Zalman ZM-VE200 Portable Virtual ROM Drive - £32.99 + del  @ LinITX.com - Back in stock at lower price!
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Zalman ZM-VE200 Portable Virtual ROM Drive - £32.99 + del @ LinITX.com - Back in stock at lower price!

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The VE200 2.5" SATA HDD Enclosure is a replacement for your portable CD/DVD player and discs. Install your choice of 2.5" SATA Hard Drive (Not Included), load all of your ISO files onto the hard drive, choose the ISO file you wish to use via the built-in file select switch and LCD display and you can install your choice of OS directly from the hard drive to your system. The enclosure connects via USB or eSATA and is automatically detected as both a Mass Storage Device and an External Optical Drive.

The ZM-VE200 has an aluminium casing with an LCD display that shows the list of available ISO files that have been stored on the HDD. It is compatible with any 2.5" SATA hard drive or solid state drive, and doesn't require any additional drivers or software to mount the ISO files. It is USB powered and has both USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces, plus a write protect key to prevent accidental deletion.

Loading your .iso files onto the VE200 device:

* Attach the drive to a computer via USB only, or eSATA, then USB.
* Make a primary partition, using either part of or the whole disk and format as NTFS.
* Make an "_iso" folder in the root of the drive e.g. as "E:_iso"
* Copy all your ISO images to the "_iso" folder.
* Tell the OS to release the disk.
* Ready to go!

Booting from an .iso file on the VE200:

* Set the VE200 to be in either ODD-MODE or DUAL-MODE (HDD and ODD).
* Use the jog wheel to find the .iso file you wish to use from the list displayed on the LCD screen.
* Press the jog wheel in to select the .iso file and the CD/DVD icon will be displayed in the LCD display.
* Boot your target system and set the BIOS to boot from USB CDROM.
* Your system will now boot from the .iso file on the VE200 just as though you had a traditional optical drive.

Specifications:

* Dimensions: 135.3(L) x 78.6(W) x 13.1(H) mm
* Weight: 98.5g
* Materials Aluminium, Acryl, Poly Carbonate
* HDD Type 2.5" SATA HDD
* Interface USB2.0 (USB1.1 compatible), eSATA Direct HDD Access
* Data Transfer Rate USB 480Mbps, eSATA 3Gbps
* HDD Speed 5400rpm or 7200rpm, or SSD
* Power USB Powered

Package Contents:

* ZALMAN ZM-VE200 HDD Enclosure
* Manual
* USB Cable
* eSATA Cable
* Protective Case
* Mini Screwdriver and screws to secure the drive into the enclosure.

20 Comments

Slightly more convenient, but much more expensive than having ISOs on a standard portable drive, along with an ISO mounting program, such as PowerISO, which can be installed pretty quickly.

Good for Operating System installs though...making a bootable USB stick isn't the quickest thing to do.
Edited by: "Lupeto" 8th Mar 2011

Lupeto

Slightly more convenient, but much more expensive than having ISOs on a … Slightly more convenient, but much more expensive than having ISOs on a standard portable drive, along with an ISO mounting program, such as PowerISO, which can be installed pretty quickly.Good for Operating System installs though...making a bootable USB stick isn't the quickest thing to do.


I agree Lupeto. I don't really see the point of this when it is cheaper and so easy to keep disk images on any HD.

This device looks excellent. I'm certainly going to treat myself to one.
It'll save me carrying around half a dozen bootable memory sticks, and a host of various CDs and DVDs
Never having to mess around building another bootable memory stick will just be a bonus.

btw - A free ISO/CD/DVD mounting program is available from MagicISO
magiciso.com/tut…htm

guv

I have 8TB of storage on my server which contains loads of ISO's. I dont … I have 8TB of storage on my server which contains loads of ISO's. I dont think that they would do me much good when I'm asked to go round a mates house to install Windows 7 64bit, then another to do 32bit, then another to do Linux, then another to do OSX, then another to do MS office..... etc etc etc.....Yes, I know i could burn a disc (though not necesarily good if the image is dual layered). Its the convenience factor here thats the main thing. I like the idea of having a drive that I can use to boot straight in to any machine and do whatever I want as far as installing OS or software. I know others have suggested creating bootable USB drives... but balls to that. How many you likely to lose when you have 20 of them with all the different OS you might want to carry about?


Yes, I can see that it would be useful if you do lots of different installations on a regular basis but most people are unlikely to need more than a two or three DVDs for this.

Wow! Amazing piece of kit! This is the "I did not know that I need this because I did not know that something like this existed" kind of stuff I ordered one, It will save me many hours of my life!
Thanks, and Have some heat!

This piece of kit is really unnecessary, you can install operating systems from USB drives. There are some great tools that make it very easy:

Linux - unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
Windows 7 - wudt.codeplex.com/

There are some other tools for older versions of Windows if you look around, these are the only ones hosted on sites I know are 100% trustworthy.

This drive isn't just for ISOs. Windows mounts it as a removable disk too. Put a 1tb hdd hdd there and have loads of storage!

JunkMail

Yes, I can see that it would be useful if you do lots of different … Yes, I can see that it would be useful if you do lots of different installations on a regular basis but most people are unlikely to need more than a two or three DVDs for this.


I have a flash drive that will allow choice of windows 7 install. Plus enough room on it to add a folder with office etc. o.k i would need another couple of drives for linux but they are cheap to buy

"...I have a flash drive that will allow choice of windows 7 install. Plus enough room on it to add a folder with office etc. o.k i would need another couple of drives for linux but they are cheap to buy..."

Good for you.

However, if you need boot/install capability for Windows 98, XP_32, XP_64, 2000, ME, Vista_32, Vista_64, Win7_32, Win7_64, (plus all thse system's relevant Recovery CDs), Barts PE, Hirens, Windows Server etc,

If you need to carry Dell Desktop Recovery DVDs, Toshiba Recovery DVDs, Sony Recovery DVDs to every job

If you need to keep available CDs of Exchange, Backup Exec, SQL, Sharepoint, Project, Visio, Office 2003, 2007, 2010 - Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop et al et al

I'm sure then, like me, you'd appreciate the convenience the Zalman appears to offer.

I have a spare 100Gb laptop HD that will need a eSATA caddy, but if I spend an extra £20 I can get this one that also does the ISOs. Very tempted TBH, as my last portable HD was always in my bag and this would have been very useful. Would have been a godsend back when I was an external techie.

guv

LOL I'm glad you added that.. its the reason Ive bought one|! Plus I'll … LOL I'm glad you added that.. its the reason Ive bought one|! Plus I'll be sticking about 50 ISOs on this..... **** carrying around 50 DVDs or Flash drives!That software you mention is $30 BTW



Actually, it can be used unregistered for free for mounting ISOs (but not for creating ISOs)

This is a great piece of kit for just over £30.

I think everyone in this thread is well aware of the existence of USB sticks andhow to make them bootable, but this takes it to another level of convenience.

HEAT!

ShovelFX

"...I have a flash drive that will allow choice of windows 7 install. … "...I have a flash drive that will allow choice of windows 7 install. Plus enough room on it to add a folder with office etc. o.k i would need another couple of drives for linux but they are cheap to buy..."Good for you. However, if you need boot/install capability for Windows 98, XP_32, XP_64, 2000, ME, Vista_32, Vista_64, Win7_32, Win7_64, (plus all thse system's relevant Recovery CDs), Barts PE, Hirens, Windows Server etc, If you need to carry Dell Desktop Recovery DVDs, Toshiba Recovery DVDs, Sony Recovery DVDs to every jobIf you need to keep available CDs of Exchange, Backup Exec, SQL, Sharepoint, Project, Visio, Office 2003, 2007, 2010 - Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop et al et alI'm sure then, like me, you'd appreciate the convenience the Zalman appears to offer.



Who on earth wants to install win 98 and vista and millenium , Mate good luck to you if you need to install all that. as for the other stuff, just stick it on a hardrive. And if you need all the recovery disks for all laptops/computers then you would need a van to carry it all around. You may convince idiots who know jack s--t but i am not impressed

steviecross

Who on earth wants to install win 98 and vista and millenium , Mate good … Who on earth wants to install win 98 and vista and millenium , Mate good luck to you if you need to install all that. as for the other stuff, just stick it on a hardrive. And if you need all the recovery disks for all laptops/computers then you would need a van to carry it all around. You may convince idiots who know jack s--t but i am not impressed



Maybe someone who wants Windows reinstalling and has a COA sticker for ME? We wouldn't want to break the law, after all...

Guv has got me thinking about how useful a tool this can be. There are other ways of doing what this does, but this is a tidy, effective means. Heated

Koocha

Maybe someone who wants Windows reinstalling and has a COA sticker for … Maybe someone who wants Windows reinstalling and has a COA sticker for ME? We wouldn't want to break the law, after all...

Agree, i would consider one myself but not sure it would be of much use. Not all computers especially old ones as we are talking about when installing windows ME etc would boot from usb surely.

Why does everyone mention ME/98? I'd be using this for Windows 7 / server 2008 / Ubuntu for an OS but mainly for diagnostic disks. Do people still own computers over 10 years old?

tek-monkey

Why does everyone mention ME/98? I'd be using this for Windows 7 / … Why does everyone mention ME/98? I'd be using this for Windows 7 / server 2008 / Ubuntu for an OS but mainly for diagnostic disks. Do people still own computers over 10 years old?

Not sure as i pointed out earlier why would anyone want to now install Me or win 98 now a days. Take into account time and trouble searching for drivers etc. Imagine that you charge a client for formatting his machine, then sticking on windows me on, plus time searching for drivers ect. Plus it would be very slow now a days. My advise would be scrap it and buy a new unit, how much is a windows me pc going to be worth?. Has anyone received this item and is it of use.
Edited by: "steviecross" 10th Mar 2011

Device has just arrived. It's nice and compact, though the display is a tad small - hope it auto-scrolls.
Hopefully, I'll be able to give it a test drive over the weekend.

Anyone received theirs and got any comments, tips or other observations?

These are back in stock @ same price. Not heard of LinITX before, ordered yesterday afternoon, arrived first thing this morning. Seem very efficient.

Thanks to OP and others for highlighting what this does, hadn't heard of these before , but now won't have to carry upteen cd's dvd's around with me, or have loads of coaster or out of date disks, and can make upteen custom install disks quickly, and less wastefully.
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