Virtual CD-ROM and Virtual DVD-ROM are two technologies that have been in vogue for quite some time now, but there is still a lot to be said about them. Virtual Clone drive is an excellent free Windows-based virtual drive software capable of creating a virtual CD or virtual DVD drive on the computer itself and mount image files (iso, BIN, C CD) created with Clone CD or similar program onto the virtual hard drives or virtual network drives virtually, acting like they've been directly inserted into a physical CD or DVD drive. The software creates a virtual CD or DVD, which has the capability to function like a real CD or DVD. Since this is free software, you do not have to spend money to try it out. Just download it from its website and run the demo version.
It is an easy way of burning multiple copies of same files to multiple optical media like CD, DVD, or even Blu-ray disc. You may have several hundreds of such items stored on your system, but you can use this feature to burn data files of varied file formats to one CD or DVD disc. It's also a wonderful way to backup or store information on a computer. If you want to store data on a different computer other than your primary operating system machine, you can create and burn Virtual CD using Windows CD Virtual Drives or Windows DVD Virtual Drives. Both these methods work by creating a CD image file that resides on a hard disk or a flash drive, and can then be used to boot up the Operating System of your choice after you reboot it.
Virtual CD works very much like a Virtual USB drive, and stores files on a Virtual Drive that is separate from the operating system disk. This means Virtual USB or Virtual CD can be used to boot up your laptop, or to access and run applications on a different computer. To create a DVD or a CD, just drag and drop the files to the drive letter icon, and wait for it to be written to the disk. When the write process is complete, you will be prompted to insert a blank disc to continue to burn the image file. In fact, it's much simpler than any of the other methods mentioned earlier.