Using Exact Audio Copy (EAC) to Rip CDs to FLAC

This article is not an attempt to provide a complete guide or even a tutorial. It is, however, the procedure I personally use. There are so many guides/tutorials available that have slightly different recommendations, I simply needed a central place to record and remember a consistent procedure for myself. I welcome any constructive criticism to the chosen settings. Note: EAC Version 1.5 was used to create the screen captures.

During installation, do not install GD3 Metadata Plugin.

  1. EAC > EAC Options > Directories
    I’ve mapped “M:\Music” to my Synology DiskStation’s shared drive named, “Music.”
  2. EAC > EAC Options > Extraction
  3. EAC > EAC Options > General
  4. EAC > EAC Options > Tools
  5. EAC > EAC Options > Normalize
    Make sure Normalize is NOT enabled
  6. EAC > EAC Options > Filename
  7. EAC > Drive Options > Extraction Method
    Note: These options are specific to my Archgon MD-8107-U2 detected as a MATSHITADVD-RAM UJ8G2 external drive.
  8. EAC > Drive Options > Drive
  9. EAC > Drive Options > Offset / Speed
  10. EAC > Drive Options > Gap Detection
  11. EAC > Compression Options > External Compression
    Value set for “Additional command-line options”
    -6 -V -T “ARTIST=%artist%” -T “TITLE=%title%” -T “ALBUM=%albumtitle%” -T “DATE=%year%” -T “TRACKNUMBER=%tracknr%” -T “GENRE=%genre%” -T “COMMENT=%comment%” -T “BAND=%albuminterpret%” -T “COMPOSER=%composer%” %haslyrics%–tag-from-file=LYRICS=”%lyricsfile%”%haslyrics% -T “DISCNUMBER=%cdnumber%” -T “TOTALDISCS=%totalcds%” -T “TOTALTRACKS=%numtracks%” %hascover%–picture=”%coverfile%”%hascover% %source% -o %dest%
  12. EAC > Compression Options > ID3 Tag
  13. EAC > Metadata Options

Insert the CD that you want to RIP and choose the following:

  1. Respond to possible prompt regarding Tagging
  2. Normalize Artist column, if necessary
  3. If one does not already exist, manually create a folder for the Artist in the Music directory on the Synology. Double check the EAC > EAC Options > Directories mapping in Step 1 of the previous procedure.
  4. Notice that “Gap” column is currently “Unknown” for each track
  5. Action > Detect Gaps
  6. Notice that “Gap” column now has time values for each track
  7. Ensure that Action > Append Gaps To Previous Track (default) is selected
  8. Action > Create CUE Sheet > Multiple WAV Files With Gaps… (Noncompliant)
  9. Action > Test & Copy Selected Tracks > Compressed

Migrate Option Is Grayed Out

I’ve encountered this problem in a myriad of ESXi host versions and vCenter versions. For unknown reasons, I am able to migrate some VMs and not others. I’ve tried a number of resolutions in various KB articles, but the only approach that has worked thus far is removing the VM from inventory and adding it back.

Symptoms: Migrate, Move To, Remove from Inventory, and Delete from Disk options are greyed out for a powered-on VM.

To resolve this issue, remove the virtual machine from the vCenter Server Inventory and add it back. Note: When removing a virtual machine from the vCenter Server Inventory, the previous performance statistics for the virtual machine are lost.

Caution: Before performing these steps, make a note of the datastore where the virtual machine resides.

  1. In the vSphere Client, right-click the powered-off virtual machine and click Remove from Inventory.
  2. Click Yes when prompted to confirm the removal.
  3. Click Home > Storage
  4. Open the Datastore and folder where the VM’s vmx file is stored
  5. Right-click the .vmx file and click Register VM. This might be “Add to Inventory” in earlier versions.
  6. Follow the steps in the wizard to add the virtual machine back to the Inventory.
  7. Click Home > Hosts and Clusters.
  8. Right-click the virtual machine. The migrate option is now available.

Hello world! Blog 2.0

This is my humble attempt at breathing new life into my poor blogging habits (formerly homed on As the name might suggest, my day job involves things related to an IBM product line previously branded as, “Lotus.” However, I’ve found myself yearning to blog about a broader range of topics.

With much further ado, stay tuned for more posts by yours truly.

p.s. watch for excessive use of idioms