I’ve been ripping some audio discs using EAC. Some of these discs are very badly scratched (I bought/obtained them used). I’ve tried Digital Innovation’s SkipDr. (motorized version), and that has allowed a few tracks to be copied without errors which couldn’t be before, there are still some tracks, and some whole discs, that simply continue to have errors, even after running the disc through the SkipDr. several times.
I have two optical drives: a Toshiba SD-M1612, and a TDK CDRW241040X. As you can tell, I haven’t bought a new optical drive in a long time. Since it is about time (or way past overdue!) for a new optical drive, anyway, I’m wondering if there is any particular drive that is known to produce better results when reading scratched discs than other drives. In fact, this is so important to me that I’m willing to consider not only new drives, but also any past model that I would have to hunt for on eBay or whatever. (I’m wondering if maybe an actual CD-ROM drive might be better at reading CDs than any type of DVD drive?)