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Windows 7: CD-ROM Manual Info to .iso format?

16 Jun 2017   #1

Win7 Pro 64 Bit
CD-ROM Manual Info to .iso format?

Have a number of CD-ROM automotive service manuals that are/were time sensitive, trying to open them without changing the system clock gets an error message. On an automotive service forum one user offered this bit as a way to continue using the rather expensive CD-ROM's---the info therein is still relevant and useful.

The suggested fix or work around:

It is not necessary to download and install the SVG Viewer as modern browsers (IE, Firefox, etc) all include that function.

All my service DVDs from 96-12 work perfectly on my desktop Win7Pro system with a few tweaks.

1. Install a virtual DVD setup, then use .iso copies of the disk as virtual disks. Eliminates the physical disk swapping. Put all the ISO files in a single folder to make them easier to find. I use VirtualCloneDrive, it's free.
2. DVDs that are either individual or part of a set must each have their own sub-directory to be installed into, one for a set or one per individual independent DVD. Therefore, I happen to have four folders, each with a specific model year span.
3. Install an appropriately named desktop shortcut for each folder's executable.
4. For those DVDs or sets that have expiration dates, download and install the utility RUNASDATE. You must then edit the shortcut for each of your desktop shortcuts to include the command line and date for that particular set.

For example, here's the selection of desktop icons on my system:

Now, only the three newest of those have expiration dates so they require the date to be modified before launching.

The 09-10 DVD has a date of July 2012 on it, so I set it to run with a date of July 1st, 2012 using the following command line:

C:\runasdate32\RunAsDate(dot)exe 07\01\2012 C:\TSO_09_10\tsobrowser(dot)exe [had to spoof forum software which doesn't like executable file names ]

The shortcut includes the path to the runasdate executable, the desired date (in the mandatory format!) as well as the operating folder and the TSO browser executable.

Works fine!

Can someone here help me find a way to extract (?) and convert info on the CD-ROM's into the .iso files needed for this operation?


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16 Jun 2017   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 OEM

Hi, if you just need to convert the disk to ISO then use ImagBurn.
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17 Jun 2017   #3

Win7 Pro 64 Bit

Thanks for the reply----so how do I convert the CD-ROM's info into an ISO format?
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17 Jun 2017   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 OEM

You start the software insert the disk into your CD-ROM and click on "Create Image File from Disk"

Then select a Destination and click the Icon to go.

When in reverse and writing an Image to disk it is advisable to slow the speed down.

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17 Jun 2017   #5

Win7 Pro 64 Bit

Okay----thanks to MeOnMine I'm almost there---now have a file "stuck" in "system" I cannot delete, error saying its in use by that file or program.

Looking through my accessible points in System 32 I don't see the file. If it matters the default opening program is 7-Zip but there's nothing in the files there either.

Sorry to be such a bother--quite new and very dumb at all this. :)
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