Burning Play Discs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Macoltrane, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. Macoltrane macrumors member

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    It'd be great if anyone can teach me how to burn a 'play disc' game CD. The one I have right now is pretty scratched up and I don't see it lasting much longer so I'd like to have a burned copy for back up use. It's "read only" and whenever I select "duplicate" under the context menu, an error occurs. Any help is greatly appreciated :)
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    What software are you using? Can you create an iso (dmg) image of it in Disc Utility?
     
  3. Macoltrane thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I am able to make an image of it in Disk Utility
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Then use disk utility to burn that image. Or am I missing something?
     
  5. Macoltrane thread starter macrumors member

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    That's the problem I'm having. I'm not sure if I'm doing it right or not. First I make a disk image with the default settings (40 mb capacity, read and write). Afterwards, I place a blank CD in and burn the disk image onto the CD in Disk Utility. The CD doesn't work. What am I doing wrong here?
     
  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I'd don't see from the above where you made an image of the existing CD? You created a blank image. If you drag-and-drop into that image then the resulting CD will not be identical to the original.

    You need to:

    1) Insert the original CD (or DVD) into the drive
    2) Start Disk Utility
    3) Select the CD (or DVD) from the pane in the left. Select the top most item for the CD.
    4) Go File->New->Disk Image from disk1... (note this is the last item in the New menu, it may be called something different on your system depending on the number of drives in the machine) if this option is not available select the next icon for the CD in the tree.
    5) Call the image something sensible and choose DVD/CD Master as the format.

    This will create a .cdr file you can burn (this is what I meant when I said create and image of the disc).

    Burn that .cdr. If this still does not work then your CD may have some sort of copy protection on it to stop you taking backups. If that is the case you may need specialist software, or the publishers might replace your scratched CD for nominal cost.
     
  7. Macoltrane thread starter macrumors member

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    That worked. Thank you so very much, Robbie.
     

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