I have a large number of CDs and DVDs, some freeware, but also commercial software for which I own a license. The total size of these is > 150 GB, so I don't have a USB stick (yet) for carrying them all with me. Even if I had such a USB stick, I'll probably just don't have it with me when I need it.
On the other hand side, I have a huge hard disk in my web server where I could store such ISOs and they are accessible via HTTP.
Now I'm looking for a tool
- for Windows
- that can mount ISO files (CD and DVD) on the client
- via HTTP (that's what the server supports)
- and does not download the whole ISO in advance but downloads only those parts which are needed/accessed by the client
I prefer free software, but I'd even spend 30 € for such an application.
I'm not so sure, but it seems HTTPFS could do it on Linux.
I have tried HttpDisk, but it's too complex to install. It needs enabling Windows driver testing, disabling integrity checks etc., thus exposing security risks. I've tried all that in a virtual machine, but it failed on Windows 7 x64 with a
System error 127 - the prodecure could not be found.
As suggested in the comments, I have tried
- WinCDEmu Portable, which can open ISO files from a HTTP server if you copy/paste the full URL into the file open dialog. Unfortunately this downloads the whole ISO in advance, so it does not fit my needs.