Reading native Kurzweil CDs

It's hard to find a CD-ROM-Drive that works fine with the K. Unfortunately, Windows (and Linux and...) doesn't read native Kurzweil cds properly. Here's a little program that reads the cd-roms and copies all the data to your hard disk. It has been written under Win98 (!), it runs under NT/2000 too, but the WinAspi-Layer should be set up properly. You might need Administrator privileges.
On WinXP, you need to install ASPI (from Adaptec) to read cd-roms directly. For later versions of Windows (e.g. Win7), you have two options:

The usage of kcdread is quite simple: choose the drive, change the destination directory if you want, the click "copy".

WARNING! Windows programmers normally don't think about K2x00-CDs when they write device drivers. DO NOT TRY TO ACCESS YOUR CD WITH WINDOWS EXPLORER OR SIMILAR. It's easy to crash your system by doing so. Severe data loss may happen.

The author ("Marc Halbrügge") makes NO WARRANTY of any kind, expressed or implied, including any warranties of fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will the author be liable for any incidental or consequential damages arising from the use of, or inability to use, this program.

kcdread Win32


If you are interested in helping on the developement, visit the KCdRead open source project.


© 2005 Marc Halbrügge