I’m trying to make a legitimate backup copy of Halo using a recently purchased copy of BlindWrite v18.104.22.168 and I also downloaded the bwabuilder 5.1 utility to create a topology image of the cd. BlindWrite reads the cd just fine and creates an image and the log file indicates that a topology image is not necessary. I tried burning the copy using a Plextor PX-W2410A drive which supports the DAO PW method (which was preferred). In trying to use the backup as a startup disk for the installed game, it continually tries to read the cd. Whatever it is looking for is not found and so the game does not start.
I tried creating a topology image of the original cd, but the bwabuilder 5.1 utility almost immediately stops with a sector 800 read error. In using an older version of this utility on another game cd, this never happened. I can’t believe that the Halo backup would not require a topology image to enhance the probability of producing a runnable backup.
I have tried the new tweaker and I must say it is a very useful utility for Blindwrite. Whatever I do, Blindwrite cannot create a runnable backup and bwabuilder 5.1 will not allow continue past the read error in order to create a topology image.
Is there an older version of bwabuilder that I can use to create a topology image that would be compatible with Blindwrite v22.214.171.124? And if so, where can I download it from.
I would think that a topology utility such as bwabuilder would mark the sector as bad in the topology image and continue. This would allow Blindwrite to somehow force a bad sector during its backup that includes the .bwa file.
Am I wrong in thinking that I might still need a topology image even though Blindwrite tells me that I don’t need it?
I’ve already spent multiple hours on this and I am grasping for any help that I can get.