I was always a firm believer of using CloneCD for SD2.8. No matter what end result I'd get, I always insisted that it was my methods and not CCD that caused so many coasters. Now I have to say, that until CCD gets an update to be compatible with SD2.8x, I will ONLY use DiscDump, and FireBurner! Everytime with CCD, I would create a burn that would install fine, but when I went to play, I would always get a "blahblah.exe has encountered an illegal operation..." message. This does not happen with DD+FB. So far I've been able to get Raven Shield, and Generals to work flawlessly. As you can see these games are very new, and sport some of the latest versions of SD 2.8.
So there you have it folks, this is a ringing endorsement to all those like me before. Forget CCD for 1:1 backups of games. There is no need for emulation either(Alcohol 120%), just use DiscDump and FireBurner for Safedisc(SD2.8) 2.8X protected games.