I am not one to condone pirating, after all the creator of the product, song, or movie should be paid for their efforts. Pirating costs us all money. However under copyright laws, and in reference to software, backing up your software by making one copy, as long as itâ€™s not sold, is completely legal. However, the mighty conglomerate Microsoft decided to block several of their games from being copied, with Safe Disc technology, an anti-copying system created by the same people that created Macrovision. Not one to stay quiet I called Microsoft and they told me that making one backup copy is permitted as long as its not sold. The problem is that the game HALO COMBAT EVOVLED, will not work when copied. I explained this to them whereas they basically said, â€œWe can send you a backup copy for $23.95.â€ This got me upset so I found a way to make a copy where I want to share it here.
For those of you wanting to make ONE copy please do the following;
- Download â€œAlcohol 120%â€;
- Once its installed open the program and choose â€œViewâ€ from the File menu;
- Select â€œOptionsâ€ and go down to â€œExtra Emulationâ€;
- Select all three options;
- Load the CD into the CD bay and click â€œOKâ€;
- Select the option â€œSkip Reading Errorsâ€
- Click on â€œNextâ€ and the CD will start copying. Note there will read â€œbad blocksâ€ and it will take about 25-35 minutes to copy, this is normal.
- When it reaches 100% the CD will pop out and simply enter a blank CD.
- When it finishing copying you will have a full working copy.
Now I am not going to sit here and warning you about selling the CD, this is up to you. I simply wanted a backup copy. Good luck.