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Wear on the laser from ripping - concern or not?
Wear on the laser from ripping - concern or not? –
What I've been doing is ripping my games to HDD using Open Manager, and then copying the directories to USB HDD so I can copy them back if need be without re-ripping them. I'm hearing all this about ripping putting wear on the laser - does anyone know how much more it's likely to wear the laser? I've ripped eight games to date.
To be honest how can a laser be overworked within its specification of course it is going to using the laser and therefore "Wearing it out" to a certain degree but no more that playing 8 games for the same lenght of time as it take you to rip them! so say a hour a game to rip to hdd its only like playing a game for 8 hours.
You better not wear out that mechanical hdd now you've put all your games on there!!! no only kidding
Not much more than playing the game regularly would do, but as it's all in one go it could potentially kill a laser that's already close to failure.
I think the theory is based on operation time and workload. Your drive is constantly reading the disc when ripping from start to end, once done theoretically you would be using it less than you would if you had the disc operating for hours while you play.
As a rule I'd say if you rip a game, give the PS3 a rest to let it cool off, don't rip game after game after game. Once you've ripped the game once, you'll save operation time on the lens because the drive would be reading certain parts of the disc over and over, where as using a rip the PS3 would have only needed to read that part of the disc once using the laser.
TL;DR - Game ripping is worth it, playing your games for hours would wear the lens more. Just don't rip loads of discs one after another would be my advice.
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In the long run, playing the backups from a hard drive is better for your laser. You are certainly using it a lot less and is a smarter way of playing games if you don't care for online game play.