[21:27:39 PM] Smarte signs found
[21:27:44 PM] Smarte detected -> G:\Age of Empires III\age3.exe
[21:27:53 PM] — File(s) Scan Finished [8.72s] —
Thanks to A-Ray Scanner for that.
Just use Alcohol to make an Image (General Protected CD). Mount that with Daemon Tools and you are good to go. I tried both my AOpen 1648pro and my NEC 3520A to make the image and both drives produced a working image. It’s possible that lower quality CD readers won’t make sufficiently accurate images and the game will do strange things part way through (ie fading to black, color distortion). I have played the whole game, all campaigns, with the image from my AOpen 1648pro without a problem. I hope MS uses SmartE from now on :).
I’ll report back with backup copy success/non-success.