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StarPort Professional + Grab&Burn package Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — StarPort Professional + Grab&Burn package

Today's package includes both StarPort Professional which will allow you to create vitrual CD/DVD drives and connect to remote storages and Grab&Brun (free CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD tool) .
User rating: 437 (93%) 32 (7%) 114 comments

StarPort Professional + Grab&Burn package was available as a giveaway on February 19, 2007!

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StarPort creates a virtual DVD-ROM drive locally to watch movies in a home theatre and fully implements iSCSI and ATA-over-Ethernet client side protocols enabling you to connect to remote storage appliances such as disk arrays, tape drives, DVD-ROM image libraries and so on.

Today’s package includes both StarPort Professional and Grab&Burn (free CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD recording/grabbing tool). Grab&Burn supports all types of optical storage media (including CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, BD-R/RE, HD-DVD-R/RW and DVD-RAM) and supports a wide variety of CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD burning hardware.

System Requirements:

StarPort is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista/Longhorn and tested for compatibility with a wide range of hardware and software iSCSI target implementations from the leading vendors.


StarBurn Software Ltd



File Size:

8.61 MB



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1) I installed and registered this software. Now when I open it I get "configuration error #1434" and other unwelcome messages like "your license does not allow you to add new devices", same as 117 mizzerd. Is this the full package or just a cut-down version to torment gotd customers?
2) Note to GOTD: Firefox users cannot submit any rating and must always give a thumbs up. Please address this. I note that this problem is also covered in the forum.

Reply   |   Comment by Hugh  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I installed yesterday. Everything looked great. It registered fine.

Today I opened starport and it says "your license does not allow you to add new devices!" What good IS this if I can't add a device???!!!

The registration info shows:
Name: GiveAwayOfTheDay
Organization: GiveAwayOfTheDay.Com
License ID: 3040 [ Professional ]


Reply   |   Comment by mizzerd  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank you #7. I had the same problem as #3 showing that I had only a trial version. I just now followed your instructions exactly and I got it registered with no problems (i.e. thought I might have trouble since the giveaway was from yesterday).

Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Irish1952  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To #98 - some disc security/copy protection methods can cause this sort of problem, your disc could be damaged, or your drive is playing up.

Reply   |   Comment by Flirkann  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Late contribution (but I wanted to familiarise myself with this software first).

Of all the comments made in this thread, some of the most helpful came from Barry -- and in particular, his question about the need to purchase the developer's StarWind program in order for everything to work to full advantage.

Barry asked this question twice here and on neither occasion was an answer provided.

I do think, in all fairness, that if a piece of software does need to interlock with another piece of software in order for its usefulness to be maximised, then that really ought to be made crystal clear from the outset.

So. . . Barry's (and mine) question remains:

Is this developer's paid-for StarWind a necessary complement to StarPort -- or will StarPort fulfil all the promises made for it without StarWind????????

Reply   |   Comment by richard  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have tried to register it but it keeps telling me that the licence string is not valid. Please help. And I get the same response from TWEAK.

Reply   |   Comment by Johanne Rousseau  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

awesome job guyz....i've been waiting for such a tool since a long time...i hope this product does not roll back to trial version once i upgrade it in future...

Reply   |   Comment by Kunal  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

for those who dont know how to install or register or what ever then you might as well delete this file... my 8yr old son installed this prog in my PC, why cant you? Unless you cant understand simple english.. lol

Reply   |   Comment by BNSY  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It seems to me that the offering of this application, without further information, was not a wise idea. It is strange that, with all the comments seeking to figure out what the program does, neither the Give Away site admins or the program creators have intervened with a lucid explanation. When the purpose of a program is not obvious or clear from the blip that appears on the Give Away site, then Give Away ought to point to a place where the information can be obtained. In this case, even the Rocket Division Software site seems to assume that the only people who will come to the site are people with expertise that require no explanation.

For what it is worth, here is an article that appeared in the July 2005 online issue of Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine (http://mcpmag.com/columns/article.asp?EditorialsID=1033).

iSCSI on the Cheap online only

Want to learn how to work with iSCSI storage devices? Here's how to build a lab with almost no budget.

by Chris Wolf
July 2005

Chris: I've been looking to build and test iSCSI storage, and would like to configure an iSCSI cluster, but have a very limited budget. Do you have any suggestions?
— Harley

Harley: Internet SCSI (iSCSI) is a storage networking protocol that has definitely gained momentum in recent years. However, most companies that have any iSCSI equipment use it exclusively in production. This leaves little opportunity for cross-training or self-study. My first choice when faced with a budget shortfall is scratch-off lottery tickets. When that tactic inevitably fails, it's time to get creative.

With simple iSCSI testing, I have had a lot of success with the products from Rocket Division Software. At the company Web site, you can download a 15-day shareware version of their StarWind iSCSI target software that allows a server to share disks via iSCSI. The clients would need to run iSCSI initiator software to connect to the iSCSI target. Rocket Division also offers a shareware version of their StarPort iSCSI initiator, but I've also had luck with Microsoft's free iSCSI Initiator 2.0.

Just to summarize some of the basic principles of iSCSI, iSCSI is a protocol that allows systems to pass SCSI commands over IP. An iSCSI target is a device that hosts storage devices on an iSCSI storage network. Systems that need to access shared storage resources on the iSCSI target need to run iSCSI Initiator software.

While theoretically you could pass iSCSI commands over a shared LAN, iSCSI is most efficient on a dedicated network segment that offers at least 1Gbps of bandwidth. If you're trying some simple testing, a 100Mbps LAN will be adequate. For iSCSI test configurations, I prefer to install two NICs in each server. This way one NIC can be dedicated for data transmissions over the iSCSI storage network.

If you plan to test clustering, any disks that you share on the iSCSI target system should be SCSI disks. I've found that while the iSCSI target and clients may successfully share the disks, during the first cluster failover you'll get disk errors. If you don't have any SCSI disks available, an alternative is to set up a Microsoft Virtual Server or a VMware virtual machine with virtual SCSI disks.

As a basic cluster setup, you could configure one system as the iSCSI target that hosts the shared disks. Then set up two systems to act as the cluster nodes. Since the Microsoft Cluster Service requires Active Directory, you could also set up the iSCSI target system as a domain controller.

After installing the StarWind software on the iSCSI target, open up the "StarWind GUI Help" file in the installation directory. In the "How To" section of the help file, follow the procedures in the following sections to bring the iSCSI target online: "Connect to a Server," "Add Connection," "Share SPTI Device," and "Create Access Permissions." This will provide guidance on how to bring the target software online and then to configure shared disks.

By default, StarWind only allows one iSCSI client to access a shared disk at a time. For clustering, you'll need to configure disk sharing, which is done by editing the starwind.conf file in the StarWind installation folder. To edit the file, first stop the StarWind iSCSI Service. Then open the starwind.conf file in Notepad. Each shared disk will have a line similar to "\\.\PhysicalDrive1" "Cluster1". In my example, Cluster1 was the label assigned to the shared disk once it was configured. To enable sharing, add the following to each shared disk definition:

-share:"rw" -sessions:2

So my PhysicalDrive1 reference in the starwind.conf file would look like:

"\\.\PhysicalDrive1" "Cluster1" -share:"rw" -sessions:2

Once you have the target setup, you then need to install the iSCSI initiator software, such as StarPort on each cluster node. The "How to" section of the StarPort online help provides some pretty simple guidance for configuring the iSCSI initiator. Once each cluster node can see the shared iSCSI disks, you're ready to install and configure the cluster service.

While this software-based iSCSI solution may not make you an all-out storage networking guru, it will at the very least allow you to get your feet wet with iSCSI. Also, for setting up inexpensive cluster testing and training labs, this iSCSI software will let you do so without having to purchase additional hardware. If you have a Linux box handy, you may also want to check out the iSCSI Enterprise Target Project on Sourceforge.net.

I hope this helps. If you run into any snags while setting up the iSCSI software, feel free to shoot me an e-mail. end article

Chris Wolf, MCSE, MCT, CCNA, is a Microsoft MVP for Windows Server-File System/Storage. He's also a senior analyst for Burton Group, specializing in virtualization solutions, high availability, enterprise storage and network infrastructure management. Chris is the author of Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise (Apress), Troubleshooting Microsoft Technologies (Addison Wesley) and a contributor to the Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit (Microsoft Press). You can contact Chris about "iSCSI on the Cheap" at chris@chriswolf.com.

Reply   |   Comment by HJB  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks, WhiteRabbit. I got it without the instructions. Clicking on the "help" icon doesn't work, but clicking on the "help" which is on the line with "file", etc. does. That's the key. We needed some directions for some of the others, because I don't think I got Crystal Player registered properly. I will need to try this out tomorrow.

Reply   |   Comment by William  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks a lot, Barry (post #99)!

Reply   |   Comment by zipzap  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Awsome offer guys!

Reply   |   Comment by BC  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed Starport and Grabandburn - Grabandburn would not recognize dvd drive and thereafter xp would not recognize dvd drive until I manually removed Starport and Grabandburn.
Do you have a solution?

Reply   |   Comment by Ed Rowlands  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

blast only thing wrong with this program is i missed out forgot to check the site today well let this be a leason to all make sure you check this place early or you loose out.

Reply   |   Comment by novaflare  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I would like to thank Bolon for his help, comment #94

Reply   |   Comment by  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I keep getting this on the registration . I have tried putting spk in the license box and 3040 in the registration box and all I get is invalid string. I dont get it. Please help

Reply   |   Comment by Lori  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#15 (lubomax) - The only thing I can find on that subject is a 2004 article titled Grab & Burn Will Be Distributed As An AdWare. Given it's date and age, and how few other results I got, I'm not sure how valid it is at this date.
However, I still suggest that everyone at least run their anti-spyware tools (as you should regularly anyway, but still) - if you don't have any, I suggest both Ad-Aware and Spybot Search & Destroy.

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#57 - I cannot open the Grab&Burn - it says that it is missing the dll file
“MSVCP71.dll” -

Find the file the internet and pastes it in the Grab&Burn program folder. After that if another Dll is missing then keep following the same till all the files are complete.

Reply   |   Comment by T Patel  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

yay a virtual Dvd thing

thank you very much gaotd team

Reply   |   Comment by Aj  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Ok, Zipzap, sorry, I will try to explain a little better. Say you have a large amount of buisiness files , milllions of pictures, hundreds or thousands of movies, a data base or what have you, in your computer. You can use this program to store these large collection of files, more than likely for a fee, in another computer or server, probably a whole room or building full of them, with a very large storage capacity, by uploading them to the Internet, that is why you need a real good internet hook up or the uploading would take for ever. Then if you want to use all these files or just part of them you can retrieve them to download back into your computer, or if you have given permision, to any other computer in the world, as long as they were hooked up too the internet and have the propper high speed conection, I imagine for another fee. These files are incripted, so they are safe to upload and download and nobody else can read them.
Reading at Rocket Division's site, and they realy do not make it very clear, I think you need to have another program, StarWind, to be able to put this all together, this program, unfortunatly, is not free. Please correct me if I am wrong about that.
I suppose Zipzap if you upload your files to Internet, and trust them with all your important files you could do that, and delete them off your computer to make some space on your hard drive. Better yet, you could buy a external hard drive, they come in all sizes, they are getting cheaper all the time and are very simple to use, and keep all those important files of yours, right at home.
Good luck,

Reply   |   Comment by Barry  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi guys and gals,
I have been trying to "grab" the cd data and use the emulator. It is a game and i would like to play without the cd. When the program starts to grab it errors out with every part it tries to grab. Any ideas?

Reply   |   Comment by Nick  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

what is this software for i am dumb

Reply   |   Comment by CHRISTINA HAAS  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Dear Mr. RipRap,

I only asked the question because I was hoping for some helpful input from an adult. Children your age are probably better off adhering to the old adage about better seen and not heard.

I downloaded the product because it appeared to have some useful features and I always enjoy tinkering with new software. This opportunity was free for me except for the almost full minute that it took me to install it. It’s pretty sad that I have to explain that to you.

As far as buying stuff that I don't need, I do it all the time. The thing is, even though I don't need it, I still want it. There is a distinction, though it may require a little thinking on your part to discern the difference.

So RipRap, thanks for nothing. In the future why don’t you stop wasting space on this web site with your pointless myopic opinions and start trying to help others with something a little more constructive. That’s what everyone else is doing. It’s all about growing up and becoming a respectful adult. If that is too much for you to handle, then perhaps you should just go back to your video games or whatever it is you do in your spare time and leave this forum for the grown-ups.

Reply   |   Comment by C Miller  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#84 i was also missing 2 dll files,i searched them on google,found them,installed them(to windows\system) and it worked fine after.

Reply   |   Comment by bolon  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I am also confused as to what this program accomplishes.....

Reply   |   Comment by Tyler  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#74 Well Bagel... I read what you wrote and I thought that can't be. Well on one machine nothing like you said happened. But another machine it loaded from the startup folder after a reboot and it was in a trial version. Uninstalled and reinstalled (I used the setup from the Temp folder this time). I also removed StarPort from the StartUp folder with MSCONFIG. Rebooted and everything worked fine. Although I have to start it manually, which I want to do right now anyway. So try one or the other or both. It worked for me.

Reply   |   Comment by BillW50  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Getting error Activation module failed to connect to giveawayofthefay.com. Also when it gets past this it goes to activiting and goes not further.
Any suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by D. Thomas  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

When I "grab and burn" the file it creates is not a reconized file. What happened?

Reply   |   Comment by  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks DeeJay your instuctions worked first time

Reply   |   Comment by Robmcq  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Can someone please explain to a non-techie like me what we can use this for?

Post #77 tried, but I still don't get it.

Can I store files on the virtual drive I create? I mean, my laptop has an 80 Gig hard drive, but it's almost full. Will I be able to move some files to the virtual drive?

Reply   |   Comment by zipzap  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

can someone explain in layman's terms what this software does or what i can do with it? i read the description but i don't understand geek.

Reply   |   Comment by kyle  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Grab & Burn is freeware anyway, it's only the StarPort Pro that seems to be the $125 software. Thanks GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Cannot register.
Progz say, Invalid register code...

Reply   |   Comment by Sanz  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I had no problem with Starport,and it looks great, but Grab and Burn keeps giving me a missing dll message and won't start.I have tried uninstalling, reinstalling, restarting,no help. Any ideas? Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by missyr  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks GAOTD and Rocket!!! What a great deal. I am glad I found this sight and I have passed it on. Special thanks to "White Rabbit" for the detailed registration process. I have had self imposed I D 10 T issues in the past and I cruised right through the setup with your help. Patience and thoughtfulness are virtues that should be practiced by all. You are more likely to get help when being polite than rude. (now I have opened myself up for abuse. snicker)

Thanks again everyone involved.


Reply   |   Comment by SilverDragon  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks! The published retail value is questionable, nonetheless the package offers some great features. 5* for offering a software that is actually worth installing.

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

PS to that last post, what exactly is "StarPort" ? looks like a drive install, do I need that, Window installs ports as I install hardware.

Reply   |   Comment by  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


Thanks for such free gift. Keep up good job. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Jul  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have one DVD drive, and one CD drive. Grab and burn will not let me select my DVD drive as source (copy), and burn drive. Nero that I've used in the past will burn it using my DVD drive, place in a temp. file and after ejecting the original DVD prompt me to insert a blank into the same DVD drive. Grab and burn only directs me to my CD drive as we all know will not recognize or burn a DVD. What can I do about this?

Reply   |   Comment by  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


This doesn't do anything to help me. Someone tell me what this does?

Reply   |   Comment by Smelly Balls  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For people who do not know what Starport dose go to Rocket Divisions home page: http://www.rocketdivision.com/... , read the article on it, and if you still do not know what it does you probably do not need it or will ever use it.
Basicly what the program does is sets up a server for transfering of data, up to and over 2TB, a huge ammount of information. This is done so people in remote locations, whether they are on a computer in the same building or accross the world can share this data and either, store, copy or work on it. But to make this all work properly, correct me if I am wrong, you will need another program: StarWind, also made by Rocket Division for either $395.00 or $995.00.
If you have a built in DVD player in your system why would you need a virtual one?
Thanks again,

Reply   |   Comment by Barry  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hmm... awfully like virtual daemon. it even removed my vd drive to make its own....

Reply   |   Comment by Macha8  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It is still telling me invalid licence code after i do all you all have said. HELP

Reply   |   Comment by Lori  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installs easy enough, but there's a problem with the license code they issued. Once you register the software, upon reboot an error msg is displayed, indicating there's another copy of the software already in use on the network (even if it is not on your local net, it must be picking it up from home base) The proggie will launch, but you can't do much with it. Trying to, say, add a RAM disk or device, you get the error msg "Your license does not allow you to add new devices!" So, in short, great program, but TERRIBLE launch planning for the licensing. One way around this problem is to uninstall, then install but do not register. In 15 day demo mode, it works fine, you can create new devices, etc. So do ALL of your testing/configuring in demo mode (create LOTS of ramdisks of varying size, don't mount automatically, so you can change to the ramdisk of appropriate size (and mount) later), THEN add license code, you will still be able to use it, but will not be able to add/change any features

Reply   |   Comment by Bagel  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

sorry for my frensh,i hear complainig like i cant install,register.
reed the text end think logic,
i'm a noob end i did it like in 60 sec.
good luck to all

Reply   |   Comment by u.w.t  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Wow! If this doesn't generate some buzz to get hordes coming to your site, nothing will! When I downloaded, it took a while. Probably an indicator that the hordes are already marching in your direction today.

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck Lambert  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Wooooooooooooooooooooh what a software.

Reply   |   Comment by Sohail  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Wow..................Just what I was looking for.Awesome dude,liked the software.Cheers....And GOD BLESS...............

Reply   |   Comment by Prithviraj  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have done everything I should and the license code says that it is invalid.

Reply   |   Comment by Anne-Marie  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I cant install this! It seems to get hung up on the activating when I start the "starportsetup.exe" CAN ANYONE HELP???????

Reply   |   Comment by jim  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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