Copying Securom 4.8x/5.x/7.x CDs with Alcohol and A-Ray Scanner

Before you start with philamber’s guide read the quote by Terramex so you don’t run into any trouble using your MDS file. The original thread where I copied the quote from can be found here, kalas.

[QUOTE=Terramex;1996456]MDS specifications have changed a little bit so i guess Twincreator can’t use your “new” MDS file.

Either create the “Media-Description” file with Blindwrite’s BWA Builder or use an Alcohol version before v1.9.6.4629.[/QUOTE]

This is currently the simplest way of making an emulation free working (twinpeak) back-up copy of a securom 4.8/5.x/7.x protected cd.

The only programs needed are alcohol and R!Co’s A-Ray scanner.

For those who aren’t aware of it, incorporated into A-Ray scanner is a module called TwinCreator which is a form of blackcheck’s twinpeak tool modified to enable it to use mdf/mds images (alcohol’s native format) rather ccd/img/sub images (CloneCD’s native format) that are required for the original twinpeak tool.

The advantages of using this method for anyone who doesn’t own a plex premium are obvious. There is no need to have any of CloneCD, Blindwrite, a BWA builder or any of their associated drivers or “aspi” layers (and potential software conflicts and blacklisting problems) on your system. In addition, the measuring of the cd’s physical structure and the making of the image files for patching is essentially a single step process.

This is how it’s done-

A. Making the image files.

  1. After putting the cd to be copied into your drive start alcohol and click on “Image Making Wizard”.

  2. At the next screen, select the drive into which you put your cd as the reading device, set the reading speed (Maximum is fine) and set the datatype as Securom *New (4.x/5.x).Then click on “Next”.

  3. At the next screen, you will be asked to choose an image name a place to save the image files. Just accept the defaults and click on “Start”.

  4. A pop-up will then appear with the next screen asking you to select the measuring speed for Data Position Measurement. (Many people believe that 1x should always be chosen as it will give the best results but this is not necessarily so. My old Ltd-163 produces flawless bwa files almost every time at 12x but produces terrible results at 1x, 2x or 4x. My SOHD-167T also produces excellent results at 12x so that’s the speed I use. Experiment if necessary and see what works best for you.) Once you’ve selected the speed click on OK within the pop-up.

  5. The data position measurement will then commence and upon completion of that measurement the image will be made. When the image is made, alcohol will eject the cd and you can click on “Finish”.

  6. You will now have 2 files, an .mds and an .mdf file wherever you chose to save them; if you chose the default, they will be in the Alcohol 120% sub-folder of your My Documents folder.

B. Patching the image files.

  1. Now that you’ve made the image files, start A-Ray Scanner and click on “OPTIONS”.

  2. On the pop-up that will then appear click on “TwinCreator” to open the TwinCreator module.

  3. Then click first on “Select Supported Image”, navigate to the folder where you saved the image files and select the .mdf file that you just made.

  4. Then click on “Select Media-Description” and select the .mds file.

  5. The default options of a Twin Sector step of 15 and a maximum image size of 710 MB are generally ok so once you’ve selected both files, click “Start”. A pop-up box will then appear indicating where twinsectors will be inserted. Click OK and the patching process will commence. The module will tell you when it has finished and you can just then click on OK to close the module.

  6. After you’ve patched the image files, in addition to your original files, you will now have two additional files being patched.mdf and patched.mds wherever you saved the original image files.

C. Burning the patched image.

  1. Inset a bland cdr/w into your writer and re-open alcohol (if you closed it after making the original image files.

  2. Then right click on an empty part of the box where the .mds of your original image file appears and click on “Add images…”. Select patched.mds to add it to the image list and leave it highlighted.

  3. Then click “Image Burning Wizard”.

  4. At the next screen you can just click “Next” though you should decide whether or not you want to keep the image after burning and either check or uncheck the box to delete the image after recording as appropriate.

  5. At the next screen a pop-up will appear telling you that there is no RMPS info in the source and that you can’t make a copy using this datatype (i.e. Securom *New (4.x/5.x). Just click OK and then set the datatype to Securom *New. Then set your desired burning speed (Max will almost certainly be ok but if you want to be cautious you could choose a much lower speed such as 8x) and click “Start”.

  6. At the next screen a pop-up will appear telling you that the image size doesn’t match to the lead-out recorded in the TOC and you will be given 3 options as to how to proceed. Choose the first one: “Keep TOC as on source CD, write until end of image file (recommended)” and click OK.

  7. Alcohol will then burn the patched image and eject the burnt cdr/w when finished.

That’s it. All being well you will now have a working twinpeak back-up copy of your securom 4.8x/5.x/7.x protected cd.

Needless to say, all the usual caveats that apply to twinpeak copies still apply. There will be some drives from which it usually won’t be possible to install from the twinpeak copy (notably Plextor cdrws, Toshiba dvds and Asus cdrws) though, of course, you can always make a separate installation copy by just copying the cd with nero. There will also be a handful of drives from which a twinpeak copy won’t work at all (though this is quite rare).

One additional advantage of this method though is that if by chance you’re unlucky and the copy won’t work at all from any of your drives, you can always make an RMPS emulation copy by simply burning the original unpatched image files with alcohol using Securom *New (4.x/5.x) datatype settings.