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Windows 7: Error Message: There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk in

30 Sep 2014   #11
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

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I don't have to risk scratching old hard to find next to impossible to replace disks.
I use a CD/DVD burning program to create an .iso image file of such discs then when I need it can use that file to burn a new exact copy of the original without needing to have the original at hand. Most Linux Operating System downloads are .iso format, quite useful for creating an exact copy of the original.


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30 Sep 2014   #12
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Berton View Post
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I don't have to risk scratching old hard to find next to impossible to replace disks.
I use a CD/DVD burning program to create an .iso image file of such discs then when I need it can use that file to burn a new exact copy of the original without needing to have the original at hand. Most Linux Operating System downloads are .iso format, quite useful for creating an exact copy of the original.
I do as well, for discs I need a physical copy of. This however is an option where you don't need physical discs. I have a 500gb hard drive on my work desktop that is only ISO's. From game discs to OS and Office installers. I burn one when a physical disc is needed. I usually burn the OS and Program install discs to several USB drives. Most PC's today support USB boot. Much faster to install the OS from a flash drive.
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10 Oct 2014   #13
aintnorock

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Problem Solved

I apologize for not getting back to you all about this issue. Although I did not use mohavepc's solution, his post and others' posts led me to a solution:

I changed the CD drive's name from E: to F: when I installed the software, since the program was always looking for the disk in E:. Then I changed it back to E:.

I copied each disk (which were not installable) to a flashdrive F:. That worked.

I went one step further so I wouldn't even have to use the flashdrive.

I set up a small partition on my harddrive and named it F: I then copied the entire contents of the flashdrive to the partition.

Now when I run the program, it automatically looks for drive F: and finds it, and I can run the program entirely from the hard drive. It runs faster and more efficiently than having to swap disks in an out of the C: drive.

mhs asked why I couldn't take the CD out and insert the next - I could have, but that's the whole problem I was trying to solve, not having to swap disks in and out while I was running the problem. Had it been an install, it would have been easy, but the program being so old, it had no clue that I had 8gb of RAM and a 1 TB hard drive.

Thanks everyone for contributing. I appreciate the conversation. And I'm about to post another problem with another very old program, so watch for it.


Carl
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10 Oct 2014   #14
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Glad you found a solution Carl. Please mark this thread solved
Have a good day.
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10 Oct 2014   #15
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

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that's the whole problem I was trying to solve, not having to swap disks in and out
That's a whole lot of the reason for programmers to put their software on a DVD, holds up to about 7 times as much as a CD.
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10 Oct 2014   #16
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Old programs ... changed drive letters ... glad you were able to get the program off the CDs and onto a partition and ... most importantly the program is working. Thanks for the feedback that provided the solution that worked for you.

Bill
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