Since we have a couple of lists here, I thought Jonathan's was great and 
I'd like to add mine in his format:

Digital Audio Editors:
·     Samplitude Pro (recommended)
             Version 8.0 is due out RSN. I'm using 7.32a and really like it.
             It is, indeed, very gentle on the audio.
             Version differences at

Digital Audio Processing Tools:
>      CEDAR (Excellent but very expensive)
>      Waves—Audio Restoration (Very good)
         Algorithmix Sound Laundry for general cleaning
         Diamond Cut Six for certain problems

Ripping software:
       Exact Audio Copy
              A long-time favorite of mine.

I'll discuss hard drives in an answer to Steve's message.

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