CloneCD or EAC Which is Better to Back-up?

Which is better to back-up my music CDs, CloneCD or EAC?


EAC. (CloneCD will be ok if the original cd is in mint condition though.)

At it’s best, EAC is slower, but will make a good job of getting the best out of originals in somewhat used condition, and allow you to easily check the points where it MAY have found a problem (often they are clear) and to eliminate some digital glitches if there was a problem.

It also helps if you know your drive, and set up for it.
If your drive supports “Accurate stream”, that’s good - in fact, if it doesn’t, get another drive to rip with.
If your drive “caches Audio”, that’s BAD, as it means EAC has to flush the cache with surplus reads, in order to read the wanted part twice for comparison.
If your drive supports “C2 error information”, then you can avoid the double reading for comparison, but if the drive has very poor C2 accuracy, some errors could slip through unchecked.

  • It’s best not to use C2 for correction, as few drives are accurate enough.

The other issue, is speed…
Some drives work well on high speed with automatic reduction, while others will throw far fewer errors if you run at 1x on anything that isn’t perfect - I’ve always favoured the 1x rip.

Only use CloneCD if your CD is in a really good shape, otherwise defenitely EAC.

For audio, EAC should be used every time. Tools like EAC and Plextools (for Plextor drives) attempt to correct errors and make a clean digital copy. There are errors even on a new discs. CloneCD attempts to duplicate the original disc, errors and all. As strange as it seems by using EAC or Plextools you can get a “better” copy than the original. CloneCD could be thought of as an “analog” copy. As Philamber implied, if the original is in good condition, and you need a quick backup, CloneCD may be good enough.

EAC is also much better at protected audio discs, particularily Cactus Datashield.

but make sure to check out some EAC tutorials and read them carefully - otherwise it might give you bad results if you have not configured it correct for your own preferences and drive(s)