First post, by Zup
I'd like to preserve some old CDs that have various methods of protection, so I'd like to know what imaging software/format do you recommend. That's what I've found:
- Blindwrite: That's the first program I used to copy some Safedisc protected programs. At some time, it seems that the development was paused and better options appeared. The last version (according to wikipedia) was launched in 2013.
- CloneCD: It took the job when Blindwrite dissappeared... but something strange happened when Elaborate Bytes was superseded by Slysoft and it doesn't feel the same thing anymore.
- Alcohol: It was the first program I know that supported DPM, and still is in development.
So, it seems to me that the best way to store the CDs is using MDF/MDS if it has any kind of protection (if it is not protected, I guess ISO and BIN/CUE are simpler and better).
The problem is that Alcohol seems very intrusive and some software won't work unless Alcohol is disabled or uninstalled. I've read that Daemon Tools (at least as intrusive as Alcohol, but I've got a computer that has it installed) and CDBurnerXP are also capable of making MDF/MDS images, but (being MDF/MDS a propietary format) I don't know if they store all information about weak/unreadable/readable-with-bad-CRC sectors and DPM properly.
So... what software/format do you use to make an "exact" image of CD-ROMs? Are Daemon Tools and CDBurnerXP MDF images as good as Alcohol ones?
Also, ImgBurn surprised me with an interesting feature... it makes a log that tells you what sectors failed to read, with the type of error found and (a nice touch) which file inside the ISO is affected. That is very useful if you've got an old CD with personal data and want to know which files were lost.
Is there any MDF/MDS parser that can look into the MDS part and lists you that same information (wrong sectors, files affected and the like)?
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