Zalman ZM-VE200 Portable Virtual ROM Drive - Silver - £42.33 delivered @ LinITX.com
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Zalman ZM-VE200 Portable Virtual ROM Drive - Silver - £42.33 delivered @ LinITX.com

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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.

88 Comments

You can mount .iso files as virtual drives using any number of free pieces of software (Vitual Clonedrive for example). This leaves this as an expensive hard drive caddy.

profet

You can mount .iso files as virtual drives using any number of free … You can mount .iso files as virtual drives using any number of free pieces of software (Vitual Clonedrive for example). This leaves this as an expensive hard drive caddy.

Except for the fact that you can use this to boot from an .ISO file (e.g. for storing/using Windows/Linux/boot utility images).

I didn't know this type of device existed, if it was around half the price I'd really consider getting one. Combines a portable HD, a portable DVD drive for installation, and Windows/Linux install DVDs into one portable device - plus easy to update, no need to burn new DVDs (e.g. the new Windows 7 SP1 DVD images)
Edited by: "Ashe" 28th Feb 2011


+1
What a pointless piece of hardware.

profet

You can mount .iso files as virtual drives using any number of free … You can mount .iso files as virtual drives using any number of free pieces of software (Vitual Clonedrive for example). This leaves this as an expensive hard drive caddy.

profet

You can mount .iso files as virtual drives using any number of free … You can mount .iso files as virtual drives using any number of free pieces of software (Vitual Clonedrive for example). This leaves this as an expensive hard drive caddy.


Writing said ISO's to CD/DVD would be a lot easier and cheaper. However this is much nerdier, so pretty sure someone just must have it.
Edited by: "jukkie" 28th Feb 2011

profet

You can mount .iso files as virtual drives using any number of free … You can mount .iso files as virtual drives using any number of free pieces of software (Vitual Clonedrive for example). This leaves this as an expensive hard drive caddy.


The key difference with this caddy is that you can boot from the ISO using the caddy (with fitted drive with ISO's on it) as a USB CDROM.
So a great tool if you need to carry around a load of different OS CD's to boot/install, as you can just this one item rather than a load of potentially scratched CD's.
Nice

You can just make a bootable USB stick with more than one operating system on it though. No new functionality really added for the money.

jukkie

Writing said ISO's to CD/DVD would be a lot easier and cheaper. However … Writing said ISO's to CD/DVD would be a lot easier and cheaper. However this is much nerdier, so pretty sure someone just must have it.


If you think burning and storing DVDs, and then having to use a portable DVD drive to install on, say, netbooks, is a "lot easier" than simply copying a file to a directory, you should have a rethink.

I'm not going to buy one at this price, but it looks like quite a handy device. I just spent £20 on a USB powered DVD drive for installing OSes etc, but this is definitely handier.

Dbowen

You can just make a bootable USB stick with more than one operating … You can just make a bootable USB stick with more than one operating system on it though. No new functionality really added for the money.

True, but it's going to be a lot quicker to update this device by just copying over one file.


Edited by: "Ashe" 28th Feb 2011

I'm a nerd and I want one but I don't need one at all with all the other options available.

Choices..

I get what this device is, thanks op good find

Looks rubbish, 40 quid, no ta.

Thanks. I had the black one in basket then changed my mind and went for the silver one.

Waste of money imo, just use any of the programs from pendrivelinux.com and make your usb stick/drive bootable, you can even set it up to boot multiple .iso's

I like the idea of this a lot. Much smaller than a case of CDs / DVDs, much quicker to install than CD /DVD, much more room (potentially) than usb pen. Will be useful for Ubuntu live CD, hiren, back track, windows installers, games DVDs as windows detects it as both mass storage and optical. Voted hot from me!

it makes me laugh the ignorance of the cold posters, just because you cannot understand something or forsee its use doesn't mean it is cold.

Here is the situation this is for:
Burning, carrying, storing and using CDs is a pain these days. As an IT worker, why would I want to deal with all that when this product is insignificant in price compared to my hourly rate?

profet

Writing said ISO's to CD/DVD would be a lot easier and cheaper. However … Writing said ISO's to CD/DVD would be a lot easier and cheaper. However this is much nerdier, so pretty sure someone just must have it.

Dbowen

You can just make a bootable USB stick with more than one operating … You can just make a bootable USB stick with more than one operating system on it though. No new functionality really added for the money.



You quoted me at the start of your post, except that you were actually quoting jukkie replying to me. Careful with this, cause you make it look like I wrote something I didn't!

Is this the same or better than the iodd version?

mikerr

Is this the same or better than the iodd version?



It is the same with minor changes in the assembly, iODD sold the rights to Zalman. I have the iODD and it is fantastic but I am a mobile IT Support Technician. I have bootable pendrives but this is far better as I can have a 500GB HDD and eSATA for large transfers. Now I no longer need to carry around an external ODD or any CD wallets, I always carry a portable HDD so this has just replaced that.

For a normal home user it isn't an essential bit of kit but for a IT professional/user on the move it is brilliant! Also good if you have a netbook although if you watch DVDs an external ODD would be better.

profet

You quoted me at the start of your post, except that you were actually … You quoted me at the start of your post, except that you were actually quoting jukkie replying to me. Careful with this, cause you make it look like I wrote something I didn't!

Apologies, fixed (I hope!). Not a fan of 'nested' quotes

ascen

it makes me laugh the ignorance of the cold posters, just because you … it makes me laugh the ignorance of the cold posters, just because you cannot understand something or forsee its use doesn't mean it is cold. Here is the situation this is for:Burning, carrying, storing and using CDs is a pain these days. As an IT worker, why would I want to deal with all that when this product is insignificant in price compared to my hourly rate?



You ridiculous technosnob. Ever cross your mind that we do understand and also realise that there are many other ways to do the same. Read the thread. COLD

ascen

it makes me laugh the ignorance of the cold posters, just because you … it makes me laugh the ignorance of the cold posters, just because you cannot understand something or forsee its use doesn't mean it is cold. Here is the situation this is for:Burning, carrying, storing and using CDs is a pain these days. As an IT worker, why would I want to deal with all that when this product is insignificant in price compared to my hourly rate?

pot_belly

You ridiculous technosnob. Ever cross your mind that we do understand and … You ridiculous technosnob. Ever cross your mind that we do understand and also realise that there are many other ways to do the same. Read the thread. COLD


Please enlighten me. Another way to have 250GB of ISO file bootable, eSATA and USB connected storage for under £70?
Edited by: "the_fbi" 28th Feb 2011

If you really really need to have a whole load of bootable disks, then this is a great product and will save you a lot of time. My initial comment was suggesting that the majority of people looking at this will not need to boot of iso files, just run them. Those that do need to boot will mostly just do so very occasionally, in which case burning a disk or booting off a USB drive is better suited. This DOES have a niche, its just a very small one.

Everyone happy?

Good.

pot_belly

You ridiculous technosnob. Ever cross your mind that we do understand … You ridiculous technosnob. Ever cross your mind that we do understand and also realise that there are many other ways to do the same. Read the thread. COLD



Read the thread and still disagree - no other solution is as easy, cheap and time saving as this. Your time and effort maybe cheap, mine is not.

As profet points out, this is a niche product and obviously not suitable for you (be it price point or your technical knowledge), which means a cold vote by you represents an ignorant vote rather than one of value given this is for hotukDEALS.com. Punish me by voting cold? - pshaw. HOT.

eSATA makes for a great transfer rate too.
Nice product. Heat from me.

The point some people are missing is that it can be used to do the initial install of windows/linux - I agree its probably a bit redundant when the Operating system is installed but for the initial install it is very handy.

If you install/manage a number of computers/servers then this product is essential IMHO. I have one of the iodd ones - same just not zalman branded and it has become essential for me. No more dodgy scratched media or burnt DVD's that have mysteriously gone bad etc etc.

Any "ONE" can make a comment, if you work in IT you "KNOW" this is useful device.

I suggest you all check out sarducd.it/

It basically lets you download loads of live disks ISOs and burn them to a DVD or a USB device. From there you can select which ISO to boot from like so:

http://www.sarducd.it/images/MenuAvvio.jpg

You can use the software to download various ISOs (linux live, rescue disks etc) but you can also add your own ISOs to it

so I'm not going to vote cold.... but there is free software available to replicate what this device offers to do

clever idea

Maybe I'm just uber nerdy, but I don't have an optical drive on my gaming PC (or any of my Acer Revos for that matter). This would be perfect for rebuilding it instead of having to plug in my external USB CD drive every time I want to reinstall something.

i still dont see what this does that a bootable usb drive does apart from sata support

I bought the iODD - brilliant piece of kit. Has saved me carrying around hundreds of gigs worth of CDs, DVDs and memory sticks and the eSata interface is a big bonus for the modern machines I am having to repair.
It also has a manual write enable/disable switch which is ideal when you need to use it on a malware/virus infected machine.
HOT.

Out of stock?

pot_belly

You ridiculous technosnob. Ever cross your mind that we do understand and … You ridiculous technosnob. Ever cross your mind that we do understand and also realise that there are many other ways to do the same. Read the thread. COLD




Ironically your attempt at being clever only serves to confirm what you're trying to deny. Of course their are many ways to achieve the same objective but OP decided to post this option as one route.

You also clearly misunderstand the point of this site. Instead of voting cold because you don't understand how the product works shouldn't you have given some evidence of where it can be bought cheaper. That is the point of this site after all.

Tip for the "IT professionals" -> If your hourly rate is £100, and this device lets you save half an hour on a job that would normally take 1 hour... You've lost £50!

Looks like a potentially good idea.

Can be had for £32.99 @ QuietPC though

profet

You can mount .iso files as virtual drives using any number of free … You can mount .iso files as virtual drives using any number of free pieces of software (Vitual Clonedrive for example). This leaves this as an expensive hard drive caddy.



Thanks a lot profet, ive been using power iso until now and this looks a lot easier to use. Just doubnle clik an iso and its in the vdrive.

Rating the drive cold cos its expensive. You can get external drive enclosres for £5 if you shop around.

sailo

Out of stock?


geubenrow

Looks like a potentially good idea.Can be had for £32.99 @ QuietPC though



Get the black one instead. Last time I looked they had 28 in stock. linitx.com/vie…992



And

Quietpc are out of stock and add postage. £36.95 is cheaper but irrelevant as they are out of stock
Edited by: "dontasciime" 1st Mar 2011

computerrobot

Rating the drive cold cos its expensive. You can get external drive … Rating the drive cold cos its expensive. You can get external drive enclosres for £5 if you shop around.



It's not a drive enclosure though. That's like rating apples cold because they're not oranges.

mattmerch

i still dont see what this does that a bootable usb drive does apart from … i still dont see what this does that a bootable usb drive does apart from sata support



I've got the IODD version, it contains 320GB of different bootable ISOs for various OS, pretty much the entire contents of an MSDN universal subscription, way in excess of what could be achieved by any of the cold voters with their bootable DVD/memory stick ideas.

If you have or use one, you'd see the value.

mike

marktyson

Tip for the "IT professionals" - If your hourly rate is £100, and this … Tip for the "IT professionals" -> If your hourly rate is £100, and this device lets you save half an hour on a job that would normally take 1 hour... You've lost £50!



Stupid comment and flawed logic imho!!
If your a half decent IT Pro then you will have more work than you can physically do.
Using your example you would simply charge the customer £75 for the job that others would charge £100 for, customer is happy as his saving money + getting job sorted quicker, your happy as you are getting more money for less work and a greater chance of repeat work and recommendation from happy as larry customer!!

QuackingPlums

It's not a drive enclosure though. That's like rating apples cold because … It's not a drive enclosure though. That's like rating apples cold because they're not oranges.



Sorry I stupidly voted too soon without fully understanding it. It actually looks like its very useful if you can boot from selected isos by just flicking a switch.

Can I change to hot? Im new on these forums forgive me please.

computerrobot

Sorry I stupidly voted too soon without fully understanding it. It … Sorry I stupidly voted too soon without fully understanding it. It actually looks like its very useful if you can boot from selected isos by just flicking a switch. Can I change to hot? Im new on these forums forgive me please.



Nah, don't sweat it. It'll even out in the end I'm sure. I voted hot although I'm not convinced it won't be cheaper once more stock hits the usual suppliers. As it stands, I can't find a cheaper deal but in a way you're still right - it's quite expensive!
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