WARNING: This program is intended for the purpose of saving your original CDs and removing the inconvenience of constantly inserting the CD into the drive. It is not intended for running a virtual copy of a CD which does not belong to you.

This procedure is based on Windows 98se. There may be slight differences with other Windows versions.

  1. Download the OCDE installer from the utilities page.

  2. Run the installer file and proceed through the installation of the program

  3. You will be required to restart your computer after installation is complete.


  5. Click the TRIAL button

  6. Insert the CD you want to emulate into the CD-ROM drive

  7. Select CREATE IMAGE under the FILE menu

  8. Select the drive containing the CD

  9. Browse to where you want your CD “image file” to be stored on your hard drive and enter a name for the file (e.g ARMADA.OCD)

  10. Click NEXT STEP

  11. The whole CD will now be read and stored on your hard drive.  (This will take around 10 minutes, depending on your drive speeds)

  12. Select ADD FILE from the FILE menu

  13. Browse to where the image file was stored and click on it, then click OPEN

  14. Click the drive icon at the top of the window (this is your virtual CD-ROM drive)

  15. Right-click on the image file on the window and click INSERT CD

  16. Select CHANGE DRIVE LETTER from the EDIT menu

  17. Click the plus (+) next to CDROM

  18. Click on ZTEKWARE OCDE and click PROPERTIES

  19. Click the SETTINGS tab

  20. Make sure the START DRIVE LETTER is the next letter up from your normal CD-ROM drive letters (for example, if your CD-ROM is drive E and your CD writer is drive F, your virtual drive should be drive G). If this is not the case, change the START DRIVE LETTER, then click OK until you are asked to restart

  21. You should now be able to put your CD away as it will now appear on its own drive every time you start up.

Note 1:
If you want, you can create several virtual drives and have a different CD image on each one. The number of virtual drives can be changed at the top-right of the window. A restart is required for this change to take effect. Remember to keep the drive letters sequential.

Note 2
There is a time-limit in this shareware version, but the limit only applies to making setup changes and not to the actual running of virtual drives, so if you set up your CD images, they will continue to work after the time limit, and you can simply reinstall the program if you wish to make changes.

Note 3:
This program has been checked on Star Trek: Armada, Star Trek: Armada II and Deus Ex. Correct operation with other games cannot be guaranteed. Deus Ex requires the deusex.ini file to be altered to point to the virtual drive. If you own both Star Trek: Armada and Star Trek: Armada II or Bridge Commander (and possibly some others), you will only need to create a virtual drive for any one of these games to allow all the games to run without the CD.