Want to back up copyrighted material? Then this product may interest you. Clone CD is simply a programme that can Clone CDs. This is a downloadable programme that is published by Elaborate Bytes, a German company. I’ve tried 2 versions of this product and after explaining what this can do, I shall review the product. >Well why not use Nero? This is the question you are probably asking, after all Nero et al have a “copy CD” function. Apparently these programmes cannot duplicate CDs 1:1, Clone CD does; I’m not an expert by it makes sense, here’s some Jargon from a review: “Software companies aren't idiots. They realize that more and more people are getting CD burners and trying to copy them. Now companies are starting to build in some forms of protection. Most of the CD copying programs are great for copying a simple data CD, but a new game or application CD will give them fits. For situations like that, it's time to call in the big guns, CloneCD.“ Clone CD can basically create an exact 1:1 copy of the original CD including every little sector, error and other anomaly it might have. These may be the characteristics that enable software companies to “protect” their CDs. >What can this programme do? If you're looking for a complete CD mastering program, CloneCD isn't it, all this programme is capable of is duplicating CDs. You cannot create your own compilations or make “CD Extras” like Nero 5.5 et al, you can only make 1:1 copies. Because this programme can only be used for one thing, it is very easy to use. There are basically two options, burn on fly or save and burn. There are 4 main functions: >>Main Functions >Read Image To File Use this to save your original CD to your hard drive. If you click this, all you need to do is select the drive of your original CD and it will save 3 files to a designated directory (whic
h you choose). There are some tiny options to choose from, (most of which I don’t understand) but one useful one is the number of times the CD is read, something important for making a perfect copy. >Write Image From File Once you have a saved file, select this and insert a blank CD into your CD Writer and theoretically away you go. But this is where the problems begin, as I shall explain later. >Copy CD This should be the burn on fly option, but it’s also the same as reading and writing at the same time. Burn on fly basically means have the original in one drive and the CDR in the writer and writing to the CDR as we read from the original, but this is not recommended because usually your CD writer and CD ROM share the same connection and this may cause it not to work if your PC can’t handle it. I don’t know if mine can or not, but I prefer to wait a few more minutes. >Erase CD (Rewritable) This is quite self explanatory and takes as long as Nero et al. >>The problems >Compatibility The major problem with CloneCD is why it is so popular, it copies CDs using Raw mode and very few CD writers currently will work with it. It's unfortunate but the number that support the specific commands required by CloneCD are few. Please consult the Clone CD website (address below) for more information. Now my CD Re-writer was not on the list, but I downloaded and installed the programme anyway. Shortly after installation, I wanted dot test this programme out and one of the status windows showed this: Device Capabilities: Note: This information is provided by the unit, it might be inaccurate. CloneCD does not use this information! Manufacturer: LG Product: CD-RW CED-8080B Revision: 1.04 Can read CD-R Discs: Yes Can read CD-RW Discs: Yes Can read DVD Discs: No Can read MultiSession Discs: Yes Can read Digital Audio Discs: Yes Digital Audio Data
is accurate: Yes Can read CD-Text: Yes Can write CD-R Discs: Yes Can write CD-RW Discs: Yes Compatible with CloneCD RAW-DAO: No Compatible with CloneCD RAW-SAO: Yes Compatible with CloneCD RAW-SAO Write Simulation: Yes Supports Burn Proof / Just Link: No Now I don’t know what “Compatible with CloneCD RAW-DAO” means but I tried to copy a CD anyway, and it worked perfectly, it was an audio CD and it was an exact clone, all the “crossfades” etc were perfect, they are definitely not in my experience with Nero et al. The rest of this review is about how good the programme is to use… >Stability I’ve had 2 versions of this, with the old version (2.8), after using this once successfully, when I selected “write image from file” the programme acts as if it begins to record then crashes, the screen goes black and I cannot rescue it, this suggests that there is some incompatibility, but I have cloned a few CDs already, why has it suddenly stopped? The trial version is supposed to only write at 2x, but somehow mine managed 8x. With the new version (3.0, registered) everything works fine, I’d used it for a few weeks with only one crash, fortunately, no CDs were hurt during the whole process. The question is money right, this programme should cost USD 31.65 / EUR 33.62 (no Sterling price) but my download of version 2.8 never demanded me to enter the code (this was downloaded as a trial). The 3.0 version that I am using now I did need to enter a code for. >Additional info Download from: http://www.elby.de/english/corp/index.htm or http://www.brennmeister.de/files/clonecd/SetupCloneCD.exe if you really trust me! I suggest you look at the website. File Size 2.16MB License: Demo or pay for serial number, and get free upgrades Also you need at least a P133 with 64 megs of RAM, and you should really ha
ve more than this if you can access this and have a CD Writer. >Overall If you feel the need to back up your CDs precisely; for example Playstation CDs (I think you need it chipped) and audio CDs then definitely give this a go, I would recommend this to you, but to see if it works, if it doesn’t then leave it. It’s a really good programme, shame it has let me down, it costs quite a lot and it does feel a little bad if your friend “found” a serial number elsewhere for free and you paid for it…
Clone CD does exactly what it says on the tin - it makes clones, or copies of CDs. Of course, this is only useful if you happen to have a CD writer but with these devices coming down in price recently, more and more people now have the ability to create their own CDs. Most people will be familiar with programs such as Nero or EasyCD, which allow you to compile your own CDs or copy existing ones. Programs such as Nero are great for most things, allowing you to create your own audio and/or data CDs, and add a whole host of extras to your discs. They are so comprehensive that you have to wonder what point there is in having a program like CloneCD. CloneCD is for copying CDs, and only for copying CDs. You can't create your own CD's at all, that's not what this program is for. It's very simple and easy to use, and while lacking the polish and shine of the bigger products, as it only has 4 buttons you could train a monkey to use it! But let me be honest with you all for a moment. Copying CDs is something that Nero does very happily. Well, shall I say copying MOST CDs is something Nero does very happily. You see, big companies aren't stupid, and once they realised how easy it was for people to copy CDs they decided to try to stop the practice, by adding copy protection to their discs. There are various methods that are employed, mostly by PC game manufacturers, to stop people copying their CDs. I won't go in to the details, but Nero will either refuse to copy some discs or will produce a CD that fails to work properly. But of course, why would anyone want to copy protected CDs? Surely that's illegal? Well, the answer is yes and no. Yes, Clone CD can be made to make illegal copies of games and PC software, but no, not everything you can do with CloneCD is illegal. I can hear you all asking know - Is the great rob_writer a pirate in disguise? Sorry to disappoint you all, but I'm not in
the CD copying business. That's not to say I don't know people who do use CloneCD to copy games to dish out to everyone, but I've actually only used CloneCD a few times myself. Once I used it to copy a game from a friend because my CD had been scratched, then I used it again to make a copy of a music CD so we could keep one in the house and one in the car, all the other times I have just made copies of my homemade CD-Rs anyway. I'm not really sure about the legalities of those two actions, but I'm guessing they're not too serious!! I, of course, cannot condone the illegal copying of CDs, but whatever use you put CloneCD to you will find it a very neat and compact piece of software. You load it up and you are presented with a small window, containing 4 buttons and some menus. Bloatware this certainly isn't! One button lets you read an image file from a CD, i.e. the CD you want to copy. The next button lets you write an image file, i.e. create the copy of the CD. The third button lets you copy a CD, either by first creating an image then writing it, or by copying on the fly from one CD to another. The last option lets you erase a CD-RW. Inside all these menus are more and more options, so you can tinker with settings to get the perfect copy! The only problem you may encounter with CloneCD is that your CD-Rom drives may not be compatible. CloneCD uses RAW mode to create exact copies of CDs, a feature which is supported by about 95% or CD writers, but there are always that other 5% that don't! In addition certain CD drives may not be able to read certain elements of CDs, such as the text on audio CDs. CloneCD works fine with most hardware, but if you're the unlucky type...... CloneCd is not free, although you can download a trial version that doesn't expire, and only writes at 2 speed. My Cd writer is only 4x, so I don't mind saving some money and creating CDs slowly, but if you want to buy
it it costs 39 euros (how do I get that Euro symbol again?). Registration is electronic, you pay them the the money and they send you a code to unlock the program. The minimum requirements as stated by the program are Pentium Class Processor Windows 95 with 32Mb RAM Windows 98/ME with 64MB RAM Windows NT/2000/XP with 128Mb RAM But I would advise you take these with a pinch of salt. An original Pentium 60 will not be up to scratch to burn CDs, but on the other hand I doubt a Windows 98 machine with 48Mb RAM would struggle too much. If you're unsure remember that there is a trial version, so it's free to give it a go! Overall, even though CloneCD can have some less than legal uses, its simple and effective nature makes it just as good, if not better than Nero at copying CDs. The URL of the Clone CD site is http://elby.org/english/corp/index.htm
Have you got the need to produce perfect 1:1 copies of CD's? Scared your original version of a game might get lost or broken? Want to make a backup copy regardless of any copyright programs? Then you'll probably find CloneCD the right choice of CD copying program for you! CloneCD, available as shareware from www.clonecd.com, is an excellent program to make perfect 1:1 copies of any CD. Normal CD Burning software would faulter when the copyright program on the CD kicks in, but with CloneCD it continues to overlook these so called 'read - errors' and therefore makes perfect CD copies. It is also useful for copying a large amount of CDs as it creates an Image file (.ccd) on your hard drive and can make CD's from this. However, the program does carry a hefty price tag of $49 to $59, leaving one to ponder over the thought of buying this product. But, in its favour, it is a successful CD copier program, and with that said, it has copied many CDs (of personal use to me) with no mistakes. So if your are looking for such a program, I strongly suggest CloneCD. The perfect CD copier software.
I have been using cd-rewriters for a couple of years now and I have experimented with alot of cd writing software. I found CloneCD through a search on yahoo and decided to download it. The user interface is neat; the controls are simple and neat. You’re not confronted with lots of options you don't understand and reading through the FAQ and help files there is nothing that this piece of software can't do. To copy a cd all you do is click a button to make an image file to your hard drive and then click another button, decide whether or not you want to repair the sub channel and away you go. So i put it to the test. I tried backing up a playstation game of mine, which has a protection scheme on it, and it copied it straight up. A perfect duplication. I then tried a PC game, which has a protection scheme on it and again out popped a perfect duplication. There are other features to this piece of software and it supports writing speeds up to 12 X (well the one i downloaded did). I use to have alot of problems with buffer under-runs with Nero but i have not one problem with CloneCD. If you are backing up a protected CD then the program will also copy the protection. The program does erase CDRW's however the only draw back is that you can't compile your own CD's (as yet). However i believe you can do it through a long process, which involves making an image file. I still used Nero, and CDRwin however i prefer CloneCD. I do believe that if your backing up CD's then this program is one of the best out there for one to one duplication. By backing up CD's you must own an original. I don't want to influence anyone to break the law, nor do I take responsibility for what you do after you read this review.