Virtual Drives

Basic Info Creating Virtual Drives Deleting Virtual Drives Registering Existing Virtual Drives Burning Virtual Drives To CD-R

You can make Virtual Drives with Translator. Virtual Drives are really large files you create on your PC's hard drive using Translator, but within Translator they appear as SCSI-ATAPI Drives formatted with whatever proprietary format you want (Akai, Roland, Ensoniq, Emu, other).

Virtual Drives are usually used to compile, say, an Emu disk, and then burn it onto a CD-ROM for direct use with your Emu sampler. However, there are many other applications for the feature, such as backup, easier access, and more.

Akai and Roland formats have a natural limit of 511 and 600mb respectively, so they fit on a CD fine and pose no problem to computer capability. However, other formats are able to be quite large - Emu drives, for example, can get up to 18gigs.

This wouldn't be a problem except that Windows 98/ME does not support a single file size of larger than 4gig.

Translator solves this problem by splitting Virtual Drives at a pre-set mark, so you can have a series of files called (for example) MyEmuDrive.img, then MyEmuDrive.img2, then MyEmuDrive.img3, and so on. Translator reads and writes these files transparently as if they were one file. (They need to be in the same folder, though.)

Windows XP/2K/NT and all Macintosh operating system supported by Translator do not have this issue, but you still amy use split Virtual Drives if you'd like.