Frequently Asked Questions



What are DAE drive features?
"All CDROM drives are not created equal" When we say DAE drive features we talk about the audio reading capabilities of a CD-ROM drive.

Why is it useful to know these features?
If you want to perform accurate digital audio extraction it is necessary to know your drive(s) features.

Who submits these features?
All records found in our database are user submitted.

How do I test my drive(s) features?
There is a guide on how to determine this information at the wiki.
To test for overreading & read offsets insert an audio CD from this list & press the Detect read sample offset correction value button on the Extraction Method tab of the Drive Options dialog box (F10). To obtain reliable results you should get consistence values reported from at least 3 different CDs.
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I've registered, but haven't received an email?
Your ISP or your spam software may have deemed the incoming email from our servers as being spam. Check the location of where-ever your spam gets filtered to. Failing that, contact us via email and we'll manually set your password and pass that on to you.

How do I know who manufactured my drive?
The manufacturer, model and type information can be found from within EAC. The image above shows us the text PLEXTOR DVDR PX-708A Adapter: 1 ID:0. From this text we can obtain the information we require:
Manufacturer: PLEXTOR Type: DVDR Model: PX-708A How do I read my drive(s) firmware version? Download Nero InfoTool, unzip, & run InfoTool.exe. Select the drive that you want to retrieve information from in the top left list box. The firmware version of the selected drive can be found in the General section of the Drive tab.

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What is this HTOA field?
HTOA is an acronym for Hidden Track One Audio. This isn't exactly an established term but it describes the feature adequately. Some audio discs contain hidden audio prior to the real track 1. But, there is a problem for some drives to retrieve this audio since they were not designed with this feature in mind.
Thankfully, there is an easy way to test for this. See the page dedicated to this subject.