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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 10/4/2005 8:11:45 PM EDT
My daughter loves the simms game. how does one make a copy so you can run the other in a seperate computer? I use shrink and decryptor for my movie back ups. Thanks
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 2:36:55 AM EDT
Greetings zoe, You may encounter several problems while trying to back up your games for your daughter due to gaming protections. Piration has come a very long way and most companies protect against having their software copied even if you are an original owner. I am not 100% sure on the legality of copying games even if your just doing it so you can play on 2 pc's at once. I will suggest a No-CD crack to you which will allow you to play the game without the cdrom in the drive. From what I have been told these are legal to use if you own the original copy. Anything else would proboly be illegal and do be warned most cd cracks are virii/trojans/malicious files so please be careful.
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 4:44:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 9:34:26 PM EDT
It's a cat-and-mouse game between the pirates and copyright protection. It swings different ways in different years and it's been going on since...oh...Reagan's first term or so.

Right now, for example, I have Battlefield 2. I play it on two different computers. But I don't like to be taking the original CD back and forth. I could copy the CD (using the link above as a good reference), but in my case I took a different route.

First, I made an image file of the Battlefield cd (Clone CD demo works, Alcohol 120% also does it). So now I have a 600MB .iso file on my hard drive (a wee bit of hard drive space is needed). I had to follow settings I found on the internet to copy it correctly...not real hard, check the right box, etc. depending upon which game is being copied.

Next, I installed Daemon Tools (freeware). Daemon Tools emulates a CD-ROM drive on my computer, it even gets a drive letter and shows up that way on your computer. For example, I have drive letter K:

Next, I "mount" the Battlefield .iso image file to my virtual CD-ROM drive, so the computer thinks I have a CD-ROM labeled drive k and the Battlefield CD is in it.

So I don't even bother with the CD at all anymore. There's several ways to do it, this is just one of them.


Notes:
Alcohol 120% will also do the Daemon Tools CD-ROM drive emulation

On some games like my Battlefield 2, I wouldn't be able to play both computers online at the same time because this particular game has an online account "key" that came with my packaging. Some games are like that.

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