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Backup of Swap Magic Disks

Discussion in 'PS2' started by funzig, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. funzig

    funzig Member

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    This might sound like a stupid question, but can I make working backups of my Swap Magic 3.3. disks and if so, how?
     
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    No you cannot.
     
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    Why not? I am actually genuinely interested - seems strange that a tool that's sole purpose is to enable "backups" to be used cannot itself be backed up...
     
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    If you backed it up you would need a way to boot it.
     
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    Fair enough, but how do they burn the originals then?
     
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    Even if it could correctly be burnt. You would then need to use an original copy of SwapMagic to boot your backup SwapMagic.

    Perhaps if you invest in an industrial disc press machine, you could then purchase real ps2 dvd games and press SwapMagic directly onto those games, (similarly to what they do). Then you may have SwapMagic discs galore...or you could just buy the discs for 20bucks or so.
     
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    Offical Swap Magic discs are not burned, they are manufactured with specific characteristics that the PS2 is looking for when authenticating a disc. These characteristics cannot be duplicated with a CD/DVD-R writer.
     
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    So what you're saying is that no one's clever enough to have found a way round it yet then?

    + I already have paid 20 quid for my disks - I just wanted a backup...
     
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    This problem has been an issue since the PS1 first came out and not much has changed since. The most effective solution so far seems to disable the copy check function at the console level.
     
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    which presumably means getting the console chipped?
     
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    That's right.
    You need a super professional and high cost industrial DVD/CD maker to duplicate the swap magic disks.
    When you copy a Cd or DVD, you are just copying the content of it and not the way it was made, so the swap magic has more than content, it has, as you can see looking at it, tracks on disks made by propose, this identify as a original CD/DVD and the PS2 boots is up.
    Is very hard to copy, even to make and image of it, but if you do it, you will not run it on the original PS2.
     

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