When I first got my hands on CloneCD 5.0, I was surprised first to see it still existed, and even more surprised to see its rather hefty cost of $39. The fact remains that there is a need for a program that can bypass all the ridiculous copy protection schemes that video game and other software manufacturers are implementing into their software. CloneCD 5.0 does that small target of tasks very well, and in a super simple format. The interface might not wow you or attract others to ask what it is, but it is as simple as you could ever want in a software title, and enough to get the tasks done.
CloneCD 5.0’s most critical flaw, I believe, is their desire to add new features to their product listing. Most notably is the addition of DVD format supports. However, as you unwrap this package, it is clear that this is far from a complete disk backup solution. In order to copy any protected DVD movies at all, you would need to purchase and install AnyDVD as well.
Fortunately, there are bundled prices if consumers need to purchase AnyDVD at the same time as CloneCD. This can save you a few bucks, but the prices still add up. It will be interesting to see how long Slysoft continues this product title, or if they decide to eventually merge it with their fantastic CloneDVD title.