geoff68 - thanks for the info but I’ve wasted enough time & resources on this. As I understand it, if I follow your latest suggestion I would have to keep Alcohol active on my computer at all times in order to play the game, and that’s not what I want as I’m not a great fan of that program. As I’ve already played the game a couple of times I think I’ll just put it away until the hardware manufactures come up with a burner that’s capable of doing a 1:1 backup of game DVDs (if ever). If not, stiff.
I originally started backing up my PC games several years ago, as I’m a keen FPS fan and have bought lots of games over the years, some of which were damaged to varying degrees by mishandling, mishaps, etc.
As copy protection became more sophisticated, I kept on upgrading my hardware and started frequenting this forum for additional information, and it became a personal challenge to try and make working backups without resorting to that ultimate admission of failure, that we all know about but won’t admit to here.
I’m glad to say that my success ratio has been pretty high (thanks in no small part to the info provided in these forums) but there comes a point beyond which it isn’t worth going and I’ve reached that in this case. I’ve recently reloaded and played Far Cry again (best game I’ve ever played) and I’ve just placed an order for Area 51 with my local supplier (apparently it’s pretty scarce at the moment) so I look forward to going through the whole rigmarole again when I get that game.
Thanks for your input and I’m sure that there are many people out there in cyberspace (and the real world) that appreciate it as well