Sunday, November 18, 2007

Backing up a non-PC CD

For the most part, under Gnome anyway, backing up a standard data CD is usually a right click away, Copy Disc, and choosing File Image.

How about a CD that wasn't made for a PC?

In this case, I'm backing up a Playstation game.

1. Find out where your CD/DVD drive in terms of /dev
grep cd /etc/fstab

It should return something like this:
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec 0 0

2. Now we have what we need, mine is /dev/scd0, make sure the CD is inserted ;)
umount /dev/scd0

I am going to name the files top.bin and top.toc, rename to whatever you prefer

cdrdao read-cd --read-raw --datafile top.bin --device /dev/scd0 --driver generic-mmc-raw top.toc

Then just wait. :)

Then enjoy!

I use pcsx, and it is nice that some games can be run without the Sony bios... I chose to backup Tales of Phantasia due to this fan translation.
Their site provides a link to where you can purchase a copy of ToP.

I have been waiting a long time for this version to be translated... This group has been working on this for over 7 years now... Their dedication is amazing. I am not sure what the patch will look like, but it is easy to covert a .bin to an .iso using bchunk if need be.

More on that later ;)

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