The main disadvantage of optical discs is that they can easily get damaged due to scratches or extensive usage. This leads to the loss of important data stored on those discs. Of course, there are many programs that are able to recover data from damaged optical discs, but their success rate isn't always promising.
Another solution to this kind of problems comes from applications that prevent them from occurring in the first place. They are able to create virtual copies of your CD/DVD discs, which you can store on your hard drive. One of the best applications of this type is VirtualDrive Pro.
It is actually a collection of tools gathered under an intuitive interface that will allow users to create VCD file by using content stored on CDs, DVDs, and even Blu-Ray discs. Gamers will love this program as it is able to emulate up to 23 virtual CD drives, allowing them to play games directly from their hard drive without the need of the original CD.
Although, the main purpose of VirtualDrive Pro is to create virtual CD files and emulate virtual drives, the program also comes with burning features. Therefore, it can be efficiently used like any other burning software. Even more, VirtualDrive Pro also includes a tool that will enable users to convert VCD files to more popular ISO images. Though, I should mention that during my testing I wasn't able to get this tool working.
By using VirtualDrive Pro, your CD/DVD discs will remain undamaged while you will have access to their contents directly from your hard drive in a faster way.