Sunday, September 30, 2007

MagicDisc Causes Microsoft Vista Unbootable

I'm happy that Vista or perhaps XP has a restore point feature to restore your previous known startup stage. I was trying to get an software to play the MDF and MDS image format. It turns out the MagicDisc has a very good review.

MagicDisc is freeware. It is an utility designed for creating and managing virtual CD drives and CD/DVD discs. You know what, after I installed this fellow, it caused my PC unable boot. This fellow crashed my Vista!!! My baby is dead!!! Luckily I still managed to save my baby using the restore point feature from Microsoft. Kudos to the Microsoft this time. Microsoft, thank you...

From now on, I have no longer trust any softwares that are from this site www.magiciso.com. I advise you not to try MagicDisc, it is probably not going to work especially in Vista. You can try your luck but use at your own risks. You can download this MagicDisc here.

I'm still searching for utility to view my MDF and MDS video image format file...

18 Comments:

Shuva said...

I may be a good idea to try new software in VMWare first.

ChampDog said...

If I'm not mistaken VMWare doesn't come with free. If it is not free, I don't think I want pay for you just to try out new software.

Btw, I'm kind of satisfy with the system restore feature in Windows. It doesn't let me down.

Anonymous said...

I've got the same problem...except Vista doesn't offer me any system restore points. I've read that the problem is incompatibility with the Roxio programs that come preinstalled with Vista. But I can't really uninstall either program because Windows won't open. Argh.

ChampDog said...

What doyou mean? Vista does support system restored point. I'm using that to recover from MagicDisc disaster. I assume you said the Roxio that comes together with Dell laptop? I encountered this problem before.

What I did is go to their website to download latest software drivers for Vista compatible.

Hmm... can't even uninstall? That is weird. You mean after uninstall it , your PC can't boot at all? I have no glue.

Anonymous said...

I've got MagicDisc running fine on my desktop and it is a great program, but for some reason when I try to install it on my laptop it gets all messed up. Booting into safe mode and uninstalling it there fixes the problem, but I really wish I could figure out what's wrong because I really like this program.

Anonymous said...

oh, forgot to mention that both my desktop and my laptop are XP pro.

ChampDog said...

Works in Desktop but not in the laptop where both are running with XP? I start worrying about the stability of this tool. In fact, I want to try it again but I'm just lazy. It is kind of waste of time to roll it back if it mess my baby. :)

It looks to me this MagicDisc is hardware dependent. I cannot be sure. I will wait for someone to be a guinea pig first...

Anonymous said...

I tried Magic Disc for XP Prof; It didn't work. Impaired my Laptop & OS took lot of time to load & half of the programs failed to load on startup. Moreover, You can not go & uninstall as there is no start menu & no shortcut keys worked but some how I got uninstalled. Once its uninstalled my system starts running fine without any issues. Can someone tell me for which version of windows it works?

ChampDog said...

Somehow you manage to uninstall? Do you mean you uninstall it by manual? According to the website, it supports both XP and Vista. Maybe you guys can file the support through support@magiciso.com. Let's us know if you have any tips on running this software.

Anonymous said...

MagicDisc works in Vista.
But trying to load a MDF file in MagicDisc will crash the system.
Another negative point is that I could not boot from a bootable iso image by using the emulated disc. With Alcohol120 works well.

ChampDog said...

Thanks for the sharing. I couldn't believe that there are quite number of issues with Vista that haven't been solved yet.

Frustrated said...

NEVER, NEVER EVER install Alchol 120 on Vista!! Believe me. I had to re-install, and then I installed MagicDisk quite easily, then Explorer crashed, safemode hangs, etc, etc. Luckily I got in via LastKnownGoodCnfg, but now MagicDisk gives some error that it cant start up. Anybody know a good Vista Image Disk reader?

ChampDog said...

Thanks for sharing your experience and warn all of us. Sorry, I don't aware of any good Vista Image Disk reader.

Michael said...

I had a scary moment today with MagicDisc on Vista. I attempted to mount a .cue file and all of a sudden the machine locked up. I couldn't reboot so I had to pull the plug on the machine.

The next attempt at rebooting gave me a blank screen, so I attempted a chkdsk on the drive along with using the Vista installation disk to try and repair the problem. Vista found a "BadDriver" error but had no idea how to correct it. Still the machine wouldn't boot.

So for the second time, I used the Vista installation disk. This time it gave me the option to open a command prompt. Since mounting the .cue file was the start of all of my troubles, I used this to rename the .cue file and rebooted - success.

Suffice to say, I've uninstalled MagicDisc, which is a bit of a shame, since it has one of the most intuitive and unimposing interfaces I've ever seen.

ChampDog said...

If I were you, I would try reboot in safe mode and perform the system restore. This is how I usually did. Anyway, I’m glad to know that you’re able to reboot successfully now. Thanks for sharing your experience on this software.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't uninstall magicDisc using Vista's uninstall method, but i was able to uninstall it using the uninstall menu in CCleaner.

XP support said...

Third party software are never trustworthy unless they are from some reputed vendors. So it's your choice to use them or not. Be cautious before using such software.

ChampDog said...

You can run away from that if you're looking for freeware. I think we just need to have mechanism to uninstall the software if it screws up.

E.g. Microsoft restore feature is a very good example to revert all the changes done by the software.


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