Ticket #3266 (closed enhancement: fixed)
Virtual CD/DVD Writing Ability
|Reported by:||kookyman||Owned by:|
|Version:||VirtualBox 2.1.2||Keywords:||CD, CD-R, DVD-R, Image, Writer.|
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.