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CD GAME COPY PROTECTIONS

Illegal TOC (Table Of Contents)

This CD-Copy Protection is being used more and more to stop the users of CD Writers from copying games, especially on Playstation. The fake TOC works by giving false information about an original CDs size.  Each CD has a Table Of Contents (TOC) which describes the exact size, location and a filename of of every file on the CD.  When a games or software company edits the CD they can get the CD to report that the size is much bigger than than it actually is.  Then when a CD-Copying program tries to read the CD, the CD reports that it is way over the standard CD size of 650MB sometimes reporting more than several Gigabytes.

Detection Of The Protection

You can simply use Windows Explorer to find out if this protection is being used.  To do this just simply right click on your CD ROM drive letter, click properties and it will tell you the amount of space on the CD which is more than it could hold.  The CD will tell Windows Explorer that it is holding much more than is possible.   You will then know that the CD is being protected with the Fake TOC protection.

You can use one of the many protection detection tools from our Game Copy Protection Identifying Tools page to identify whether the protection is being used on your game.

Burning/Backup Solution

There are several different methods you can use to successfully burn/backup your game, as follows:

A very simple way can be used to get round this protection:

Use a CD-Burning program which gives you the 'Ignores Illegal TOC' option. These such programs are Nero Burning ROM, CDRWIN, or Prassi. This will mean that when the copying programs read the Fake TOC, they will not abort because they have been instructed to ignore the Fake TOC and continue with the read/write process.

You can use CloneCD to successfully burn the game. Use ClonyXXL to scan the game, it will then tell you what protection is being used on the game (Illegal TOC) and the correct settings to use in CloneCD to successfully backup the game. You can also use Alcoholer protection scanner and Alcohol 120% burning software. Use Alcoholer to scan the game, it will then tell you what protection is being used on the game (Illegal TOC) and the correct settings to use in Alcohol 120% to successfully backup the game. BlindWrite can also successfully burn a game with this protection on it. You can also use Daemon Tools to emulate the game and the protection. *Remember, if you experience problems with burning the game at high speeds, (2 speed +) (both the read and write process), then burn the game at lower speeds such as 2 speed and under (both read and write process). A lot of the time burning the game at slow speeds will solve problems of the install not working, or the burner not bypassing the CD's protection.

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