Brought to you by Norton Symantec
Farstone Technology VirtualDrive Network 3.1
- Straightforward interface, easy-to-use
- Poor manual
A straightforward interface and simple operation helped make this network CD-ROM drive, a winner for environments where many users need to access CD data.
Price$ None (AUD)
FarStone VirtualDrive Network is designed to run on a server machine and offer virtual CD-ROM drives to an entire network. The software supports up to 1000 virtual drives, so you can store an enormous quantity of data - and make it available to network users. The application would be extremely useful in an educational or technical work environment, where users need access to learning materials, or even reference documents or file libraries. For example, a programming house would be able to store all its reference documentation and code libraries for easy access, and it allows network administrators to use CD-ROMs killing for archiving, and make data available on hard disks instead.
The interface is extremely straightforward and employs just a few icons during operation. Administrators are able to create virtual CDs (VCDs) directly from optical discs and then manage them through a centralised maintenance screen. Volumes can be arranged into groups, and then shared across the network. The performance is impressive, and the drives can achieve a 200x data read speed - which is even potentially handy for gamers looking to reduce lag and loading time. Unfortunately, it doesn't work with all types of disc, and copy-protected CD-ROMs (as favoured by many game publishers) failed to load correctly during testing. This is bearable, though, especially given that the application is clearly designed to be used in a server-client environment. There are plenty of desktop alternatives available, including the gamer-friendly Daemon Tools.
FarStone Virtual Drive Network supports both Novell and Windows server environments and is a straightforward, simple application to help control business CD-ROMs. It installs a new virtual CD-ROM icon in the control panel, and Windows recognises the virtual drive as a real CD-ROM drive.
The only negative point is the relatively poor packaging, evidenced by the fact that FarStone only includes a printed manual in Chinese. An English version can be found on the installation CD-ROM, but the English is a little hard to follow at times. For example, a chapter listing the possible benefits for schools includes, "no need to install CD drive on clients. Students will not install their own CD titles to take up space of your system. Save money and save the earth."
What's more, the entire application is less than 9MB, so it almost seems a waste to ship it on CD-ROM. That said, if you work in an environment that demands access to countless CD-ROMs for reference material, FarStone VirtualDrive Network is a useful, stable and effective application.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei P20 Pro review: See it and believe the hype
- 2 Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.
- 3 Samsung Q9F Series QLED: Peak performance from a home entertainment heavyweight
- 4 Fitbit Versa review: New look, better price, same limits
- 5 Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 review: Smaller form-factor, higher performance
Latest News Articles
- WWDC 2018: Apple gives us a first look at an all-new Mac App Store
- Budget 2018: Government seeks to boost Australian AI capabilities
- Dropbox Rolls Out New AdminX Tools for Data Management
- JBL take smart speakers back to the living room Link 300
- Sonos say Aussie Alexa support for One smart speaker won't arrive until Autumn 2018
PCW Evaluation Team
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
- Huawei P20 Pro review: See it and believe the hype
- Computex 2018: Nvidia launches new AI-focused hardware and software platforms
- Computex 2018: Everything you missed at Asia's biggest tech tradeshow
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?