To start - I do not mean videos/DVD's, and I do not have Windows file sharing set up (and to be honest, am looking for a solution involving a program that I could maybe start and stop fully).

On my main desktop, I started backing up all of my discs (especially software) to my second hard drive, as I found that when mounting them (e.g. via MagicDisc), the installation went literally ten times faster (hard drive throughput is much higher than CD's/DVD's).

On my laptop, I do the same, but I have to copy the entire ISO via my network, then mount it, and then install. You can see what I don't want to do though - I don't want to have to copy the entire ISO every time I want to install something.

Is there some kind of solution to allow me to "stream" disc images from my desktop to my laptop, over my home network, to MagicDisc?

Is there a solution without using Windows file sharing?

(I tried FTP before - that failed miserably!)

  • It looks like the consensus is no you can't do it without using file sharing, but if you do go that route you can stop and start it by stopping and starting the server service. – Col Sep 22 '09 at 12:21
  • no can do without file sharing being enabled on the server. – Molly7244 Sep 22 '09 at 13:17
  • @Col: Look at T. Kaltnekar's answer. I'm looking for stuff like that, as his has nothing to do with WFS. – Breakthrough Sep 22 '09 at 14:19

You can try HTTPDisk (download link at the bottom of the page)

HttpDisk is a virtual disk driver for Windows that uses HTTP to mount disk or CD/DVD images from a web server.

However in that case you need to share ISO images via HTTP server which would involve a lot more than simply sharing windows folder and mounting image from there.

  • That looks pretty interesting actually... I know for Windows, there is a portable distribution of XAMPP, which I can just fire up whenever I'd need to use this! – Breakthrough Sep 22 '09 at 14:18

I use MagicDisc and just mount them directly over the network. I keep all my ISO images on a central file share and have MagicDisc installed on every machine. When I need an ISO I just mount it normally from the file share directly.

  • Is there a solution without using Windows file sharing? – Breakthrough Sep 22 '09 at 11:56
  • I am using SMB on a Linux box to do this, and afp for Mac. Unfortunatly I am not aware of any way to stream ISO's, and breaking it down this would apply to any binary file. If there is alternatives to SMB the principle should still be the same. – BinaryMisfit Sep 22 '09 at 12:04
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    Also to be honest, SMB is not evil. It does the job and works. – BinaryMisfit Sep 22 '09 at 12:05

share the drive/folder with your ISO images over the network and map the drive/folder on the client.

install WinCDEmu on the client.

open the mapped network drive on the client, double click an ISO Image to mount.

to release the ISO, open My Computer, right click on the virtual CD/DVD drive and select Eject.


Just share the folders they are in with windows file sharing, then mount then on the share.

  • Is there a solution without using Windows file sharing? – Breakthrough Sep 22 '09 at 11:54
  • Why not use Windows file sharing? It might help if you provide an explanation why this is not an option. – EmmEff Sep 22 '09 at 14:17

You could use dropbox

An online storage would be best, have it on both computers and then access it whenever you want

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    This would require a considerable amount of time top upload the ISO and then it has to be downloaded again by the Laptop – Paul Woodward Sep 22 '09 at 12:16
  • Using winrar, you could split the files to smaller rar's making it easier to copy and move around – admintech Sep 22 '09 at 12:17

You can put you ISO files on an USB external storage device, and plug it either on you main desktop computer or on your laptop.


netcat for the win :)

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