Yeah, I believe that, in general, DVD drives have more problems reading damaged disks than do regular CD drives or Burners. So, if you have both types (like me), you can use the DVD drive to read and you should not have problems in most cases. If the disk is scratched or otherwise in questionable condition, rip it with the burner.
I use EAC, like I said, so I rip with the DVD and create the image file on the hard drive, then EAC kicks on the burner and burns the copy. Minimal disk shuffling that way. If the DVD drive seems to be having trouble and bogging down, I'll abort the rip and switch to the burner for both ripping and burning. That does not happen very often, though. In the case of a disk in good shape, the DVD drive will rip it a bit quicker than the burner. It's sure nicer to have copies of your CDs in high hazard locations (like your car or office) than your originals. Fair use!!!