I just tried out the trial version of BW 22.214.171.124.
The program caused severe timing errors when trying to read a Laserlok protected CD (Tennis Masters 2003: 12 rings of bad sectors) and a CD with consecutive bad sectors (Syberia CD : bad sectors LBA 148350-157349.
After both my drives had read the discs for over 10 minutes I aborted the operation and found out Windows XP Professional had automatically put the drives in PIO-mode, even though DMA was selected for both IDE channels in the Device manager.
(For more info on this problem see http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hwdev/tech/storage/IDE-DMA.mspx)
I had to manually adjust the registry to get DMA back on my drives! Here’s the link…thanx Snip
I have tried reading the discs again with the “bad sectors” profile in BW 5…same result. I had no problem reading out these discs with Alcohol or CD Manipulator 2.70 (freeware). I never had (severe) timing errors before with my two drives.
Probably BW 5 hasn’t got something like a advanced sector scanner, and tries to read the sectors one by one, resulting in timing errors.
In fairness: I have to say I have been able to back up Max Payne (Safedisc 2), Medieval Total War (Safedisc 2.6.052) and Master of Orion 3 (Securom New 4.84) with BW 5 without a problem…
Something to look into for the people at VSO… at this moment I’m not over the moon to go out and buy BW 5.
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