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CloneCD

CloneCD

is the perfect tool to make backup copies of your music and data CDs, regardless of copy protection.

CloneCD's

award-winning user interface allows you to copy almost any CD in just a few mouse clicks.

Since the release of 5.0, CloneCD is not only able to copy CDs but also most DVD formats, such as DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R Dual Layer and DVD-RAM. The movies are copied 1:1 and therefore not modified (compressed). Note that to copy movie DVDs you also require AnyDVD.

CloneCD

also works with other formats such as ISO and UDF files and copies CDs/DVDs with the new SafeDisc 3 Copy Protection System.

CloneCD

allows you to create perfect 1:1 copies of your valuable original compact discs. Should your copy-protected music CD not play in your car audio, the backup created by CloneCD will.

Slysoft combine knowledge and innovation with many years of experience and direct communication with customers to provide constant improvements, therefore making

CloneCD

the highest quality copying application around.

Product Highlights
  • First copying software that uses RAW-Mode.
  • Creates working 1:1 copies onto CD-Rs and CD-RWs.
  • Amplifies weak sectors with selected CD writers.
  • Emulates weak sectors with all CD writers.
  • Works with CD-ROMs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs.
  • Writes Audio CDs that conform to Redbook standard.
  • Tray-icon allows control over functional usage of inserted media.
  • Copies from CD/DVD drives, hard-drive or virtual drives.
  • Intuitive user-interface, making it easy for novices.
  • Rich selection of preset options via default profiles.
  • Advanced options for expert users.
  • Stable, fast and does not require an ASPI driver.
  • Professional technical support and customer care.
  • New: Copies DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R Dual Layer and DVD-RAM.
  • New: Supports DVD split file image formats - this format works with FAT32 partitions and is compatible with VirtualCloneDrive.
  • New: Supports ISO and UDF formats created by other applications (e.g., Nero, DVD2One, DVDShrink or CloneDVD).
  • New: Copies SafeDisc 3 protected CDs/DVDs.
  • New: Emulates SafeDisc 3 weak sectors.


System Requirements
  • IBM-compatible personal computer with a minimum 500 MHz Pentium-class microprocessor and 64 MB RAM
  • Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP/XP64/VISTA/VISTA64
  • 1 MB hard-disk space


Technical questions about

CloneCD

  • I want to burn at 1x speed but CloneCD won't let me.
    Back in the early 90's the Redbook standard recommended to burn music CDs at 1x speed. However, back then the writers were only capable of burning 1x/2x and had no burn proof functions at all.
    The firmware of modern drives doesn't allow such slow speeds anymore. 4x is the least you can expect from your drives. Our software cannot override these firmware settings.

  • Can I copy a 650 MB image to a 700 MB blank?
    Yes. The storage volume description of the blank indicates that it is able to contain up to 700 MB of data. Thus it is possible to copy a 650 MB original cd to a 700 MB blank.

  • When I try to burn to a 800 MB blank, CloneCD indicates that the image is too big to fit onto the medium.
    CloneCD doesn't mind if you use blanks that contain as much space as your hard drive. The software is not limited to these physical values, hardware is. Some writers cannot write up to 800 MB. And very few are able to exceed 850 MB.
    Furthermore the ATIP information on the blanks often indicates that there is only 700 MB free. In this case CloneCD opens a requester informing you that the image might be too big. Choose the option 'Try to overburn' which should hopefully remedy this.

  • Am I able to burn 900 MB (99 min) blanks with CloneCD?
    CloneCD isn't restricted to the size of a blank CD, as long as the writer can cope with it (check this). Our program just warns when the ATIP information of the blank contains odd values. Hit the 'Try to overburn' button and hope that your writer will not fail.

  • When I open CloneCD I get an 'access violation'.
    The message 'access violation' just describes the status of the system after an error occured. Unfortunately it does not tell anything about the cause of the problem.

  • I heard some programs do an ATIP check. What is it and how can I circumvent it?
    Some programs ask the writer what kind of CD is inside the drive (a blank or a pressed disc). This is the so-called ATIP check which can only be performed by cd writers and combo drives. In case the ATIP check reveals that there is a blank CD in the drive, the program refuses to run.
    In this case activate the 'Hide CDR Media' function. The 'Hide CDR' function is a special feature from CloneCD and should work on most Windows systems regardless of the burner type.
    By activating the CloneCD tray tool you are able to hide CD-R media from being detected by protected programs with a right-click onto the referring icon. This useful tool can be activated in the CloneCD menu (Start->Program files->SlySoft->CloneCD->CloneCD Tray).

  • Since I have installed CloneCD my CDs won't autoplay anymore.
    Please check if the 'Auto Play' options are checked in CloneCD ( Tools -> Settings -> AutoPlay ).

  • How can I backup files or directories from my hard-drive using CloneCD?
    CloneCD is specialized on 1:1 backup copies of complete audio, game and data cds or cd images in a single session. CloneCD does not back-up single files or directories from the hard-drive.

  • I want to become a beta tester.
    We're sorry, but due to security and legal reasons we only give away beta samples of new CloneCD versions to a handful of well-known friends.

  • Why doesn't CloneCD burn .bin or .iso images?
    There are enough programs on the market that are capable of doing that (e.g. Fireburner, Nero, Roxio). We don't want to compete with them because we like to copy cds our own, special way.

  • What ASPI drivers do I need for running CloneCD?
    CloneCD does not use ASPI drivers to communicate with the CD devices. We developed our own 'Elby' drivers that come with the setup program.

  • Is my writer XY supported?
    All modern writers work with CloneCD. Try it out. That's why our program is free to use for 21 days.

  • My writer TEAC R55 S/R56 S resp. TraxData 4120 is not recognized by CloneCD.
    Those models are simply too old to understand CloneCD's burn commands.

  • CloneCD cannot detect the inserted CD.
    The CD is not detected by CloneCD but by the reader/writer. Maybe another burn tool is interfering. Please close InCD/DVD, DirectCD/DVD, RecordNow, Alcohol and similar memory resident programs to ensure they don't disturb the drive while it works with CloneCD.

  • How do I copy CD+G correctly?
    Read out the CD into an image with your writer (profile 'Multimedia CD') and burn it afterwards to a blank.

  • During installation I get an error message saying: 'Class TToolBar not found'
    A Visual Basic runtime library is missing on your system. You can get it by simply installing Internet Explorer 6.

  • After the installation/uninstallation of CloneCD my CD/DVD drives have disappeared.
    This is known as the code 31 problem under Windows.

  • Something went wrong while uninstalling CloneCD.
    Install CloneCD again. Reboot. Uninstall CloneCD via the Start menu (Start->Program Files->CloneCD->Uninstall->Don't keep old Settings). Reboot.

  • What is the difference between the trial version and the full version?
    None. There is only one CloneCD and is always fully functional - either for 21 days (trial) or until 2050 (registered).

  • When I try to burn with CloneCD I get a 'Disc is not empty' error.
    This behaviour often occurs when another CD driver is active in the system and won't allow CloneCD to access the burner with its own CD driver. Are any of those programs running on your PC: InCD/DVD, DirectCD/DVD, RecordNow, Alcohol 120 or any other program that accesses the CD drives? Try to exit them during the time you are working with CloneCD.

  • How do I enable DMA for my drive?
    In Win95/98/ME the DMA settings can be found at: Start->Settings->System Control->System->Hardware->DVD/CD-Drives->(Name of the Drive)->Properties
    There you should find a field called 'DMA'. There is a checkbox on the side of this entry. If 'DMA' is checked then everthing is fine. If not, check this box, close all programs and reboot the PC. After this DMA is active for this drive.
    In WinXP/2000/2003 the DMA settings can be found at: Start->System Control->System->Hardware Manager->Device Manager->IDE ATA/ATAPI controller

  • My drive cannot amplify weak sectors very well. What can I do?
    If your drive cannot handle complicated 'eight to forteen modulation' operations, you cannot enhance its behaviour by software. The ability to handle complicated EFM encodings is only necessary for SafeDisc protected CDs. However, CloneCD 4.2.0.2. emulates EFM correction, thus your writer doesn't need to support complicated EFM encodings at all.

  • I want to extract single audio tracks from an audio CD.
    Unfortunately it is not possible to extract single audio tracks with CloneCD. Try another application, such as the latest Windows Media Player.

  • Is it possible to buy CloneCD on a CD?
    No.

  • I have an error message called 'Hardware error: Servo tracking failure'.
    This error indicates that the drive is overheating. Try turning the drive off and leaving it off until just before you're ready to burn. Some units have trouble when they get too warm.

  • Where do I find the CloneCD help?
    Open CloneCD and press 'H' on the keyboard.

  • My writer is fairly old (e.g. an 8x burner). Is it possible to burn with CloneCD anyway?
    Maybe it works in RAW-SAO mode. In the CloneCD Help file you'll find an explanation of how to change the device settings (Help->Device Settings). In RAW-SAO mode certain track information cannot be written, like dislocated TOCs, digital signatures and regular bit patterns. Modern copy protected CDs, as well as multimedia CDs, often contain such tracks, therefore writing the content of these CDs will often not work with these devices.

  • When I run CloneCD I get the message that 'HP MyCD' was closed.
    You have 'HP MyCD' running at the same time. In this case the MyCD driver closes in order to allow CloneCD to access the burner. This error message is not really important, it simply informs you about the fact that this driver is closed.

  • I get an 'Invalid Field in CDB' error when burning.
    Either the copy process stopped because the writer ran out of data (connection lost to the pc) or the CD you want to copy might contain corrupt subchannel data. We suggest that you leave the field 'Don't repair subchannel data' blank when starting the writing process.

  • I heard a CloneCD image consists of three files. Is that true?
    CloneCD first consults the .ccd file to gather information about the burning process and then burns the image using the .img and .sub file. .ccd-, .img- and .sub-file have to be in the same folder on the hard-drive and have to be named with the same prefix (e.g. IMAGE.ccd, IMAGE.img, IMAGE.sub).

  • CloneCD reads my audio CDs very slow.
    CloneCD does not read the CDs but the CD/DVD drive does. DVD-ROMs, especially those from Pioneer and Samsung, are not the perfect choice when it comes to reading out audio CDs. They are slow. Thus the writing speed is decreased by CloneCD to the reading performance of the DVD-ROM when copying on-the-fly.

  • What is an LBA?
    The count of LBAs indicates the size of the CD, e.g. 656.20MB (74m 41s 50f / LBA: 335975).
    1 LBA = Logical Block Address , usually about 2 KB.

  • When writing the lead-out the writer hangs. But the audio CD can be played...
    Audio CDs don't need a lead out, therefore they can be played without.

  • Is there a CloneCD for Linux?
    No. But you could try CD-Record or KOnCD on Linux.

  • When installing I get a Logo test message from Microsoft. What is this?
    Please ask Microsoft what this message means. Our drivers have been tested thoroughly on Windows XP/2000 systems.

  • When burning I get an error message called 'NO ADDITIONAL SENSE INFORMATION' resp. 'PADDING BLOCKS ADDED'
    The burn process was aborted due to a hardware failure. Either the writer lost track of the dye on the blank or a buffer underrun occured. Some writers don't offer buffer underrun protection when writing in RAW-DAO mode.

  • Why shouldn't I operate the drives in PIO or MDMA mode?
    The PIO modes (0-4) are old, obsolete techniques. Multiword DMA (0-2) is the predecessor of Ultra DMA (0-5) and was never widely implemented. PIO and MDMA don't have a Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) for error detection and correction. Thus it's always recommended that you use UDMA when possible.

  • CloneCD reports 'LOGICAL UNIT NOT READY' resp. 'Timeout on logical unit'.
    Either the cable connection to the drive is broken/disturbed or the mainboard driver cannot forward the command, or another program is disturbing the communication with the drive, or the drive simply doesn't respond to a CloneCD command.

  • I get the message 'Unable to load the device driver'.
    Uninstall CloneCD (Start->Program Files->SlySoft->CloneCD->Uninstall). Reboot. Install CloneCD again. Reboot the system before opening CloneCD.

  • I want to erase or overwrite the ATIP information on my blank disc.
    The ATIP information is located in a area of the blank disc that the writer cannot reach. It cannot be erased on any CD or CDRW.

  • Why can my car radio play my protected audio CDs when my DVD-ROM cannot read it?
    Audio CDs often do not conform to the Redbook standard. Often they have somehow exotic data structures; The error correction that is built in the reader often tries to correct the structure and falsifies it (that's the trick of audio copy protection). Sometimes it cannot even identify any CD in the drive. If the error correction cannot be disabled and the drive does not understand the content on the CD, CloneCD can do nothing to make it readable. That's a hardware issue.
    Car CD players and standalone CD players just filter out the errors and do not try to correct them. So you are able to hear music.
    CD drives in PCs are more fussy as they do not try to filter out the errors. They want to read and write corrected data errors.
    Generally CD writers read audio CDs more reliably than DVD-Roms. But even writers that read almost all CDs are rare.

  • What profile should I use for Karaoke CDs?
    Karaoke CDs are multimedia CDs. So the 'multimedia' profile is the best choice. Please be aware that readers and writers have to be able to handle CD text and 96 bytes subchannel data to copy karaoke CDs.

  • How can the quality of the audio data be improved?
    The quality of the copy first depends on the DAE (Digital Audio Extraction) abilities of the reader. In CloneCD you can choose the accuracy of the reading process by a right-clicking on the 'Audio-CD' profile. Instructions on how to use the profiles can be found in the CloneCD help, accessed by pressing 'H'.

  • The first track of my copied audio CD does not work
    That sometimes happens if the CD is protected with CactusDataShield. Many CD players cannot read the first track because it is somehow mixed up with the data of the copy protection.

  • The CD does not work. But I got the message 'Burn process successful'.
    Soundss like you used Nero. The confirmation window of CloneCD simply says 'done'. Success is relative ;)

  • I had a blue screen with CloneCD.
    That could be the result of a driver or hardware conflict. If the system crashes and you see the blue screen, please note the error message. That can be impotant to solve the conflict. To stop Windows2000/XP restarting after every error you can disable that option in the Advanced System Options.

  • CD Master Clone is a load of rubbish!
    That may be, but CD Master Clone is not one of our products. Our CD duplicater is CloneCD.

  • What is the difference between CD-R and CD-RW?
    CD-R blanks have a completely different coating than CD-RWs. On a CD-R, bumps are burnt into the coating. That can be interpreted as a '0'. CD-RWs have a crystalline coating that changes its appearance when it is hit by the laser. The strength of the data (and also of the protection) is weaker on a CD-RW. This leads to the phenomenon when the copy on a CD-RW can be used, while the same copy on a CD-R does not work.

  • What is Hide-CDR?
    The 'Hide CD-R' function is a special feature from CloneCD and should work on most Windows systems, regardless of the burner type. Some games check whether there is a blank in the writer, a so-called ATIP check. Read-only devices cannot do an ATIP check. By activating the CloneCD tray tool you are able to hide CD-R media from being detected by protected programs with a right-click onto the referring icon. This useful tool can be activated in the CloneCD menu (Start->Programs->CloneCD->CloneCD Tray).

  • I try to burn and get a 'Command Sequence Error' or 'LOGICAL UNIT NOT READY'.
    This error appears if the writer firmware or the mainboard drivers are too old to accept control instructions from CloneCD. Please update these drivers.

  • What burner is really inside my creative case?
    RW8432E Plextor8432A. RW8433E Panasonic CW-7585. RW8435E SamsungSW208. RW8436E BTC BCE 832IE. RW8437E. RW8438E Samsung 8x4x32. RW8439E Panasonic CW-7586.

  • Do I have to create a cue-sheet?
    The creation of a cue-sheet is optional. Cue-sheet is a special kind of file that can be used by a burning program to provide information to another burning program to allow it to burn the image. For the normal copying process with only CloneCD involved a cue-sheet is not required.

  • I downloaded a .cue file from the internet and cannot burn it with CloneCD.
    A cue-sheet for CloneCD will not work alone. You need the other two files as well (.img and .ccd) You can open the .cue-file with notepad and have a look at the exact names of the other two files.

  • I want to copy a DVD with CloneCD.
    From CloneCD 5.0 you can copy DVDs as well. Please read the history file in download section for more details

  • Can CloneCD improve the EFM-ability of my writer?
    The EFM coding and decoding process cannot be optimized as it's already perfect. The problem is DSV. ;) The EFM (eight to fourteen modulation) allows hardware-based copying of weak sectors. The EFM modulation system is used to convert 8-bit encoded signals into 14-bit signals to match digital signals to disc transmission characteristics. This method is used for Safedisk 2 protected CDs.

  • My HP 8100+ does not work with CloneCD.
    The HP8100+ can only burn in RAW-SAO mode. You can read in the CloneCD help ->device settings how to activate this mode for CloneCD.

  • Error: 'Access violation at address 0207b8dc in module msieftp.dll'
    I have created an image and want to burn it to CD. I click on the 'write from image file' button.
    Then I click on 'browse'
    I recieve an error: Acces violation at address 0207b8dc in module 'msieftp.dll'.
    Read of Address 00000000
    That message may appear when windows adresses virtual drives or network drives and an error occurs. One of the modules that is involved in the process (.dll) responds with the error and stops the search for drives. It's not really caused by CloneCD. Please check if you have located the image on a drive that is located on a virtual or real network. Copy the image file on your root hard-disc. That should work.

  • I receive the error message 'drive is not compatible in read mode normal'.
    That indicates that you have activated software error correction only. Please change to hardware again. Modern drives from Plextor or LiteOn, for example, do not support that.

  • I start CloneCD and recieve a 'Kernel32' error.
    If the kernel generates an error then an instable system is the cause. Unfortunately there exists no documentation of Windows. Errors with stack values could only be resolved by the development team of the operating system. We can only advise you to clean up your system and defragment your hard-drive. That may resolve the problem if the system is unstable.

  • CloneCD says it has no exclusive access to the drive.
    This indicates that another driver is active and prevents CloneCD from accessing the drive. That could be any software that is able to access the drive. Drivers that are known for such a behaviour are, for example, DirectCD/DVD, InCD/DVD, Alcohol120 ...


Installation
You must be logged on as an Administrator or have administration rights before installing our products. The installation wizard will guide you through the installation in seconds. Please restart your computer after the installation is complete.

How to Update
If you have already installed one or more of our products you can easily update them by installing the most recent version on top of them. Your computer must be restarted for the updated version to work properly.

Important Note
Our products are offered as 'try-before-you-buy'. You can try them free for 21 days in order to evaluate the software and the functions before you proceed here and actually make a purchase. If you proceed here you accept our purchase terms and SlySoft Inc. does not refund your money if you are not satisfied with our products.


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