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hey balto....i rented alot of games from blockbuster and i used nero to copy them..i just used the straight copy cd method....(i don't know if they work cause my ps2's getting modded right now)...i also burned these at various speeds ..some at 16..some at 4 and some even at 32x.....now my question is..is it bad for the ps2 to read discs at such a high speed and should i take those copied discs and recopy them at 4x?..will i lose quality also?..all in all what's a good speed.
4x is generally regarded as the most compatible speed for PS2 backups. You might not have any kind of problem by recording at 16x or 32x, but if you do, try burning at 4x. It's kinda hard to predict whether you'll have problems or not, since most PS2s react differently to different types of media and different burning speeds.
Hope this helps!
What he said...
You'll just have to wait and see how your machine reacts and whether you need to reburn any of those backups. Just read them in no faster than 4x and burn them back at 4x. As time passes, you can try upping the speed in multiples of 4 (4x, 8x, 16x, 32x) and see how your laser tolerates them.
For the life of me, I can't understand why folks are in such an all-fired hurry to burn a game disc as fast as they possibly can. Are the few minutes saved really that important?
The slower the burn, the more time the laser has to focus on the media and the deeper and more concise the depth and length of the data pits. The faster you go, the more shallow and elongated they become (and then you wonder why they won't boot, skip, or don't play right...)