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3-4] How do I copy game console discs (e.g. Playstation, Dreamcast)




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This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (fadden@fadden.com) with numerous contributions by others.

3-4] How do I copy game console discs (e.g. Playstation, Dreamcast)

(2002/05/10)

For PCs, CloneCD (6-1-49) or CDRWIN (6-1-7) should work as well as anything.
For Macs, Astarte's CD-Copy (6-2-8) used to be recommended but may no
longer be available.

Note that the software does NOT defeat the copy protection. I'm told
that the "copy protection" on Playstation discs is in fact a region code
-- America, Europe, Japan -- encoded near the start of the disc. The "MOD
chip", a device attached to the Playstation that defeats one aspect of the
copy protection, emulates the country code reading process. It sends all
three region codes back, enabling the game console to play original discs
from other regions as well as copied discs. Some people say the code is
written in a block with damaged ECC, some say it's in the barcode on the
hub, others have insisted that it's in the ATIP region of the lead-in.
Whatever the case, it doesn't get copied by a CD recorder, and claims of
hacked recorder firmware that can create MOD-chip-free duplicates are false.

Instructions for copying discs and vendors who sell MOD chips can be found
by searching the net. If you don't have a PC, or if your drive doesn't
support disc-at-once recording, you will need to look for disc copying
instructions on the net.

Sega Dreamcast discs use a proprietary format, called GD-ROM, which can
hold 1GB of data. This makes it impossible to make an exact copy, though
it is possible in many cases to copy "enough" stuff to make them work.
Persistent rumors claiming that CeQuadrat's PacketCD can copy the discs
are false. GD-R (Gigabyte Disc Recordable) media has two regions, a
"single-density" area near the hub and a "high-density" area farther out.
A visual inspection of GD-R media suggests that the single-density area
starts at about 22mm from the disc's center (same as a CD-R) and goes
to 29mm. From 29mm to 31mm is a "no-mans" land that isn't recordable,
and the high-density area goes from 31mm to 58mm. An image of one is
available on http://www.fadden.com/cdrpics/.

Incidentally, posting requests or advertisements for pirated software on
one of the non-warez Usenet groups is generally regarded as a mark of
extreme stupidity. Whatever your opinion of software piracy, it is against
the law in much of the world.


 

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