mount usb flash drive as cd player


caffeine

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My computer has no CD player and, does not have enough USB ports to easily perform all of the tasks I occasionally tackle. I have encountered instances where a flash drive is not an option. The only available option is a CD player. Can I mount an external USB flash drive as a CD player?
EDIT for clarification...My goal is to see the mounted CD in This PC without further need to have the flash drive plugged in.
Thanks in advance for helpful answers.

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Wouldn't a Lenovo or 3rd-party USB-C docking station work for you? That normally provides extra USB-A ports.
 

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If my understanding is correct, a docking station is an external device to mount the computer on. If that is correct, I would not be able to use that option when away from home while on battery power. If you are referring to a USB hub, I thought there is a conflict when accessing multiple ports at the same time.
What I would like to accomplish is similar to mounting an ISO as a drive. Am I making sense?

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"My goal is to see the mounted CD in This PC without further need to have the flash drive plugged in".

I'm not getting this part.
 

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@caffeine

In addition to the docking station or USB hub that would give you more USB ports, an external portable USB-A DVD player-writer is not very costly, and will last a long, long time. I have a Lenovo 00XD342, and it's about two years old and works beautifully whnever I take it out of the closet and plug it in.

Here's a refurb supplier example:
 

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Thanks garlin,
I checked the link you provided. Maybe I am tilting at windmills -- But -- I desire is to accomplish this without an external device. My research to date indicates that the mounting requires an ISO for mounting. I was hopeful that a virtual CD player would be a solution but, so far no go.

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When you say you need a CD player, are you talking about using it for audio CD or burned CD/DVD content? There are apps to extract a mounted CD/DVD image to .ISO format. Then copy the .ISO file to an USB flash drive, which Windows can mount as an ISO volume (creating a new temporary "drive").
 

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My computer has no CD player and, does not have enough USB ports to easily perform all of the tasks I occasionally tackle.
Can I mount an external USB flash drive as a CD player?
A hub or a dock would answer the first question perfectly. The second is more challenging, because you seem to be wanting a USB flash drive to be recognized "as a CD player," and to be able to remove the flash drive from your computer and have the previously "recognized" CD player remain in your File Explorer. Is that right?
 

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"My goal is to see the mounted CD in This PC without further need to have the flash drive plugged in".

I'm not getting this part.
Here is the deal. If you mount an ISO, This PC shows the ISO as a drive on the computer. The mounted drive is independent of any devices plugged in to the computer hence, no need for having a device plugged in. If I can accomplish my goal then, a virtual CD player would Show up in This PC with no need for a plugged in device.
Do you get the visual on that?

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A hub or a dock would answer the first question perfectly. The second is more challenging, because you seem to be wanting a USB flash drive to be recognized "as a CD player," and to be able to remove the flash drive from your computer and have the previously "recognized" CD player remain in your File Explorer. Is that right?
In File Explorer would work but, I would rather see it displayed in This PC to provide a "one stop shopping" experience. Once again maybe titling at windmills.

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I think the problem you face is that yes, you can put an ISO on a flash drive and yes, you can mount that ISO in the This PC display as a drive, but no, you can't then just remove the USB drive and have the mounted ISO remain in the This PC display.
But I still don't get the "flash drive as a CD player" thing. Putting the contents of a CD on a flash drive is no challenge, but the PC will recognize the flash drive as a flash drive, not a CD player. The only way to get a CD player to show up in This PC is to attach a CD player to the PC.
 

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When you say you need a CD player, are you talking about using it for audio CD or burned CD/DVD content? There are apps to extract a mounted CD/DVD image to .ISO format. Then copy the .ISO file to an USB flash drive, which Windows can mount as an ISO volume (creating a new temporary "drive").
An example of my intent is an option offered in Control Panel to create a password recovery (or reset -- I don't remember for sure). When attempting to perform this task, a CD is required with no flash drive option. There are other times and places where I have encountered the same lack of options.
EDIT -- no audio CD or burned CD/DVD content deired
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a CD is required with no flash drive option.
no audio CD or burned CD/DVD content desired.
So I did get it right: you want a flash drive to be recognized as a CD drive, and then you want to be able to disconnect the flash drive and have the PC still "think" it has a CD drive attached.

Ain't gonna happen, caffeine, our friend.
 

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I think the problem you face is that yes, you can put an ISO on a flash drive and yes, you can mount that ISO in the This PC display as a drive, but no, you can't then just remove the USB drive and have the mounted ISO remain in the This PC display.
But I still don't get the "flash drive as a CD player" thing. Putting the contents of a CD on a flash drive is no challenge, but the PC will recognize the flash drive as a flash drive, not a CD player. The only way to get a CD player to show up in This PC is to attach a CD player to the PC.
The ISO I mounted came from a downloaded file, not from a flash drive. It was displayed in This PC as a drive. Therefore, whether or not a flash drive is plugged in is moot in this example.
You said, "Putting the contents of a CD on a flash drive is no challenge, but the PC will recognize the flash drive as a flash drive, not a CD player. The only way to get a CD player to show up in This PC is to attach a CD player to the PC." After all the conversations here it appears that the only viable solution would be a downloaded virtual CD player ISO. I my need to research whether or not such a thing exists.

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Save yourself a lot of effort, buy an externally powered usb hub and a portable dvd drive.
 

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One other thing to try, if the data doesn't change one could create an .iso file, copy it to another drive then in File Explorer choose Mount to read it.
 

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If your OS (or secondary) drive is large enough, you can create as many ISO files as you like and mount them so as they appear as another DVD drive, they will each be assigned a drive letter.
As many as you have spare drive letters that is.

You donโ€™t necessarily need to have an ISO on a USB in fact itโ€™s better that they exist on your internal SSD/HDD (In my opinion)

For example:

Mount ISO 1 = E:
Mount ISO 2 = F:
Mount ISO 3 = G:
Etc
Etc

Each mounted ISO will be assigned the next available drive letter.
To remove (unmount) the drive, you right click on the DVD drive letter and choose โ€œEjectโ€


And for further reading/options (temporary optional mount)
 
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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3880
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    Iโ€™m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmosยฎ
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    โ€ฆstill on a horse.

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