Alcohol 120%, that began strictly as an emulator disk image, is a part of DVD scenes from the advent of DVD burners. At first, gained notoriety for primarily used for piracy, but over time Alcohol 120% has proven that it is a legitimate player. The makers constantly improve the technology of the product to keep in step with changing the film and game makers continue to make their copy-protection schemes. Alcohol 120% is changed into a complete DVD imaging, backup, copy and solutions, all while continuing to make strides in its emulation capabilities.
Make no mistake about it, Alcohol 120% is a powerful, comprehensive DVD / CD copying software application. Does not disguise itself with a flashy graphical interface, instead it uses its workspace to offer a full customizability. There wasn’t a game or movie I threw at it is not able to successfully back up. In fact, if you fear losing or damaging the original copy of your software or movies, or if you want to store all the images on your hard drive instead of a big band CD, it is the software for you.
Help & Support
Being smaller, reasonably priced application, I was pleasantly surprised to see not only a FAQ, but also a support forum, a registered forum members, and a technical support email form. These are pretty nice options available, and from what I can tell, response time in the forum is very fast.
Like most smaller companies, phone support is not available, nor find any phone numbers on the website of Alcohol. Fortunately, there are various types of available support options, which would not be used, as it is a very fine quality piece of software.
Installation and setup
Alcohol 120% is very wide, yet still simple enough for new users. While Alcohol 120% offers full imaging and copying of software, the author has seen enough demand to help customers who require only the image backup capability through the creation of Alcohol 52%.
Users carefully system requirements need not cringe when they see the specs, because the only minimums are any Intel-or AMD-based PC and 32 MB of RAM. Alcohol as mentions on its website, the heftiest must really comes down to hard drive space, as each DVD disk can contain approximately 4 GB of data. Storing images on your hard drive or copy them to another disk requires more or less space, respectively.
One of the problems with the way the technology behind the Alcohol 120% works requires a reboot before even getting halfway through the installation. While easy enough, it is a continuous however, I would have preferred to see the end of installation versus the beginning.
Personally, I love these types of interfaces that Alcohol 120% offers – it’s clean, it is simple, yet still gives me all the power under each setting if I so choose. There are icons next to the main command, making it so easy to follow what the heck.
The three-pane interface also makes it easier if you are a user with multiple images, and it may change slightly. So if you have more virtual drive than you do the actual images, you can increase or decrease the size of one of your panes. This type of control on an interface is something advanced users very pleased.
That same power will undoubtedly make some new users still cringe. General approach to simple setting brings up a box full of options, with 14 different pages in it. Again, this is something that advanced users crave, but certainly overwhelming. The benefits of how Alcohol brings its interface to the user that the application works great from the simplest level.
Features are certainly not lacking in the Alcohol 120% program. At its core, Alcohol 120% is an advanced CD / DVD backup utility, designed to protect your original copy of any CD or DVD. But it is known for much more. In addition to standard copy, Alcohol 120% allows you not to just copy another CD or DVD, but also to copy the complete image directly to your hard drive.
The program also includes a virtual drive emulator. What that does is allow the software to create a fake CD / DVD drive, which can then load the CD / DVD image file you backed up and then treat it as if you have the actual CD / DVD drive. While there are other software titles available to do so, Alcohol 120% allows for an unprecedented number of virtual drives – 31! This means that you can backup 31 game disks, load a virtual drive for each other, and then move all your games without having to get up to find the CD binder where you left them . It is a tremendous convenience, especially considering the games that contain multiple CD or DVD, that interrupt your gameplay. You can create or delete the images as you need, and can of course back up to disk as well, if you’re running out of space.
You can also access the image files across your network, which comes in handy for teachers or employers, or anyone who is tired of remembering to take an installation from CD computer to computer.
The only current limitation can I find in Alcohol 120% is the inability to image or copy high-definition disks, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD. Although no other software titles that i is aware of that allow you to image these types of disks, there are applications available that allow for copying them.
Performance of this type of CD / DVD copying or imaging software that is very much dependent on the particular configuration that the user watch-system as well as models of DVD / CD-ROM drive they are using. In my experience, Alcohol 120% as well as perform any imaging software I used, and not once did it crash. The buffer underrun indicator during a session burning is useful if you are a great multitasker. As the system requirements showed, however, unless you are using a significantly older machine, you should have no problem using this program to its full capacity.