When Express Rip is started it will automatically detect any Audio CDs in all CD-ROM drives. The main display will list all track names and durations for the CD in the first drive. Any time you eject a CD or load a new one, Express Rip will detect this and refresh the display.
Note: If Express Rip does not detect any tracks on your CD, or the tracks have strange looking names, please verify your audio CD files have a .cda file extension. If they do not, then Express Rip will not be able to properly read the audio files. In such situations, it is likely the files are stored as data on your CD, so you should be able to use File Explorer to copy and paste the files from the CD to your hard drive.
Note: You cannot run Express Rip in Restricted User mode due to limitations in how Windows deals with CD drives.
If you have an active Internet connection, a cddb Internet lookup will be performed on all inserted CDs by default, to attempt to retrieve the names of the album, artist and all the tracks (see Program Options for more details). If you do not have an Internet connection or if the lookup cannot be performed for whatever reason, the track names will default to "Track xx", where "xx" is the number of the track. If you wish to change the names, you can do so by clicking on a track and selecting File -> Rename Track from the menu.
NOTE: Under standard Windows naming conventions, the following characters are not permitted to be used in file names:
\ / : * ? " < > |
If any of the above characters are detected, they will be removed.
Selecting Tracks to Extract
The main window lists all audio tracks on the CD in the selected drive, each with a checkbox positioned on its left. For every track you wish to extract to your hard drive, simply click on its respective checkbox. If you change your mind and do not wish to extract a selected track, simply click its checkbox again to deselect it.
To select all tracks, either click Select -> Select All from the menu or press Ctrl+A on the keyboard.
To deselect all tracks, either click Select -> Unselect All from the menu or press Ctrl+U on the keyboard.
If you wish to play a track at any time, you can do so by selecting the track and either clicking the "Play" button, or pressing the F9 key.
Selecting the Output File Format
Next to the text labeled "Output Format" is a list of formats to which you can extract the audio tracks. The choice of formats is as follows:
When the tracks are extracted, they will be stored in the output folder specified in the "Output Folder" box, and given the same names as shown in the main list (appended by the appropriate file extension - see Program Options section). If you wish to change the folder in which to store the files, simply click on the "Browse" button adjacent to the Output Folder box, and select a new folder in the browser windows that opens.
Single Track or Multiple Track Output
You can select if all the selected tracks will be ripped to separate files (default) or if they will all be ripped to one file named 'AllTracks'. To do this select the File menu and select the option you desire.