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Posted: Sun 2005 Oct 23 7:08:02
Q. What is an
A. An ISO is an exact copy of an original CD, all the multimedia bits
and pieces are uncut and therefore they are extremely large and awkward
to download. The best place to find them is on FTP sites and for an ISO
to work correctly it must be burnt onto a blank CD (the exception to
the rule is when you use a CD emulator such as Virtual Drive - read on
to learn more).
Q. I've just burnt a
data ISO, but have ended up with a useless audio CD. What am I doing
A. Did you load the .cue sheet before burning or just the
file? Maybe your ISO didn't come with a cue file at all because someone
forgot to include it. Well whatever the reason, if you've bypassed the
cue file you've probably confused your CD writing software. Because the
cue file lets your software know which mode to use when burning an ISO
if you don't open this file to begin with it automatically uses the
default setting (usually it assumes you want to make an audio CD).
Another possible explanation is that you have a corrupt cue
which contains incorrect file location information. If this is the case
you can edit your cue file to check which directory it is pointing to.
If your bin file is in a directory other than the one referred to in
the cue file you have two options, you either move the bin file to
match the path in the cue file or you edit the cue file so that it
corresponds to the directory in which your bin file is stored. It is
often more practical to delete the path reference altogether and just
leave the name of the file. This way your burning software will assume
that the bin file and cue file are in the same directory.
And finally, some burning software (such as CD-R Win)
built in anti-piracy protection so that if you have used a blacklisted
serial number or a faulty crack the program will only produce blank or
audio CDs. The problem here is that you're not likely to get a little
animated character (a la the Mcft helper) to pop up and tell you "we
know you're trying to use our product without paying for it and so this
program will only create duff CDs". Instead the program just carries on
as normal as though everything is going according to plan and creates a
useless coaster with no hint of an explanation. The only way around
this is to use a better crack or a serial number that you definitely
know works (you could ask someone on a bulletin board about their
experiences with different numbers).
Q. I've downloaded an
ISO, but there's no sign of a cue file. What do I do now?
A. If it's an application which doesn't necessarily have to
installed from a CD you can use ISO Buster to extract the .bin file to
your hard drive. Once extracted all that remains to be done is to sift
through the files until you find the main installation file and run it.
Although this method can be used for games which have to be run from a
CD-R it is a bit trickier which is why I'd recommend converting the
.bin file into another format before burning it. To do this get hold of
the "Bin2Iso Converter" (available from http://www.cdrsoft.net) and use
it to convert the file to .iso format. Now acquire a copy EZ CD Creator
and use it to open the new .iso file. Finally, select the "create from
CD image" option from the file menu and simply burn it in the usual
Q. I want to use an
ISO, but haven't got a CD writer. Is there any way I can run an ISO
from my hard drive?
A. Yes, it's possible to do this. First of all you need to
of a program that is capable of extracting ISO format files, Win Image
will do very nicely. Install the program, run it and select the "file"
option from the menu bar. Now choose the open option. Search through
your hard drive for the ISO file you wish to decompress and double
click on it. The next step is to return to the menu bar. This time
select the "image" option and scroll down the list until you come
across the word "extract". If you click on this, a dialogue box should
appear to ask you where you would like to extract the files to. Pick a
suitable directory and press the extract button.
Now if your ISO happens to be an application you can just
through the extracted files until you find one labeled setup.exe or
install.exe and run it. Once the program is installed you will no
longer need the extracted files so they can be deleted to conserve hard
drive space (remember to keep the ISO file, however, in case you need
to re-install at a later date). Now you can congratulate yourself on a
job well done and start using your new application immediately.
On the other hand if you are attempting to install a game,
task is going to be a bit more tricky. First of all you will have to
choose one of two options. The first is to install the game and
overwrite the main executable file in the directory you have installed
the game to with a cracked replacement exe. In this case the game would
be playable, but because the crack bypasses any CD checks you will
probably lose any audio tracks/ and or video sequences which are stored
within the CD image. This is the quick and easy route, but really
defeats the object of downloading an ISO file, because then,
essentially what you have is a rip. If you decide to take this path
make sure you select the "full installation" option if there is one
when you install the game to ensure that your hard drive can read the
maximum amount of data that is available without accessing the CD
If you are a bit more patient, a better option is to use a
CD emulation software. This allows you to keep the extracted image file
on your hard drive while tricking your computer into thinking that it
is really in your CD drive. A good program to start with is Virtual
Drive. Once this is installed all you have to do is select the
directory where you have extracted the ISO image file to and choose the
"mount" function. This will create a new virtual CD icon which can be
accessed through Explorer in the same way as any other normal CD.
Because Virtual Drive incorporates "on the fly" data compression your
CD images will take up minimal space on your hard drive until the
moment they are being accessed. Also, because hard drives are many
times faster than CD drives your games will run at a lightning fast
pace without the need to wait for your drive to start up. To begin
using a virtual CD simply double click on its icon as though it were a
real CD and wait for the installation menu appear. Now install the game
and play as usual with the added bonus that you'll never be able to
lose the CD behind the couch because there isn't one.
Q. But I don't like
Virtual Drive, are there any other programs which will perform the same
A. Yup, have a wander over to Daemon's Home and see what you
find. An even better solution, however, is to stump up the cash for a
CD writer. They're very cheap nowadays and really are an essential part
of any warezoholic's toolkit. I don't know how I'd live without mine!
Q. What is an SFV
A. These are tiny files which can be created using a program
Win SFV. They can be opened in any text editor and serve to verify the
CRC status of a set of compressed files to make sure that the files
that you have on your hard drive are identical to the ones that were
originally uploaded to the net. Apparently, if you want to do it the
sexy way you can use Hoopy's PD SFV. Not only will this utility enable
you to check your SFV files, it will also allow you to create new ones
for your own DIY releases.
Q. I'm trying to burn
an ISO image file, but it's much larger than the capacity of my CD-Rs.
How do I make it fit?
A. ISO images very often contain more data than you can
onto a 650mb or 700mb CD-R, but this is nothing to worry about. You see
these inflated ISO files also contain all the necessary formatting
information needed to reproduce the original CD. This can be anywhere
in the region of a few to hundreds of megabytes. However, what is
important is not the size of the file to begin with, but the estimated
time it will occupy on the burnt CD. If in doubt open the "CD Info"
dialog box within your CD writing software and look for a reference to
how many minutes worth of data your ISO is going to require. If this is
less than 74 minutes use a standard CD-R and if it is somewhere between
74 and 80 minutes use an extra length 700mb CD-R.
Q. How can I tell
whether or not a CD has been copy protected?
A. You can sometimes guess what method of protection has been
manually by looking at the contents or the physical structure of a CD,
but a much more accurate way would be to use CD Protection Scout. This
completely free utility will automatically detect the presence of a
multitude of different protection systems and report its findings in an
easy to understand format. Once you have this vital information at your
fingertips you can enter it into Clone CD to produce a perfect copy of
whatever it is you wish to duplicate.
Q. I've downloaded an
ISO archive containing three files with the extensions CCD, IMG and
SUB. What am I supposed to do with them?
A. These files are part of an image created using Clone CD.
file works in a similar fashion to the CUE files mentioned above, which
you are probably more familiar with. A CCD file contains information
regarding the logical structure of the CD and is the file you would
open in Clone CD in order to burn the image to a CD-R. When this file
is opened the other two files are automatically processed providing
they are stored in the same directory and share the same filename. The
IMG, or image file, contains the main channel data of all tracks of the
CD and the SUB file contains the sub channel data of all the tracks of
the CD. To burn a Clone CD image you would select "write from file"
from the "file" menu, browse for the CCD file and select OK.
Q. Which program should
I use to extract an ISO in C2D format?
A. The C2D format was originally devised by Cequadrat and is
designed to be used with their homegrown CD writing app, Win On CD.
However, this is a very bulky and unnecessary download if you only wish
to use it to burn one ISO. Instead you might want to try ISO Buster,
which is a mere one meg download and is free to boot. As well as
offering support for Win On CD file types, ISO Buster can also handle
Nero, Clone CD, Blind Read and EZ CD Creator formats without breaking
into a sweat so is a good all round burning prog to add to your
Q. If it's so easy to
bypass the copy protection of original CDs using Clone CD why don't the
release groups use it?
A. That's a very good question and one that's very difficult
answer definitively. Clone CD has been used in the past to produce
warez releases, but they tend to be just the older games and
applications which most people already have or aren't interested in -
this is why they haven't received much attention on warez sites. Quite
recently a release group (whose name escapes me at the moment) appeared
who specialised in old cloned games, but they seem to have vanished
just as quickly as they arrived - I expect they were heralded as
impostors and hounded out by the "real" crackers.
Although Clone CD doesn't get on well with all hardware
configurations, I don't think the problem lies in incompatibility
issues. To use a Clone CD release you don't necessarily have to have a
CD writer as you can convert the image files to another format and then
extract them to your hard drive to be used with Virtual Drive or a
similar CD mounting program. On the other hand if you have got a CD
writer, but one which doesn't support Clone CD, you can convert the
files to a format which your writer does support and then burn it to a
I think a lot of it comes down to tradition; cracking an
CD is a fine art form which takes many years to master and I doubt very
much that the release groups relish the prospect of being usurped by an
automated program. I'm sure that in many cases Clone CD could quite
easily put the crackers out of a job, but it's a job they're not
willing to give up without a
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