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#1 BSAC

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Posted 22 December 2004 - 02:22 AM

Why do some programs require the use of the cd-rom each time the program is run? Can the cd-rom somehow be installed onto the hard drive to eliminate the need for using it?

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Posted 22 December 2004 - 08:06 AM

the whole reason why this occurs is copywrite protection...
just to try and make it impossible to copy the original
CD and therefore make it to where each CD can only
spawn (create) a usable application on one computer

virtually all companies who engage in such practices
don't want you to be able to get around these
"safeguards". and of course, if you DO get around
this (these) barrier(s) you are in violation of your
EULA (End-User License Agreement) which can amount
to anything from just a paragraph saying this program
is protected by the GPL and you can modify it any way
you want... to a 32 item (spread over 6 pages when
printed) license that is written that even the original
programmers cannot alter the software...

hope this explains some...

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Posted 22 December 2004 - 02:50 PM

Can the cd-rom somehow be installed onto the hard drive to eliminate the need for using it?


It is possible with a virtual CD/DVD drive.
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Posted 22 December 2004 - 07:21 PM

Okay... what is a virtual CD/DVD drive, Jason? Thanks, Rex. I figured it had something to do with protecting their interests.
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Posted 22 December 2004 - 07:29 PM

A virtual CD/DVD Drive is an optical drive that actually resides on your hard drive. The reasons are many: easier installing, always have a back-up of the CDs, don't need original CDs for an application, ect...

Just as above implies, it will eat up your HD space. The good thing is, there are a few shareware applications out there. I have (or is it still use :thumbsup: ) Alcohol 120%. One of the features is a virtual drive. Even after the expiration, the drive still shows up in "My Computer", and even in hardware reports.

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