DEC 40th anniversary CD

Philip Pemberton philpem at
Mon Oct 6 17:01:16 CDT 2008

Al Kossow wrote:
> The disc is a hybrid audio/isofs, so I wasn't able to figure out how to 
> make
> an image. A tarball of the isofs part is up now under

Assuming you're using Linux or some other *nix variant, "cdparanoia" will 
extract the audio tracks as WAV files. Your best bet with those is probably to 
compress them as "flac" files (Free Lossless Audio Codec). You can go from WAV 
to FLAC and back again, compare the audio data from the WAV with the 
decompressed file, and they'll be bit-for-bit identical. Compression isn't as 
good as the lossy formats (and if you're going to use one of those, please 
make it Ogg Vorbis, bitrate-for-bitrate the quality is far better than MP3) 
but if you're after archiving, it's a better choice than keeping WAV files around.

For the ISOFS bit, good old "dd" works a treat. Or perhaps "readcd".

If you want to make an exact copy of the disc, you're going to need something 
like cdrdao to read and image the disc and create a "cuesheet" (which 
basically tells the authoring software what's on each track and allows you to 
use a CD recorder to make a near-identical copy).

philpem at

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