Impossible Creatures (PC version - SafeDisc 2.8) successfully backed-up using:
CloneCD 126.96.36.199 (Dec 4, 2002 release).
Using CloneCD’s built-in “Protected Game CD” profile.
Lite-on CD-RW 32x12x40 (LTR-32123S - XSOX firmware) to copy the original CD to a hard driveimage.
Lite-on CD-RW 32x12x40 to write the CD-R from the hard drive image.
Lite-on CD-RW 32x12x40 to install and run the back-up CD-R.
I did the following as well, but don’t know if they are necessary:
I used 4x speed to read, and 4x speed to write.
I am also using the CloneCD “Hide CDR Media” option.
Imation 650MB/74min 4x CD-R media (4 year old media!).
My Windows region setting is “Canada” (enables Amplify Weak Sectors capability on CloneCD, but I do not know if it actually uses AWS during the copy process).
When I scan my CD-R back-up using Clony XXL 2011, Clony reports that my CD-R backup uses SafeDisc 2.8.
The above methods worked FLAWLESSLY.
HOWEVER: When I try to install/run the CD-R on a DVD/CD
drive on another PC, with no Hide CDR Media in tray, the
CD-R backup fails to run. It installs fine, but cannot run.
It causes an illegal operation right after the piranha splash screen and crashes to desktop - this was the same spot the
game would crash when using CloneCD 4.1
I tried backing-up previously with ClonyXXL 2010 and CloneCD 4.1, but that failed. By the way, what’s the best way to identify the exact protection being used? Clony XXL only says SafeDisc 2.8, but I know some people have more detailed info, like SafeDisc 188.8.131.52.0.1.x…