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Developer(s)Golden Hawk Technology
Stable release
4.0 / May 28, 2010; 10 years ago (2010-05-28)
Operating systemWindows 95 and later

CDRWIN was a CD/DVD burning software for Microsoft Windows developed by Golden Hawk Technology company.[1] "It progressed from lone wolf Jeff Arnold's hobby to a full-blown recording software that equals the power, performance, and features of many of the programs from the big boys."[2]

Once popular, CDRWIN's usage has diminished due to the bundling of limited versions of other software packages, such as Nero Burning ROM and Roxio Easy CD Creator, with new computers and optical drives.


CDRWin opens to a window with large buttons. This includes buttons for Record Disc, Copy Disc, Tools, Contents, Settings, Unlock, and Exit. Each button shows the user a window that allows him to do the appropriate task. The Record Disk window lets the user choose the target recorder, recording options such as test mode, speed, and beep at completion, and set up an attached Kodak Disc Transporter. The Copy Disc window lets the user select whether he wants to copy a disc, a track or certain sectors. It can copy audio or data disks. For mixed and Raw data there is the possibility to adjust the Mode 1 and Mode 2 transfer to Mode 1 Form 1. Also enabling or disabling jitter correction and setting subcode options is available. There is a graphical representation of the disc while copying. The Tools button lets the user set source and destination devices, and the type of operation to be performed. These types of operations include making image files, copying discs to real images, and copying a SCSI device to the CD recorder. The Contents button will show disc information. This includes the number and type of tracks, the number of sessions, and the total disc time. The Settings windows allow the user to set up and choose the reader and recorder, any SCSI hard drive to be used, and the Kodak Disc Transporter, if attached.[1]

Unique features

CDRWIN was known for its unique features such as analyzing the TOC of a CD.[citation needed] It is also one of the programs which introduced the cue sheet format.

PlayStation TOC Protection

CDRWIN was mostly used during the PlayStation era. People could back up PlayStation games quickly and easily, and soon discovered that its unique cuesheet operations allowed them to alter the TOC for any CD being duplicated, provided the CD-Writer supported writing an invalid TOC. Most CD-Writing software could not make copies or images of the CD if the TOC was invalid. This problem was overcome when CDRWIN was released and duplication was made more accessible when Nero Burning ROM was updated to support this type of copying.

See also


  1. ^ a b Starrett, R.A. (May 1997). "A Windows 95 CD-recordable software compendium". EMedia Professional. Online Inc. 10 (5): 70–4, 76–80, 82–4. ISSN 1090-946X.
  2. ^ Starrett, Robert A. (1999). "I was Wrong". EMedia. 12 (12): 44. ISSN 1525-4658.

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