Hello and thank you for your feedback guys.
The game I was trying to backup was Call of Duty (SD3.1.x), but my question regarding profiles is more general to cover all my future SD3.x backup needs.
I tried CCD and if I recall correctly I used the SD2.9 profile..installation worked but the game would not start unless I used the original CD and enabled "Show CDR" in CCD.
So you mean SD2.9 profile is not as appropriate as SD2.51+, for SD3.x disks?
Please see here
I tried the CD i made with DDump & Fireburner and it works perfectly on another PC which has only one old CDROM and no burning/emulating software installed.
So I can verify that for my setup at least, the VD is not blacklisted. The "hide cdr" needs to be in "show cdr" instead to work...even for the original disk. (remember VD is still enabled on my system)
The new working CD, apparently does not work on my system, because of this need to have "show CDR" enabled...as this apparently informs the game that the cd in the drive is a copy (makes sense).