Ok Here's a quick run down on my system. 400MHz P2, 256mb ram, HP8200i (4x4x24), and Win 2000. I put my Red Alert 2 CD in my burner to read and used the setting for SD2 that's in the options menu for read settings. Note my CDRW is not SD2 compatible! After 4 hours of reading @ 8x speed the CD image was only @ 2% complete. Clone CD would have been completed by then! Then I took my No One Lives Forever CD and tried it out. Clony 1.07 says it's SD1 and ClonyXL says it's SD2. So which 1 it actually is I don't know. I'm able to make a 1:1 back up of NOLF using Clone CD without anything special like CDbeta, Insektors or Playbackup. I 1st tried Clone CD and @ 8x read it was at 10% in 5 min. Then when I tried CD Mate it wasn't showing any percentage of completion after 5 min. If anyone can explain my results please do so. For now Clone CD is my software of choice for duplicating CD's protected or not. I am buying an Acer 1208a soon for SD2 backups and will give CD Mate another shot, but I forsee no difference in results.
Thanx N.B. for the link it was interesting reading.