EAC is often used to create an exact copy of a CD which can be stored in a digital media archive or library. The goal is to preserve all information from a CD, such that the CD can be recreated from an archive and or is playable from a library. With EAC, the original audio files and a .cue file, an exact copy can be made and with FLAC files, a lossless music library may be built. Creating a folder which contains the audio files and a cue file is done via the following method:
- Open EAC and insert the CD you wish to archive.
- If using the freedb plugin, select the correct cover art
- Verify that the downloaded information is complete and correct
- Convert all CD information to title case
- Remove any extra spaces
- Detect the CD’s gaps
- Create the cue sheet and album folders
- Rip the CD in Burst Mode, which creates the individual audio files
- Switch to Secure Mode and re-rip tracks any tracks that did not rip accurately
This process also creates an EAC log file in the same folder.