I always copy the CDs to a network mount and install from there.
Ton (caching the Drivers would take up to 2 GB for daqmx only)
Make a CD image off the two CDs, and save them to your hard disk. Then you can mount them with a free tool. I like this one best. http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html But there are others. Select the CD tool you like best. And check if labview accept the mounted image first.
Almost forgot this link http://forums.lavag.org/Creating-Installer-without-DVDs-LV-86-t11767.html
there are two workarounds for this issue (http://digital.ni.com/public.nsf/allkb/842DC4802B0A33AD862572E200592DAB?OpenDocument😞
"1. Leave the default paths for any additional installers you want to include. When you build the project installer, you will be prompted to browse to the new location of the additional installer. Select it here, and the installer will be successfully added to the project installer. With this method, you will have to provide the additional installer locations every time you build your project installer.
2. The second option is a bit more work, but if you plan on building several project installers, you will not be prompted to select the location of your additional installers each time. For each additional installer you might want to include (e.g. DAQmx, NI-VISA, etc.), copy the contents of the corresponding driver CD to a folder on your hard drive, then reinstall the drivers from that folder. This will reset the default location of the installer to the folder on your hard drive, and the installer build process will use that location."
For further information you can also take a look at the following KB:
Thank you all for answers and suggestions. But for all that I would suggest NI to offer the possibility as option to cache device drivers too. It would be a nice feature in the next version of LabVIEW.
that would be a nice feature. Please submit a product suggestion, the more people the more likely it will be implemented.