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FarStone Releases VirtualDrive 11 CD Emulator for Vista-ready PCs

IRVINE, CA EUR” FarStone Technology has released the latest versions of its popular CD/DVD emulators, VirtualDrive and VirtualDrive Pro. Version 11 emulators offer a simplified GUI and improved access to VCD creation tools. VirtualDrive 11 software runs on Windows Vista and has backwards compatible OS support that allows it to operate on Windows XP and 2000 systems as well.
VirtualDrive‘s VCD creation tools have long benefited gamers and parents, who can safely store original discs while playing disc images directly on a computer hard drive. But VirtualDrive has also been adopted by libraries, schools, and businesses who need an easy way to catalog and share CD/DVD-based material. The reduced price points of VirtualDrive 11 and VirtualDrive Pro 11 make FarStone emulators more affordable than ever for a wide range of consumer, business, and academic users.
VirtualDrive has enabled me to load software used in the children’s wing of our library to the hard drive, saving us the cost of multiple CD towers to run programs,” said Kenneth Royal, Computer Technician for Daphne Public Library. “Games also run better from the hard drive and do not hang up. I’m very pleased with the product and highly recommend it.”
VirtualDrive 11 offers updated game and disc support. The software works with CD-ROMs, audio CDs, mixed-mode CDs, photo CDs, video CDs (DVD-ROMs data-mode), and unencrypted video DVDs.
VirtualDrive 11 (www.farstone.com/software/virtualdrive.htm) is priced at $30 US per license, while VirtualDrive Pro 11 (www.farstone.com/software/virtualdrive-pro.htm), which includes RAM disk functionality, is $10 more at $40. Both products are available at farstone.com and from select reseller outlets.
VirtualDrive 11 CD emulator copies a CD or unencrypted DVD as a compressed image, or “virtual disc,” which can be played in place of an original disc in any one of up to 23 “virtual drives” that the software creates. Virtual discs can be shared over a network or transported on a laptop computer, USB device, or portable medium. They run directly on the hard drive, saving wear and tear on CD-ROM drives and extending the battery life of laptop computers. They also have access speeds nearly 200 times faster than CD-ROMs, greatly accelerating the performance of PC games, photo CDs, and disc-based applications.
Founded in 1993, FarStone Technology develops data backup, hard disk imaging, and CD emulation software. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, the company licenses its software to corporations, small businesses, educational institutions and consumers worldwide. FarStone‘s global partners include Intel, Phoenix Technologies, and Toshiba. For more information, please visit www.farstone.com.