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backing-up current cd and dvd based PC games
backing-up current cd and dvd based PC games –
I've been out of the PC field for ahwile until I got my new comp, went and bought a crap load of new games, and I want to back them all up so I don't screw 'em up, but using methods I used a couple years ago, none of them work. It appears to be a 1:1 copy, with all the on-disk files being the same size, but the back-up is always just a few kb or mb smaller than the origional. I"m trying to back up ones like myst IV, battlefiled 1942 trilogy..... is there a good refence site around anywhere to read up on how to do this? TIA
their is a new protection on discs, you need special software, or patches, or something I haven't done it in a long ass time either, but be aware of the protection.
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If you do a 1:1 copy using a decent sw there can't be any difference in size. There are only a few type of protections that are hard to beat, Tages is one of them and Starforce is the other. Other than those two anything can be copied as 1:1 using a decent burner/reader/sw combination. Of course if you do a backup and it does not work, you still can use one of the cracks that are made by the heroes, hehe....
yeah, the overall ISO size is off by a few mb usually, but as I sadi, all the fiels appear to be the same size on both discs. Maybe the protection messes with the physical structure of the disc or something. time to read, read, read. thanks
No, the size of the iso's must be the same. The easiest protection is to look up where the leadout is, and there you go, it's a backup if the leadout lba does not match the original. And if the sizes of the iso's are different, the leadout won't be at the same physical address. File sizes are the same, as the TOC + directory structure is inside the iso, if you should get different !file! size, the chances you're having a bad ram/cable/cpu or any combination of these. (as that would be a data loss during the image transfer)