High Speed Burning via USB2.0 - Waitec FrisbyII

Backup Copies Of Protected Audio CDs, Continued

Since the writer clearly supports CloneCD's RAW-DAO mode, it should be possible to make backup copies.

We used ClonyXXL 2.0.0.6 to determine what kind of protection was being used.



Serious Sam2 is protected against piracy with Safedisk 2.51, and Comanche4 with Safedisk2.

To make a copy, we first created an image of the original CD with CloneCD. We then wrote the image to a CD-R. Finally, we checked to see whether we were able to install the copy and start the game.

Game Title Copy Protection Copy Works Read w Clone-CD Write w Clone-CD
Comanche 4 Save Disc V2 Yes 23:05 02:50
Serious Sam2 Save Disc V2.51 Yes 23:27 02:50

The FrisbyII is definitely not the fastest when it comes to copying games. Other writers were able to read the original CD in half the time. But the copies work - and that's the main thing.

Conclusion

Waitec's FrisbyII takes the honors as the current top performer for high-speed CD writing/rewriting using USB2.0. It even managed to outpace a competing 44x model. Special tasks such as backing up copy-protected games are no problem for this unit. Backing up copy-protected audio CDs was not possible, however.

The writing quality to CD-R media is good, but the FrisbyII's rewriting performance is not its strong point. Its reading performance with CD-RWs certainly is. Overall the writer/rewriter is a very capable performer, which gains extra brownie points for its highly capable error correction.

Measuring 15.8 x 3.9 x 21.5 cm (W x H x D) and weighing in at 1.1 kg (including power supply and cable), this drive is recommended for mobile computing. At 215 euros (street price) the unit is hardly a bargain. But, unfortunately, that's the price we have to pay for mobility.

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