Hello all! A little intro first:
I am relatively new to backing up my games, as for the longest time I didn’t have the right hardware but read through some forums from time to time when I was extremely bored. Just a few days ago I got a Plextor Premium and LiteOn 166s and have been marvelling at their success. Thus far I have successfully backed Doom 3, Far Cry and Call of Duty: United Offensive letting Alcohol 120% v126.96.36.1995 read and write at 4x in my Plex using the Safedisc 2/3 option. Not one coaster and all the backups work in both drives, not bad for a noob, eh? I was mightily impressed. On to the topic…
I stupidly bought The Sims 2 DVD Edition not realizing what headaches this would entail for myself later. Now, I have a DVD burner… one of the first, a Philips D28 DVD+R/RW 2.4x, but from everything that I have been reading on this site and afterdawn it probably won’t make a successful backup since it cannot emulate the EFM or whatever. I have heard only a few DVD burners have had success and among them is the Plextor 708a/712a, others I do not know. I am holding out to buy the new the Plextor 716a DL in a couple months so I still want to have a backup my The Sims 2 DVD Edition until then. I have been reading all the copying done with CloneCD in this topic so I decided to try it. CloneCD made the image but split it up into 3 files, two a gig and the third the rest of the data. I tried to mount it with Daemon tools and got the ‘emulation detection’ message. Messed with CloneCD by closing and restarting the tray icon, rebooting and had no luck, still got the message. So I thought I would try out Alcohol 120% v188.8.131.525, made the image, mounted it with daemon tools, checked ‘Hide CDR Media’ in CloneCD Tray and… Wallah! The Sims 2 started with my mounted image and NO emulation message! I was so happy, I thought I’d post it here. I think I might give my Philips burner a shot and see what happens, probably create my first coaster, but hey you never know until ya try.
Waiting impatiently for the new Plextor 716a DL