Yes, you can create ISO images of folders, CDs, DVDs using ImgBurn, unless they are copy protected. Those ISO images can be stored on your hard drive or on flash drives or even SD cards. You can mount the images in Windows and they act just like the original CD, DVD, etc.
But, I must ask, what kind of software do you have on all those CDs and DVDs and how old is it?Is there enough time in the world to deal with all that? Maybe it's just time to invest in some new software with the same or more/better capabilities that will install on your system.
I'm just sayin' ...
To reduce physical space, is it advisable or a mistake or impossible to convert software programs contained on CDs to a flash drive? I have accumulated approximately 250 CDs and DVDs in large toolboxes and this could be reduced to a few thumb drives. One reason I'm asking though, I have several programs that will not run unless the CD is inserted in the PC's CD drive, as they did not ever allow for an installation onto any hard drive. If I copied the CD contents to a flash drive, will I have to insert the flash drive every time to run the program or will it not run at all? By the same token, if such a program were contained on a flash drive containing other adjacent programs, will everything on that flash drive refuse to run in the future? I only have one experience with this 20 years ago and moving contents of a software program and its files and installers from its original CD to an external hard drive resulted in not only a refusal to install but an error message saying, "Insert CD to install program," "Insert CD to run program," "Insert CD to access program." When is a CD as a storage device not a storage device? When a manufacturer has installed something on the CD that forces an installer to look for a CD to install from? Am I stuck lugging these toolboxes of CDs around the remainder of my life? Or is there an alternative solution to this? Thank you.
--Submitted by Charles V.