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As a follow-up on my question VMware Workstation 8: how to fake a bootable USB stick?

How can I mount a Windows folder as a virtual CD/DVD drive?

That way, I could mount the folder as a virtual CD/DVD drive on my host system, then use that CD/DVD drive in my guest VM to boot from.

Note: I know about SUBST, but that mounts the folder as a regular drive, not as a CD/DVD image.

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If no better solutions are found: Create an iso image and mount that either directly in VMware or eg. DaemonTools. – Jens Erat Nov 4 '11 at 11:27
I don't think you can. Anyway you cannot boot from a folder since you cannot mark it as bootable. – m0skit0 Nov 4 '11 at 12:00
@Jens I thought about that; do you know if it is possible to make an ISO "redirect" that in fact points to files in stead of a binary image? – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Nov 4 '11 at 13:07
I don't think so, what should happen to the iso file if you delete/add files? You would have to do some hacks with shadow copies or such to have a stable image... Maybe you can mount an iso file to a folder (eg. Daemon Tools paid versions) and use it in VMware, too, but I don't guess both at the same time. – Jens Erat Nov 4 '11 at 14:24
@Jens good point. I'll need to think this over. – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Nov 4 '11 at 16:58
up vote 4 down vote accepted

I don't think you can do so. A folder is a logical entity, not a physical one. You cannot boot from a folder since you cannot mark it as bootable and it has no boot sector.

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