1. Installing and setting up soft
2. Determining disc type
- PlayStation 2 discs with green working surface are CDs.
- PlayStation 2 discs with pink working surface are DVDs.
3. Dumping disc
Insert the disc into the drive and launch IsoBuster. If you have multiple drives with discs inserted, make sure you have select the right one from the list.
- Dumping CD:
If CD has more that one track, use PlayStation dumping guide. Otherwise right click on Track 01, select Extract Track 01 -> Extract RAW Data (2352 bytes/block) (*.bin, *.iso) menu item, then choose folder for extraction and press OK.
- Dumping DVD:
Right click on Track 01, select Extract Track 01 -> Extract User Data (*.tao, *.iso, *.wav) menu item, then choose folder for extraction and press OK.
The copying process may take several minutes. If you get "Unreadable sector" errors during it, press Retry button. If the error appears again, your disc is unsuitable for preservation.
After the disc has been copied, launch HashCalc, check MD5, SHA1 and CRC32 rows, uncheck others. Select File option from the Data format list, then press button next to the Data field, select dumped image and press Calculate. The calculation process may take up to several minutes. These checksums should be posted along with other info.
Dump your disc again and compare old dump checksums with the new ones. If checksums are the same, your disc has been dumped properly.
4. Gathering other info
- Game title: most obvious, is located everywhere. Please include subtitle.
- Disc ID: it is located on disc and commonly is in the form of "XXXX-YYYYY" (where X is a letter and Y is a number), also it may have some additional characters appended. Examples: SLUS-21359, SCES-51578#2.
- Disc title: some games stored on multiple discs may have discs with titles. Examples: C&C Disc 1 (GDI Disc) and Disc 2 (NOD Disc).
- EXE date: EXE is usually named like disc ID in the form of "XXXX_YYY.YY" (where X is a letter and Y is a number). If you are not sure, check EXE name in the file SYSTEM.CNF. EXE date should be looked in IsoBuster in Modified column.
- Game languages: just start the game on the console and look for "Language" menu in options
- Disc version: Go to the root directory of the disc and open SYSTEM.CNF file in the text editor. Disc version is located in the row which starts with "VER", for example, "VER = 1.00".
- Image size: look for it in any file manager (but not in IsoBuster).
- Edition: some games were rereleased in different packages, for example, Platinum/Greatest Hits/PlayStation 2 the Best series. If game was released in original package, post edition as "Original".