Ticket #3266 (closed enhancement: fixed)

Opened 9 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

Virtual CD/DVD Writing Ability

Reported by: kookyman Owned by:
Priority: major Component: DVD
Version: VirtualBox 2.1.2 Keywords: CD, CD-R, DVD-R, Image, Writer.
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other

Description (last modified by frank) (diff)

Currently, VirtualBox can read iso files however the ability to write them (by emulating a CD/DVD writer) would be something that is unique as far as Virtual Machines are concerned. In fact, it seems to be incredibly hard to find software to do at the moment, especially open source software.

From a menu perspective, you would "Mount a Blank _", with _ being CD, DVD, DVD-DL, BluRay, or any other optical disk. The virtual machine would then emulate a blank disk being in the drive, and handle all writing features and just write them to the hard disk in any format that is convenient in an interim file. When the disk is ejected, or writing is complete, VirtualBox could either save the file under a pre-planned automatic name (Such as <VirtualMachineName>-<DateOfCreation>) and store it in the Virtual Media Manager for future VM use, or export the disk to an iso (if it wasn't written to one originally).

From here, you would have a standard ISO file that could be either burned from the host to a disk, stored for future use, or used by other Virtual Machines.

This would be useful for those programs that don't write their own ISOs but instead require writing to disk directly.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by frank

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Description modified (diff)

Writing is partly supported if you passthrough the CD/DVD drive to the guest.

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