(Note: a Patching and Rebuilding are the same thing, you only need to do one of these to get your back-ups to work. Also note that a patch is an automated Rebuild. Id advice rebuilding manually for the experience, but if you get fustrated theres no harm in getting a patch)
This guide was created to help even a newbie successfully back up
Before continuing track down these tools, you will need them to
DVD burner (believe it or not, it has been asked many times if you need one)
Mod Chip or Swap Magic
Blank DVD –R
At least 20 gigs of free space.
1) Use DVD Decrypter to extract the iso from your hard-drive.
2) Create a new folder, Extract all the data in the iso
into this folder using isobuster.
3) Open up cddvdgen, you want to create a new DVD
project, the middle one. Drag over the new file you have created using
Iso buster, making sure you place them back into the same order as
they where in iso buster.
4) When you finish this go to the Volume tab and input
the follow data. Search though the folder you created with Iso buster
and locate the File, SLUS or SLES, note down the file name and number,
in the first box beside name, type the name you found, example (SLES)
followed by the number, without the period. Example (54322). Fill in
PLAYSTATION for producer, and the licence area is your area.
5) Click the record button at the top right and save it
to your C drive again. Name the file as f4.IML. You'll get 2 errors
but just hit ok and the recording window will load. If you don't then
you might be missing the wnaspi32.dll. Nero should have this if you
6) Go to file and export image to C drive (not a folder)
and name it f4.LST
7) Open up a dos prompt and go to your desktop, for most
of you the command will be "cd desktop" remove the quotes. From here
type "copy /b f4.000 + f4.001 + f4.002 + f4.003 f4.iso" and this
combines your files. This also assumes you have a file named f4.003,
if your files only go up to f4.002 don't add "+ f4.003", just put a
space and f4.iso at the end. From here hit enter.
7.b) Alternativly you can save some time by using apache
instead, Open apache 2. Load f4.iml Create .iso
8) Open up Nero burning rom and create a new UDF/ISO DVD
(It's the last one in the list). Burn it at 4x speed.
9) Enjoy your new backed up game…
If you're game won't boot! Read below
It would be advised to scan through your folder after you have
extracted the iso (in step 2) for dummy files.
Some games have dummy files in them. They are used to increase the
size of the image and to copy-protect the game. Burning games with the
dummy files left unchanged will result in a game that does not boot
(using swap magic anyway). To remedy this annoyance follow these fun
2) Create a new text file. Open it and press the space
bar, then close it. This creates a byte of data in the text file.
3) Rename the text file you made to the exact same name
as the dummy file in your folder. The dummy file will be called
something like DUMMY.DAT, DUMMY.000, DUMMY.001 etc, GARBAGE.DAT. These
files will always be in the main folder of the iso.
4) Overwrite all those dummy files with the blank ones
you've created. (Games generally only have 1 dummy file, but some have
multiple dummy files)
Patch complete! Burn it at 4x.
If anyone has any suggestions on how to improve the guy please feel
free to comment, I will be re-writing it soon and adding pictures to
make it easy to use.
And if anyone is stuck feel free to ask questions and ill try my best
to help out
Created by black_ice