Create Virtual Drives With Alcohol 52% Free Edition
I think everyone has heard of Alcohol 120% and despite the fact that this is a commercial one, many have preferred it to “mount” virtual images. Alternatives would have been: other stand-alone programs like Daemon Tools or components of broader applications: Drive Image of Nero suite or some other software updates, as was the case of Magic Disc which is used with Magic ISO, but no other software has enjoyed the popularity of Alcohol 120%. And now a question for the fans. Did you know that there is a free alternative to Alcohol 120%?
Alcohol 52% is called, it is a separate application, developed by Alcohol Software, but unlike the relative software this is available as a free edition, the only indication that it supports only six virtual drives and can not be used for commercial purposes (eg. “for private, non-commercial, single home computer use only”). It is therefore a program for personal use and I don’t think you may need more than one or two virtual drives.
The second version of Alcohol 52% (released not long ago), brought a new interface that supports all Unicode characters, a more efficient management of directories and proposes a more efficient algorithm for reading (read more quickly) the discs, which not incidentally, the reading speed of an emulated disc is equivalent with 200X. In addition, a plugin available only for this version, allows you to convert MP3 discs.
What is Alcohol 52% and what can it do?
We already mentioned that it can create up to 6 virtual DVD / CD-ROM drives and using the “wizard” help for virtual images it can achieve almost immediately a copy of the CD disk in the physical drive. You need to mount your image in one of the virtual units and you are done. In addition to Alcohol 52%, Alcohol 120% has a disc-burning facility, but you can easily use Alcohol 52% and “burn” those images with CDBurnerXP .
Alcohol 52% recognizes an impressive list of CD formats (CD-DA, CD + G, CD-ROM, CD-XA, Video CD, Photo CD, Mixed Mode, Multi-session CD DVD) and DVD (DVD-ROM, DVD Video, DVD-Audio), supports any ATAPI SCSI drive (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD + RW), while it adds support for IEEE- 1394 (Firewire) and USB protocols.
A program for mounted virtual image can be very useful especially for a laptop, you will not be forced to bring with you a library of CDs. In the case of ultra-portables, so-called netbooks that have no optical drive and the only way to watch a DVD is to make a virtual image on another system (or using a portable unit) and then transfer the image via network or on the stick. You only have to mount the image with Alcohol 52% and you can watch your favorite movie.