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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

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