Aha, so there actually are others out there who still have it, even if not in use! :iagree:
I thought myself more or less alone by 2016. I really must virtualize my ripstation soon as it is a true window in time back to 200x CD-ripping and indeed could bring a tear to the eye of any nostalgic CD-freak with all the tools available... All programs apart from Elby CloneCD are legally registered, I tried to obtain a legal license for that as well, but was unable as I did not even receive a reply from Elby to my request.
There are some qualities still to be noted... No audio protection schemes seem to apply to the drive and it happily rips copy controlled contents with no prior modification to the CD. I have two internal PX-40, one with FW 1.11 and one with 1.14 and another external also with 1.14 (brand new actually), and another five brand new internals on the shelf (FW 1.11)... a backup 2940 and another two 1960/2960 - still keeping even an additional PCI-X version of the 2960 card... In the end I think I'll be the last ever to rip using the ASPI setup.
The fun part is that without the PX-40, there would never be any program named EAC as it was initially written to utilize all functions of the drive.
As for the Premium, I have that as well as two Premium2, but they are external (third party). Internally I have an additional PX-W4824A and a PX-760A since the HD is SATA. Then I have various PX-716 internal and externals 708UF even a 708UF2 and an additional PX-760A among a plethora of other drives too numerous to mention on the shelf.
I don't know, but Nero and Easy CD Creator (apart from when it was Adaptec) really never been tools I have used... I've used Microsoft CDImage v2.47 for creating the oddest CD-layouts using long and short names making the CD appear twice as big as it is and that works great for old Windows 98 installs. apart from it, CDRDAO has been a long time friend for optimal control along with CDRWin which I know the ins and outs of far too well. Today, I have one install (my test bench) with IMG-burn, DVD/BluFab Passkey along with the complete tools from Digiarty which was chosen due to a great offer a year or two ago. In addition, I have tools to explore DVD and Blu-Ray Audio discs.
All-in-one tools, as feasible as they may seem, are in reality limiting the control the user have over the process... Then again, as I say, I am nobody when it comes to DVD/Blu-Ray movies, all about music and data (and rescue)... In that respect, even movies and sound are data down to the core of it...