> So is the preferred program Exact Audio Copy?
Ideally you'd do this, but it tends to require specific drives and it's not always clear how to do certain parts of it. That said, for console games it's largely a matter of finding a redump.org set and running it through u3 or later CHDMAN to get a MESS compatible archival-quality dump.
I should note that it only matters for mixed data/audio CDs - for CDs which are data only like CPS3 and many others in MAME you can rip with anything since there are no offsets in that case.
Edited by R. Belmont (09/20/10 03:54 PM)