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Itâ€™s your choice. Use CloneCD within limitations, generally hardware related, or use another application. The fun is in trying it all out and becoming better and good at it. CloneCD can backup your game CD or data CD unless itâ€™s a rare protection like StarForce. For audio take a look here first
Right now, you have choices with CloneCD.[ul][li]For SafeDisc v2, you can â€œIgnoreâ€ the protection, â€œAmplifyâ€ it or â€œEmulateâ€ it.For SecuROM v4.8x you can use the twinpeak method and CloneCD or use another application like Blindwrite.LaserLock is dead meat as is Ring Protech[/ul]In all cases, you can get your backup onto a writeable CD. Some apps just can’t cope with errors. Only DiscJuggler is second to CloneCD for Error Reading. Some applications can only emulate the protection when playing from an image on the hard-drive. This is not a criticism of Daemon Tools which has been developed to play from an image; itâ€™s the best tool for defeating copy protection in a way BUT it does not write and was never meant to write. Some burning apps write emulation code onto the CD-R without telling you; CloneCD does not do this, save emulating the pre-gap for SafeDisc v2 which all apps, except DiscJuggler, will do. This is why DJ either works…or it doesnâ€™t and is unforgiving. Alcohol120% will soon be the best all rounder but CloneCD is unique. CloneCD was the first four - button, out of the box, success story. A lot of development time goes into making it fool-proof and virtually â€˜click & goâ€™. These are my words, objective judgement I hope because I donâ€™t get paid for any of this and I have registered every burning app I use (and I love â€˜em all!). There are other great products but this is the CloneCD Forum and itâ€™s CloneCD Iâ€™m talking about.
Now some terminology :)[ul][li]A CD-R/W is a writeable CD in generalA write-once CD is a CD-R, although Session At Once means you can write more than once to a write-once CD; this is subtle, OK?A hard-drive is a diskA CD-R is a discA rewriteable CD is a CD-RWWe call a CD-RW optical device a â€œburnerâ€ â€“ go figure. I believe itâ€™s a contextual thing :)[/ul]The way to approach CloneCD is to choose the appropriate default profile in the Reading or Imaging window and ditto in the Burning or Writing window. If it works…donâ€™t argue. Doesnâ€™t work? Post here. Wanna have fun? Read on![ul]Download CloneCDCheck here for the copy protectionCheck here for an idea of your writer’s capability[/ul]Backing up a CD depends on the burning software, reader, writer, system configuration and media CD-R(W) [ul]Burning software â€“ Roxioâ€™s Easy CD Creator will just not do it…OK?! If you tell me that you copied The Sims Unleashed with it, youâ€™re a liar or a naive warez user. You need a dedicated application like CloneCDReader - can be a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM or a burnera CD burner or a DVD burner will burn CD-Rs; the only device guaranteed to burn a CD-R is a CD-RW, OK?System Configuration - you should have a fast ATA or SCSI disk, DMA enabled, correct IDE/SCSI cabling and Easy CD Creator v4.x or less ABSENT from your system; image (or write to disk) before writing to CD-RUse good media; if it costs 3cents per disc, don’t ask me for advice![/ul]The latest copy protections abounding are:[ul]SafeDisc v2.8xSecuROM 4.8xLaserLock 2 (known as just LaserLock, because, all burning apps take the v2 tweaks into account)Ring Protech - not a problem for most readers‘Home Made’ crap, like that found on some country-specific versions of Soldiers of Anarchy[/ul]The critical divisions between copy protections are:[ul]Up to SafeDisc 2.4 - no ATIP (or CD-R) check; just about anything can write itSafeDisc v1.x â€“ a piece of cake for any RAW reader and writerSafeDisc Lite â€“ a piece of cake for any RAW reader and writerSafeDisc v2.x â€“ what protection?SD2.4.x to 2.50 â€“ ATIP Check introduced; weak (error) sectors are easily overcome by many, many writersSD2.51.020 â€“ lotsa trouble: some Plextors come to grief as do AcersSD2.51.021 â€“ just about everything except ASUS, Lite-On, LG GCE models and some Plex are able to write it without helpSD2.8x â€“ whoops! Only ASUS, some Lite-On and some Plex can do it without help[/ul]Protections go through iterations as do the burning apps and the Firmware coders for the hardware; itâ€™s expensive stuff for the game software developers, little return for the burning app author and possibly not as good as it should be for the optical manufacturers but by golly, do we have fun! Thereâ€™s more info in the other Read Me posts, please search, look around and make a post.
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Get Down & Dirty
If you are in the market for a burner, check out one of these: Brand Model Firmware Revision[ul]ARTEC CDRW241040+ -ASUS CRW-1610A -ASUS CRW-3212A -ASUS CRW-4012A -ASUS CRW-4816A -ASUS CRW-5224A -BTC BCE-3212IM -BTC BCE4824IM 2002 11 21BTC BCE-5224IM 2002 11 21BTC CD-RW IDE4816 2002 08 26BTC CDWRITER IDE4824 2002 11 21BTC CDWRITER IDE5224 2002 11 21CyberDrive CW099D 52x24x52 2002 12 02LG GCE-8160B -LG GCE-8320B -LG GCE-8400B 2002 06 26LITEON LTR-16102B -LITEON LTR-24102B -LITEON LTR-24103S -LITEON LTR-32123S -LITEON LTR-40125S -LITEON LTR-48125W -LITEON LTR-52246S -MEMOREX 16MAXX 1040JB 2002 05 13MEMOREX 24MAXX 1040 2002 05 13MEMOREX 32MAXX 1240AJ 2002 05 22MEMOREX 32MAXX 1240AK 2002 05 13MEMOREX 40 MAXX 1248AJ 2002 05 22MEMOREX 48MAXX 1248AJ 2002 05 23POLAROID BurnMAX40 2002 11 25POLAROID BurnMAX48 2002 11 25POLAROID BurnMAX52 2003 01 31SONY CRX175A1 -SONY CRX185E1 2002 05 22SONY CRX185E3 -SONY CRX195E1 2002 05 22SONY CRX220E2 2002 11 21TEAC CD-W548E 2002 12 06TOSHIBA SD-R1202 -TOSHIBA SD-R1312 2003 02 18TOSHIBA SD-R2312 2002 07 25TOSHIBA SD-R2412 2002 11 27TOSHIBA SD-R5002 2002 11 14TRAXDATA CDRW-2440MB -TRAXDATA CDRW-2440SD -TRAXDATA CDRW-4824E 2002 11 21TRAXDATA CDRW-5224E 2003 01 31WAITEC FRISBYII 2002 09 26[/ul]The ASUS is most reliable in CloneCD. The Lite-On is cheaper and has more ‘fun’ FW upgrades. The Toshiba is a superb piece of kit - the 5002 and 1312 are 3 sheep burners (if there was such a thing ;))