This thread is for folks who:
- have a Lite-On burner with SmartErase but who either do not use Nero or who want to use some other version of Nero than the one that shipped with their burner
- want to use SmartErase to erase previously burned media
Summary: The EXE is in one of the many CABs in the Nero install disc. Find it. Copy and rename it (a bit). Set yourself up a shortcut. You are done.
Details follow ...
I found myself in the position of wanting to keep my current installation of Nero v6, but wanting to use the SmartErase feature of my newish Lite-On burner. For me the versions of Nero after v6 are just too heavy. The install disc for Nero 8 Essentials came with my Lite-On drive. I tried it, but reverted back to Nero 6.
Other folks have posted on MyCE because they had already installed Nero Ultimate, but wanted the added SmartErase functionality that seems to be only available with the Nero 8 Essentials install disc that came with their new burner. Nero should really put this EXE on their support website.
On my Nero 8 Essentials disc from Lite-On there is a stand alone SmartErase utility program buried down in one of the dirs in a CAB. All you need is that EXE and one of the newer Lite-On drives that support SmartErase to use that functionality.
Find the EXE and extract it
On my Nero 8 Essentials disc it is in the CAB below. As this thread gets old and the version of Nero changes both the CAB and the exact EXE name could change.
\Installation\Data\05676572.cab is the CAB.
SEraseE1A74D50.exe is the file name inside the CAB. You should be able to look into the CAB with WinRAR/WinZip/7-Zip/etc. Icons are in there if you need them for some reason.
If you have located the file use WinRAR/etc. to extract it to some dir on your hard drive. Now skip to the Copy/Rename/Shortcut area below.
If you are in the position of having an install disc for Nero that came with your Lite-On drive and the EXE is not in the CAB mentioned above then you need to search for it with WinRAR or other utilities. This could be a bit of work, but in WinRAR not so much if you use the Find/F3 function. Other utilities (or maybe newer Windows OS versions?) may also have CAB search functions.
WinRAR instructions - I'm going to give generic instructions here that I believe will hold up as this thread gets old. Open WinRAR and navigate to My Computer via the drop down button in the upper right of the screen. You should see choices of Desktop, My Computer, C:, etc. listed. Click on My Computer. Press F3. A dialog box appears. In the File Names To Find field enter "serase*.*" (no quotes). In the Disks And Subfolders field select from the drop down choices the drive that contains the Nero installation disc. Deselect the Find In Files option. Select the Find In Subfolders and Find In Archives options. Click the OK button. Everything on the disc will be probed so this could take a while. Alternately if your disc has an \Installation\Data dir then you might try starting the search there to save a bit of time. In the Search Results box a file will hopefully appear and have a name like Erase########.exe ... the #s are hex digits. Highlight the file and click on the Extract To button. Save the file somewhere on your hard drive.
Generic non-WinRAR instructions - Using whatever utility program you like find the file SErase.exe on the Nero installation disc. The file will almost certainly be in a CAB and will likely have a name like SErase########.exe where the #s are hex digits. If the dir exists start the search in the \Installation\Data ... otherwise search the whole disc. Save the file somewhere on your hard drive.
Copy and rename it ... setup shortcut
Rename the extracted file to SErase.exe .
Cut and paste SErase.exe into whatever dir on your machine you use for stand alone executables. I use \Pete\local\bin for this purpose. I guess you could put it in some dir under Program Files. If you put it with the other Nero programs then could it not get "stepped on" if you upgrade Nero?
Create a shortcut for the EXE. Rename the shortcut if you want to.
Place the shortcut wherever is appropriate for you ... in your start menu or on your desktop or some other place.
If you have one of the Lite-On drives that support SmartErase and have managed to lose the disc that came with it then I guess it's possible you might be able to get SErase.exe some other way. For folks who find themselves in this position I'm providing the characteristics of my copy of the program below. Checking that your MD5 OR SHA1 matches mine will ensure that all is well. If not then proceed as you see fit.
File name = SErase.exe
File version (from properties) = 126.96.36.199
MD5 = 8e9897943ba592059f2168f0d03d6dbc
SHA1 = d23e8c06bb7832ce2ad52b70d2b9243707838771
Below are some strings I found in the EXE. This is of no real import, but I find it curious that the software developer is not identified.
(To those who would PM me ... it is frequently months between my logins here on MyCE so if you send a PM please be very patient. I will frequently login and check this thread in the next week or two after I post it.)