Unsuccessful at ripping Sims 2

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#1

OK, so I’ve read the posts here on how to copy Sims 2, and I’m having no luck.

For reference, my hardware is:

Toshiba SD-M1712 (Reader)
Asus CRW-4816A (Writer #1)
Lite-On LTR-48125W (Writer #2)

Using Alcohol 120% 1.9.2 build 1705.

I’ve tried both the “Safedisc” and “Safedisc 2/3” profiles, reading and writing at 4X with no luck.

I get no errors, other than read errors while ripping the original (these are normal, from what I’ve been able to tell).

Any ideas what I’m doing wrong?


#2

Your writers. They are quite old and probably won’t burn SafeDisc 3/4 protected games at all. Of course this is a general overview, for instance some of the backups created with these drives may work in certain devices, but this is probably not the case here.


#3

Wow, I didn’t think they were that old…

What’s the reccomendation on the best Lite-On and Asus writers, these days?


#4

For that matter, should I upgrade the reader as well?


#5

Hrmm, another reply to my own post…

Are Asus or Lite-On even considered “the best” these days? If not, what is?


#6

I’ve always heard that Lite-On drives are good at reading/writing discs with copy protection, and my Lite-On LDW-811S successfully ripped The Sims 2 DVD with SafeDisc.


#7

OK, how about these:

Asus CRW-5232AS
Lite-On LTR-52327S

Are these new enough?


#8

The Asus certainly is capable of making a back-up copy that will work from many devices.

However, I suspect that your real problem is that you’re trying to run your back-up copies from your Toshiba Dvd-rom. Toshiba dvds are nototiously picky about running back-up copies at the best of times and its tolerance for copies of recent version safedisc protected cds (i.e. sd 3.2+) is likely to be very low indeed.

Before buying a new writer, I’d suggest that you invest a few dollars in a Lite-on dvd (both the Ltd-166S and Ltd-167T are incredibly cheap so it won’t set you back much) and try running your back-up copies from that. Lite-on dvds are extremely tolerant of copies and I suspect that you’ll find that copies burnt with your 48x Asus at least will run from such a drive (and copies burnt with your 48x Litey may well do so too).


#9

Hrmm - I will definitely try that.

Question - is there any kind of read issue for the copies from a Acer 16x DVD-ROM (don’t have an exact model - doesn’t show in the device manager), or a Lite-On LTN526S CD-ROM?

I’ve tried my backups in both of those drives, to no avail.

Are the Toshiba SD-M1912 drives also as picky? Are they still good/preferred as a reader for creating images?


#10

Is the Lite-On SOHD-167T the same as the LTD-167T?

Just checked newegg.com, and they only have the SOHD models.


#11

Are the Toshiba SD-M1912 drives also as picky? Are they still good/preferred as a reader for creating images?

Mine is pretty picky. I can’t comment on its imaging ability though, as I use the drives in my first PC (lite-on and Plextor Premium) for backups these days.


#12

Yes, sorry for the confusion. :o I meant the SOHD-167T.


#13

Are the Toshiba SD-M1912 drives also as picky? Are they still good/preferred as a reader for creating images?

Just ran a few tests. It extracted the topology @ 100% on the first try, While my Lite-on maxed at 98% and my Plex Premium hit 99% at most. :wink: So, needless to say this drive is pretty good for making bwa files for backing up Securom.