CloneCD 5.3.2.1

Reviewed by Chad Faith

"CloneCD copies copy protected CDs"

Overview

CloneCD is a software program developed by SlySoft, one of the most popular and respectable CD and DVD burners developers at the moment. Truth be told, their efforts have not been in vain, as this utility has received very high ratings and even the number one place in the game copy software utilities tops available on the market. The reason for this praising is quite simple: it proved to be reliable and efficient in removing and emulating the copy protection of most video games. Moreover, it incorporates all the tools you need in order to create high-quality copies of your favorite console and PC games.

While the older versions of CloneCD were designed to focus entirely on CDs, with the introduction of the 5.0 versions, the software enables users to work with DVD formats as well. In addition to the CD and DVD formats, this software can also create ISO and UDF files. In case you are not familiar with image file copying and emulation, you will be happy to know that this software includes a graphic user interface that enables people with less technical knowledge to manipulate the data.

Installation

In order to install CloneCD on your computer, you must be logged in as administrator or at least have admin rights. Other than that, the installation is extremely simple and fast, as you need to follow the instructions of the setup wizard. After the installation is complete, you will be asked to reboot the computer so that the software becomes active. What is great about it is that you can try the utility out for twenty-one days, which is enough time to decide if you want to purchase it or not. It is important to note that the trial version of the software includes all the options and features that you can access in the paid version as well.

In case you want to give this tool a try, then make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements, meaning it should have 16 MB of free space on a FAT32 partition and a processor of at least 500 MHz. You will not be asked to install adware or other applications on your computer during the installation, which is a big plus for the developers.

Interface

Besides the easy installation, the CloneCD software also includes a very intuitive interface that consists of four main navigation commands: Erase a CD, Burn an Image, Create an Image and Copy a CD. To make things even simpler, the utility incorporates a GUI, which is a pre-made profile for the graphic user interface that will help people who are clueless about this to make the correct settings when creating, burning or copying an image file.

Moreover, in case you are having trouble with the software, you can find all the answers and solutions to your problems on the SlySoft forum, located in the help section of their official website. Even though some users have complained regarding the quality of the customer support services, it is important to note that you will find detailed guides and instructions to common and rare issues on their forums.

Pros

Even though it is a bit pricy, the truth is that nobody has complained about the quality of the images created using this CD burner. Another great thing about CloneCD is that it can create copies for PC usage as well as PS1, PS2 and XBox games.

Cons

The main problem with this software is that the price for the full version reaches almost sixty dollars. Nonetheless, if you were to look closely on the pricing list on the SlySoft website, you will notice that you can get important discounts if you meet a few criteria.

Alternatives

The most popular alternatives of the CloneCD are the Alcohol 120%, Power ISO, Daemon Tools and UltraISO Premium.  

Conclusion

Overall, the CloneCD is a simple software utility to use and it includes all the basic features any home user will ever need. Even though it has a higher price, the truth is that the end results you can attain with it compensate for that.

Requirements: 500MHz, 16 MB

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested CloneCD on 17 Jan 2016 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avast:

    Clean
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
CloneCD Antivirus Report
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