer.
Then your done and you can install the program on your computer as if you had a DVD or CD Drive