NU DDW-081/082 DVD±R/RW

 



To round off this review we will
run some advanced tests on the NU DDW-082. These tests are: making backups of
protected data and audio discs as well as some special discs test.

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Copy protected data discs:





For this test,
we will use the new CloneCD 4.3.2.2 version to make a backup of games containing
some of the most popular copy protections. In the screenshot below we see that
the NU DDW-082 supports all available write and read features in
CloneCD:


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NU DDW-082
supports DAO-RAW96 recording mode, which basically means it can write
uncorrected data and subchannel data. Below are our results for all the tested
games:


 

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Motoracer 3 is
protected with Tagé¨s, a protection that uses a very special sub channel
protection. So far no drives have been able to backup this game successfully.


 


Flé¥klypa grand
prix is a Norwegian game that is protected with CD Cops, again a very special
protection that is added during the manufacturing process. So far no drives have
been able to make a 100% working backup, a few drives in combination with a few
media types may make a backup that works in a few drives.


 


Desperados:
Wanted dead or alive is protected with Laserlok, a protection that takes very
long time to read for most drives, but most drives is able to make working
backups of this game.


 


The Diablo 2
expansion set is protected with SecuROM version 4.62.00 0100, a widely used
protection scheme. Writers able to read and write subchannel data correctly
should be able to backup this Game.


 


Grand Theft
Auto: Vice city is protected with a newer version of SecuROM: namely version
4.84.69 0071. Very few (if any) writers could reliably make working backups of
this protection. There is a few tricks that advanced users may use in
combination with some writers to make a backup that will at least work in some
drives, but this is still not a perfect copy.


 


Max Payne 2 is
protected with one of the most recent SecuROM versions: version 4.85.04. Very
few (if any) writers could reliably make working backups of this
protection.


 


Max Payne is
protected with the very popular Safedisc protection; the version used on Max
Payne is version 2.30.33. If a writer supports ‘Almost correct EFM encoding of
regular bit patterns” it will be able to backup this protection without
problems. If it does not support this you need to enable the ‘Amplify weak
sectors” option in CloneCD. This is a software trick to make most writers able
to backup most Safedisc protected games with weak sectors.



Serious Sam is
also protected with the very popular Safedisc protection; the version used on
Serious Sam is version 2.51.21. If a writer supports ‘Correct EFM encoding of
regular bit patterns” it will be able to backup this protection without
problems. If it does not support this you need to enable the ‘Amplify weak
sectors” option in CloneCD. This is a software trick to make most writers able
to backup most Safedisc protected games with weak sectors.


 


Command and
Conquer: Generals is another game protected with the very popular Safedisc
protection, the version used on Command and Conquer: Generals is version
2.80.10. If a writer supports ‘Correct EFM encoding of regular bit patterns” it
may be able to backup this protection without problems. If it does not support
this you need to enable the ‘Amplify weak sectors” option in CloneCD. This is a
software trick to make most writers able to backup most Safedisc protected games
with weak sectors. Note that some writers may still have problems with this
version.


 


The protection
on The Sims: Superstar expansion pack is also Safedisc protected, this time it’s
version 2.90.40. Very few writers are able to reliably make a working backup of
this protection. . If a writer supports ‘Correct EFM encoding of regular bit
patterns” it may be able to backup this protection without problems. If it does
not support this you need to enable the ‘Amplify weak sectors” option in
CloneCD. This is a software trick to make most writers able to backup most
Safedisc protected games with weak sectors. Note that some writers may still
have problems with this version.


 


And Vegas:
Make it BIG is yet another Safedisc protected game, this time it’s version
3.10.20. Very few writers are able to reliably make a working backup of this
protection. . If a writer supports ‘Correct EFM encoding of regular bit
patterns” it may be able to backup this protection without problems. If it does
not support this you need to enable the ‘Amplify weak sectors” option in
CloneCD. This is a software trick to make most writers able to backup most
Safedisc protected games with weak sectors. Note that some writers may still
have problems with this version.


The table
below shows the backup capabilities of the NU DDW-082:



















































Game ‘“

protection


CloneCD
Read
time


CloneCD
backup
works?


Motoracer 3
‘“
Tages


2m:11s


No


Flé¥klypa
‘“
CD-Cops


2m:9s


No


Desperados
‘“
Laserlok


16m:56s


Yes


Diablo 2
expansion ‘“
SecuROM v4.62.00 0100


2m:17s


Yes


GTA
Vice City

‘“
SecuROM v4.84.69 0071


2m:16s


No


Max Payne 2

SecuROM v4.85.04


2m:7s


No


Max Payne
‘“
Safedisc v2.30.33


14m:26s


Yes*


Serious Sam
‘“
Safedisc v2.51.21


15m:38s


Yes*


C&C:
Generals ‘“
Safedisc v2.80.10


12m:15s


No


The Sims:
Superstar ‘“
Safedisc v2.90.40


12m:29s


No


VEGA$ – Make
it big ‘“
Safedisc v 3.10.20


12m:54s


No


*Only with
amplify Weak Sector enabled.

Settings for CloneCD: Read subchannel data
and write them uncorrected.
Fast Error Skip: enabled.
Intelligent bad sector scanner:
enabled and set to 100-error skip. First we tried to write with AWS(Amplify Weak
sectors) disabled, if that did not work we wrote again with AWS enabled, as a
last attempt we tried the emulate option as well.


Drives used to
verify that the backup works: Toshiba SD-M1612 and JLMS XJ-HD165H, No emulators
or ATIP hiders is running while testing the backup copy.


The NU DDW-082
did average this test as it’s an average/okay reader, but the writing
capabilities is not among the best due to the fact that it do not support
‘correct EFM encoding of regular bit patterns”. This makes it unable to backup
the latest safedisc protected games.


Copy protected Audio:




For our
protected audio test we used the Exact Audio Copy program. We inserted the
protected audio discs and if the drive was able to recognize the disc we tried
to extract the music tracks to the hard drive. First let us look at the discs we
had available for this test:


 


Westlife:
World of our own is protected with Cactus data shield 100.


 


Natalie Imbruglias White lilies Island. This disc is protected with
Cactus Datashield 200


 


Shakira:
Laundry service, which is protected with Key2Audio version 2.


 


And finally
Celine Dion: A new day has come, that is protected with key2audio version
3


Results:























Protected

Audio


Protection
version


Exact Audio
Copy


Westlife:

World of our own


Cactus data shield
100


Reads the disc
without
problems.


Natalie
Imbruglia:
White lilies island


Cactus data shield
200


Reads the disc
without
problems.


Shakira:

Laundry Service


Key2Audio version
2


Reads the disc
without
problems.


Celine Dion:

A new day has come


Key2Audio version
3


Reads the disc
without
problems.


The NU DDW-082
is superb at reading protected audio discs, to be honest it’s the best drive we
have had for a long time. It recognizes the discs extremely fast, and it rips at
full speed with zero problems. Simply outstanding.


Overburning:




To test the
overburning capabilities of the NU DDW-082 we used the overburning test in Nero
CD/DVD-Speed. According to Nero CD/DVD speed the drive can overburn to more than
99 minutes:


 


To make sure
that it actually works we wrote a 99 minutes long disc in Nero Burning
ROM:


 


No problems
with the writing so we tried to read a 99 minutes disc:


 


Outstanding!
The drive reached a top speed of 47.53x and did not have any problems with
reading the 99min disc.


8CM CD-R and
pocket card CD-R discs:






Now we will try to
read and write 8cm CD-R discs and pocket card CD-R discs from
Memorex.


8cm CD-R disc:


 





























Brand:


Memorex


Manufacturer:


CMC
Magnetics


Code:


97m26s66f


Disc
Type:


CD-R


Recording
Layer:


Dye Type
6: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)


Capacity:


23:59.74
(210.64MB)


Certified
Speed:


24x


Write
Speed:


16x
CLV


Write
Time:


1m:53s


 


The NU DDW-082 did
not have any problems with writing and reading the 8cm CD-R disc.


Pocket card CD-R:


 





























Brand:


Memorex


Manufacturer:


CMC
Magnetics


Code:


97m26s66f


Disc
Type:


CD-R


Recording
Layer:


Dye Type
6: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)


Capacity:


06:00.00
(52.44MB)


Certified
Speed:


Not
specified


Write
Speed:




Write
Time:



But the NU
DDW-082 was unable to recognize the credit card disc, both empty and full disc
was not recognized. All it did was to make some nasty clicking sounds inside and
then nothing more.


Now, that
concludes our NU DDW-082, head on to the last page to read our
conclusion…

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