Mysteries Of The CDRW and Back Ups Revealed

By Phantasm66 · 5 replies
Aug 8, 2002
  1. Great article here at Tom's Hardware on the perils of breaking copy protection - erm, I mean, making a legitimate backup of your own CDs... hm... hmm.... [clear throat].....

    Mysteries Of The CDRW and Back Ups Revealed

    It seems that drives by Lite On, which I mentioned in another post as having great potential to be "overclocked", for want of a better word ( ) also comes across as great drives (for the ones tested) for hmm.... hmm.. "making backups" as well.....

    Read on for a really good article!
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    The Clony XXL v2.0.0.6 tool mentioned in the article (to identify the copy protection method of a CD) can be downloaded here:

    Note that there is an English language and Deutsch language versions.

    Clone CD, of course, has its own site here:

    With a download page for the tool here:

    Of course, like Tom says:

    - This article was not written to advocate or endorse unlawful copying of proprietary software data and audio CDs, but was intended to examine a licensed user's ability (or inability) to use various CDRW drives to create a back up copy of licensed software. Prior to attempting to make any back up copies of your licensed software, we suggest locating and reading the end user license agreement that is usually included in the packaging with the licensed software. The laws regarding the ability to back up licensed, proprietary software vary from country to country. If you are unsure of the laws that are applicable in the country where you live, we suggest obtaining appropriate legal advice prior to attempting to make any back up copies of your licensed software. Where not specifically prohibited by the end user license agreement, legitimate interests do exist to maintain a back up copy of licensed software for personal use and for archival purposes. It is illegal, and not a legitimate use, to share the licensed software or copies of it with others who are not licensed end users.

    An attitude and perspective shared by techspot as well.
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    Anyone got a Lite On IDE cd writer? I am interested in getting one of these soon and would like some opinions. Tomshardware identifies certain models as very good for making copies.... erm I mean backups.....
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I bought my parents one, they love it, hasn't mucked up a cd yet and they've burned quite a few.
    /me remembers a while back when he suggested to someone on here to get a Lite-On and people more or less laughed at him.
  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,271   +455

    Lite-On drives weren't always good - but they're definitely performers now, IMO. I doubt it was me who said not to get it - unless you were deciding between that and a Plextor (I am a PlexNut.)

  6. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    I currently have a Plextor SCSI drive but since creating the IDE RAID array I have spare IDE opportunities and SCSI is getting more expensive and harder to source in comparison. I can pick up a 40x Lite-On IDE writer for £50 which is like nothing but a new Plextor SCSI writer is over £200.

    Anyone else any opinions??
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