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

19 Sep 2014   #1
aintnorock

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Error Message: There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk in

Error: "There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive \Device\Harddisk4\DR5"

The situation is this. I have an old program that came entirely on CDs. You can load the program on your hard drive, but it's constantly asking you to insert CD's to read portions of the program. I had a computer that I got it to work on, by loading the program on the Hard drive, and then fooled it into reading a flash drive that has all the content of the extra 7 disks.

I just got a new computer, and that solution is not working. The software won't recognize the flash drive no matter which USB slot I put it in. The software is no longer supported. It runs, but only if I insert the CDs. No matter where I put the
disk, it's not recognized, even if I change the drive letter to what the initial installation came from.

I know it's an odd question, but it's driving me nuts.

Thanks.
carl




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19 Sep 2014   #2
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

There is a utility from Microsoft that allows you to mount iso's as virtual dc roms, dvd, roms ect. it can be downloaded from Virtual CD-Rom. If you need to create iso's from the disks themselves try ImgBurn just be sure to uncheck any added software it wants to install including conduit.


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19 Sep 2014   #3
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If you need help using either feel free to contact me. I will be out of contact until Saturday morning but I will check back on this thread then. Have a good afternoon.
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19 Sep 2014   #4
aintnorock

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

I've downloaded the Virtual Machine software, but not sure what to do next.
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20 Sep 2014   #5
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Ok lets start with a couple questions.
1. do you have an iso or a few iso's of the disks you are wanting to use?
2. Did you follow the directions in the Microsoft read me file that was part of the download?

Once you have the iso's in place then use the VCDControlTool.exe to "Mount" those files as drives. choose drive letters in order so you will remember where to point the program I.E. disk 1 is drive J:, disk 2 is drive K: ect. once in the program that wants the disks just point it to the appropriate drive letter. Be sure to choose drive letters far enough down the list as to not interfere with use of usb's or externals. j through s should suffice.
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24 Sep 2014   #6
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Aintnorock I apologize but I am about to head out for a long weekend. I have asked for someone else to monitor this thread in case you come back needing more help. If more help is Not needed would you mind marking this thread solved?

Thank you
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24 Sep 2014   #7
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Well for my two cents worth I think you might need to look at beefing up the RAM to 4GB at minimum. But that is a by the by and I am really interested if it is not a confidential program as to what it is because it seems strange these days to have a program on seven disks.
Is it not possible to get a newer version of it because this seems a very long way round the houses way of installing a program.

Now out of interest did you follow Mohavepc's instructions yet?
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24 Sep 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am a bit puzzled. If that program comes on 7 CDs and asls for the next CD, why can't you just take the first CD out and insert the next CD.
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24 Sep 2014   #9
Slartybart

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

You could try to extract the files from the install.
See this thread for three utilities
How to extract the contents of an .exe file instead of installing it ?

Sometimes you can run the install package in a command line and get the install options help.
AnInstallPgm.exe /?

InstallSheild: Setup.exe and Update.exe Command-Line Parameters

MS Self Extractor: Description of the command-line switches that are supported by a software installation package, an update package, or a hotfix package that was created by using Microsoft Self-Extractor
It's much easier to use the utilities 7zip or WinRAR (I've never used Universal Extractor, but I might try it if the need to extract an installer package arises again)

You might have to do this on the old machine and transfer the resulting extraction to the new machine due to the CD sequencing error. Hopefully the CDs are still viable.
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30 Sep 2014   #10
mohavepc

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I know it seems a bit extreme to mount ISO's as drives, in this case however it has worked for me. I was playing several D&D games from win98. Why? Because that's where I started and I have a place in my heart for them. There is no new version of the old 8bit and 16bit games that I enjoyed. So I found a way to make the discs load from the hard drive rather than the cd tray. first it loads faster and two I don't have to risk scratching old hard to find next to impossible to replace disks.

If and/or when this person returns I would like to know if this worked for them.
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