View Full Version : [ubuntu] Disk reader not reading

January 3rd, 2009, 09:29 AM
I have VirtualBox running XP. I happen to have an "Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003" disk with the serial and everything. My virtual Machine (even though it's mounting using host cd drive) wont read the disk when I insert the disk.

How can I get it working?

January 3rd, 2009, 09:36 AM
I've only used disk images with VirtualBox. What I would do if I had your problem would be to create a disk image and then mount that.

dd if=/dev/scd0 of=~/Desktop/office.iso

January 3rd, 2009, 09:53 AM
is it really legal to take an Image file from the disk?

January 3rd, 2009, 10:10 AM
Well... you're paying for the software license. If you already have a license, it shouldn't be a problem. I don't think it's illegal to download a movie if you already have paid for a license but destroyed the disk.

January 3rd, 2009, 11:12 AM
is it really legal to take an Image file from the disk?

Depends. In the UK it's legal to make one backup copy of any software you own, and an image is a form of backup. This kind of thing varies a lot depending on where you are, though.