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How do I know which partitions I can safely remove on Windows 10?

I'm using desktop apps for Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox, which all store files on my computer. Google Drive used a virtual drive for its file, until I changed the Google Drive streaming location ...
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Booting from a virtual disk on a virtual machine ends up in a blue screen

I took a HDD out of a dead PC (,which used to run Windows Vista) and virtualized it into vhdx using disk2VHD. After converting the VHDX to VMDK, I attached the drive to a new virtual machine on VMWare ...
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How do I redirect the virtual disk drive to open the program which requiring physical optical drive

Refer to this Q: Copy program from CD to USB but can't launch program after installation in window-10 I observed that I needed to put the CD into the physical optical drive after installation. ...
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Why is there an empty VirtualDrive folder (231 GB) in C:\ProgramFiles\Asus folder in my Asus Strix Laptop?

I was trying to make space in my C drive because it is almost always full. While checking I saw a folder in path C:\ProgramData\ASUS. The folder name is VirtualDrive. It is an empty folder(I checked &...
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Is it possible to load a VHDX virtual drive so it's seen as a removeable drive by windows?

I'm wanting to synchronise a "virtual USB drive" between computers. Reason is, the software I use for lighting, GrandMA2 onpc, is based around the concept of a lighting console with an ...
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Is it possible to save a disk state and after that all installations and other changes to be removed on next restart without a software?

My friend is going to open a cybercafe and I was wondering how to remove all the applications/ files and other things people create on computer on restart, some recommended a tool Deep Freezer but I ...
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Are VHD's (Virtual Hard Drives) safe?

So, All I'm asking is if Virtual Hard Drives are safe. Because I needed more space and well.. My external hard-drive only has around 50GB of space (30GB taken by the system), so I'm thinking of making ...
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How to permanently assign a virtual drive letter in Windows 10?

In many applications, such as PowerISO, CyberLink Power2Go (the Virtual Drive Manager), etc. you can assign one or more fixed drive letters for virtual drives in Windows (e.g. V:\). Because Windows ...
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Are the files opened with the photos application of Windows 10 temporary stored anywhere?

I'm saving some designs in a virtual drive with an encryption software. When the virtual drive is off, sometimes the photos can still be opened by clicking them in recent files and they are opened in ...
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Software (an old PC game) won't boot using a virtual drive, but does boot using a real drive. How come?

I have a couple of old video games—The Hobbit (2003), published by Vivendi, and Zapper: One Wicked Cricket (2002), published by Infogrames—which won't boot when mounted using a virtual drive, but they ...
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Mount virtual vfat drive to raspberry pi

I'm trying to mount virtual vfat drive to Raspberry Pi. This solution was working then we formatted the vritual vfat drive via USB OTG, now I cannot mount the drive back to pi but I can still mount ...
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Windows 10 : Windows seems to create an empty Local drive after boot

My Windows 10 creates an empty (size 0) Drive (Q:, seen as a local drive), on which I have no access right, even as Administrator. When I go in This Computer > Manage > Storage > Disk Manager this ...
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How to change the order of CD-ROM drives in Windows?

Is there a way to change the order/position of CD-ROM drives in Windows? I have used Daemon tools to mount a virtual disc and I want to change its position to first i.e. 0. The first one is the ...
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Why VirtualBox harddisk is always growing even though I delete files from virtual drive?

I have seen it with both VBox native VDI format and VMDK format. Even though I delete files from virtual drive, I see it always keeps growing. I have some vague idea that file zero-ing doesn't ...
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Remove drive Q microsoft office click-to-run 2010 (protected)

There is no trace of Microsoft office on my computer and I don't think there has been for more than 5 years, but just today there appeared a drive Q labeled microsoft office click-to-run 2010 (...
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How to create a (second) virtual USB drive on a external harddrive

I want to be able to have two USB Drives displayed when I plug my hard drive in, one obviously is the harddrive, the other one should be a virtual drive. On the long run I want to be able to create a ...
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dm-crypt+luks: Can I have a separate header without storing it on the luks encrypted device?

I would like to encrypt my external hard drive with dm-crypt+luks, but I am not satisfied with all the information, that the LUKS header is providing in plaintext. So I would like to keep the LUKS ...
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How do I get the physical path to a mapped DIRECTORY (not a mapped drive)?

I have a mapped directory in my D drive called “Inetpub”. I point it to various folders depending which version of my website I am testing. How do I quickly check which folder I am in when I browse ...
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Virtual CD/DVD drive drivers not intalling in Windows 7

In my windows 7 machine, I installed Daemon tools lite so that I can mount cd/dvd iso images. But when I add a new virtual drive in Daemon Tools, the native popup of installation of driver failer ...
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In Windows 8, how to know exactly which ISO file is mounted in a virtual drive?

Windows 8 has the ability to natively mount ISO images. But how to know which ISO file is mounted in a virtual drive?
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How to install Windows 8 on laptop with Windows 7 using Virtual CloneDrive? [duplicate]

I downloaded a student version of Windows 8 Pro and currently have it as an ISO. It tells me that I have to put it in a dvd in order to be able to install it, but I don't have access to one. Would I ...
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Is there any difference between installing from a burned .iso and installing from the decompressed .iso?

I have a .iso file which installs a program. Do I need to burn it / mount it on a virtual drive? Or does decompressing it work as well?
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How to mount a folder as a virtual CD or DVD drive?

I want to mount a local folder as a virtual CD/DVD drive to allow me to run a program without having the CD mounted physically. I know I could burn it to an ISO file and mount that as a virtual CD/...
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Loading and unloading ISO files in Windows 8

I saw on one site that the new Windows 8 could load ISO images without the help of other programs. Is Windows 8 creating a new drive for every ISO? Or does it have one virtual drive to load all ISOs ...
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What happens if an external hard drive that is part of a set of spanned discs in windows is powered off?

Does anyone know what would happen if an external hard drive that was part of a set of spanned discs was powered off whilst the computer was running? Also what would happen if it was turned off before ...
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Tool to mount a zip/rar/* archive as a Win drive and be able to read/write as a normal device? [closed]

I'm looking for some tool that, given a zip/rar/tar/* archive file, mounts it as a new Windows drive. Some tools are WinMount or WinArchive, but I need one that allows me to write/create/delete files ...
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How to mount a folder as a virtual CD/DVD drive?

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/...
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How to create a virtual disk with a case-sensitive filesystem on Windows 7?

I don't care which filesystem exactly it will be, I just need the file paths to work in a case-sensitive manner. Maybe a behavior similar to a samba share on Linux box that has case-sensitivity ...
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How to create a file-encapsulated virtual hard drive on Windows XP?

I seek to create a virtual hard drive which will be readable and writable (by the host OS, not by a VirtualMachine) as an ordinary hard drive while being stored as a single file (or a pair, maybe) on ...
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Mount Ubuntu .disk file as Virtual Drive on Windows

I installed Ubuntu "on" Windows Vista using the Wubi installer. The Ubuntu "disk" files are located in C:\ubuntu\disks\. (So, there's a large 30GB .disk file in that directory.) How can I "mount" it ...
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creating compressed iso image file

I want to create a compressed ISO image file and mount that file to one of the virtual drives and access the content (read-only) without worrying about manual decompression/extraction. For Windows and ...
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Need Suggestions for a Good CD/DVD burner that also mounts .ISO files [closed]

I've been looking for this for a while now. I'd like a freeware program that burns all CDs and DVDs, and also mounts and runs .ISO files on virtual drives without requiring any additional software. Is ...
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Is there a Windows equivalent to Remote Disc?

So obviously almost 3/5 of laptops sold today come without CD drives, mine being one of them. My dad wants to watch DVDs and install Office '07 however, and he won't pay a hundred dollars for an ...
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Is there any virtual drive for Windows that supports compression?

I refer to mount it under Windows 7.
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Set up auto-mounting virtual CD drives on Windows 7?

How can I set up Windows 7 to auto-mount CD images as needed? I have a bunch of old games on CD (eg. Starcraft Broodwar) that I have ripped to ISO or IMG/CDD files. Until recently, I used Daemon ...
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Is there a way to mount a writable disc in a virtual device/drive? [duplicate]

Is there a way to mount a writable disc/image on a virtual drive(e.g. daemon tools)? This is for either Windows XP or Windows 7. The goal being to write a disc directly to an ISO from software that ...
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Use same Ubuntu install in physical or virtual machine

I'm planning to install Windows 7 x64 soon. I'm planning also run Ubuntu. I wish to use Ubuntu for developing, and for doing live music. I'd like to be able boot directly into Ubuntu for live ...
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How do I associate an image file to Magic Disc

I am using Windows Vista and Magic Disc. Everytime I double click an ISO I want it to be mounted via Magic Disc. Is this possible? Defining a file association via the CP just spawns a new instance of ...
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Is there a free program to emulate a DVD writer? [closed]

I have a Sony P-Series netbook (VGN-P11Z) with no optical drive. It has an option to burn recovery DVDs with an external DVD drive. I don't have an external DVD drive but would like these DVDs just ...
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Is there a tool to convert VHD images to VDI images?

I saw the response for converting VDI images into VHD images, but I want to do the opposite conversion - is there a tool to do this?
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Virtual DVD writer

my laptop does not have a DVD driver at all. But I'd like to convert my video to a DVD format (e.g. Video_TS and Audio_TS). Is there a Virtual DVD writer out there that can pretend to be a DVD+R or ...
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vm fusion only allows 40gb drive for windows7, can I create another drive?

When installing windows 7 on my mac book pro using VMware fusion fusion, it says I can set a 40gb maximum size for the virtual machine drive image. Can I create another drive and link it to the vm, ...
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VMware Workstation has terrible performance on local hard disk

I'm working on vmware image files. My computer always load hard disk and vmware works very slow at the same time. Guest OS: Windows XP SP2 Host OS: Windows XP SP2 Is there any way can improve the ...
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Why do disk images hosted on a read-only HFS+ partition behave differently?

I have come across the following phenomenon and would like to know how leaky Windows' file system abstraction is or if there's something else involved. I partitioned the hard disk of my MacBook Pro ...
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Daemon Tools Lite Error- Unable to add adapter

I just got a ThinkPad T510 with Windows 7 Professional and I installed Daemon Tools Lite, but I keep getting an error when I run it: Unable to add adapter. I can't load iso images, because there ...
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VMware, Ubuntu emulator on Mac: strange "free space" information

I'm using an Ubuntu emulator (VMware) on a Macbook. My Mac says 3 GB free, while my Ubuntu emulator says 16 GB free. I am wondering if my Ubuntu installation is "reserving" those 16gb, or it is just ...
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how to restore files deleted in the Mapping virtual drive

I used psubst drive1: drive2:path /P to create the persistent virtual drive, I found that's greate, but when I delete files in those drives, they didn't appeared in the Recycle Bin, so How can I ...
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Mount VHD In Ubuntu

How would one go about mount a VHD created a something like Disc2VHD in ubuntu , try the usual mount commands but cant seem to get it going
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Trying to run QEMU with a file as hda

I'm trying to run QEMU and use a simple file on the host system as the guest's hard drive. Here's what I attempted so far: $ dd if=/dev/zero of=/home/felix/vm/archlinux.img bs=1MB count=8192 8192+0 ...
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I would like to burn a file to a virtual dvd

a program I am using tracks down my diskdrives and offers to write a dvd image to them. I would like to be able to write this image on HD in stead of on disk, but I have no option to browse the file ...
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