Alcohol 52% is a program that allows you to emulate CD and DVD drives on your PC hard drive, creating an identical image and achieving the same behavior, but with the advantage of faster access (up to 200 times) Have to dispose of the CDs or DVDs each time they are to be used.
It supports several disc formats: CD-DA, CD+G, CD-ROM, CD-XA, Video CD, Photo CD, Mixed Mode, Multi-session CDs, DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio. It also supports Firewire (IEEE-1394) and USB.
This application allows to mount up to 6 virtual units of CD or DVD-ROM at the same time, and with a speed of reading of 200X, well above the speeds reached with the physical units.
Alcohol 52% is a reduced version of Alcohol 120%, program that also allows the recording of CDs and DVDs (options not included in the first), but whose difference is that one is free and the other is not. Although Alcohol 52% is free (for non-commercial use), it installs a toolbar in the browser that includes searches, radio access and much more.
Alcohol 52% 2.0 (220.127.116.1126) Free Edition is the latest version, released in October 2016, of this software to mount virtual CD drives, which can be downloaded for free.
Works with Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10.