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Zalman "virtual .ISO" HDD case $43 at Newegg


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I've been using these at work for the past 3 months and I'm in love!

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Zalman ZM-VE200

http://http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817379025

You put any 2.5 SATA notebook drive in there, format as NTFS. Then create a root folder "_ISO", then transfer all your bootable .iso files (win7, XP, SpinRite, Acronis, whatever...).

Then here's the cool part.

You plug the drive into the target machine via USB or E-SATA, then select the desired .iso file from the built-in screen on the case...the target machine then boots from that .iso!

 

It's freakin' amazing!

 

I don't need to carry around a wallet of CD/DVDs or a bag of USB sticks anymore!

 

There's also this one but I haven't used it.

 

Zalman ZM-VE300 (adds one-touch backup)

http://http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817379027

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Thanks for this; it looks very interesting. I'm doing the same idea using USB flash drives and Y.U.M.I. but it doesn't work with every ISO. Although this is perhaps a little on the large size compared to a USB flash drive, the convenience of always being able to boot an ISO is very tempting.

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I heard Dave talking on the podcast about the tech with the bag of USB keys and wallet of discs (I was that guy too) and thought I'd share.

I've got about 20 .iso files on mine plus my DriverPacks deployment folder and all the diagnostic utilities I need.

I can't imagine not having this in my bag o tricks.

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With a large enough USB stick, you can do the same thing and incorporate Hirens Boot CD.

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How much storage does it have. I didn't see anything listing the space or if you have to add your own drive.

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How much storage does it have. I didn't see anything listing the space or if you have to add your own drive.

You add your own drive. I had a spare 500GB drive and used that. True, it's not as fast as some USB sticks but the volume of crap I can put on there more than makes up for it.

 

It's expensive if all you're going to use it for is an external case. The bootable .iso function makes it worth every penny.

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With a large enough USB stick, you can do the same thing and incorporate Hirens Boot CD.

 

I have had issues trying to do this with USB flash drives. Most ISOs will work, but not all. I have tried several multiboot managers. So far Y.U.M.I. is the best, but it's not perfect. If you know of a multiboot USB flash drive manager that can handle anything, please post a link; I would love to know about it.

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