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Gaming without the disk? Answered

I know there are instructions all over the internet on how to do this but as far as i can tell the instructions are without the original disk, if i have the original disk is there a way to download all the information to the computer so that i can launch the game from a folder? a way that doesn't make punkbuster (EA games) kick me if i play online. essentially i want a digital disk so i can use the original as a backup and i won't have to worry about my family removing my disks and destroying them (they tend to leave disks anywhere they can put them down).

As a random note im always worried that when transfering my disk from the case to the drive that something will happen as in the past i have been pushed and i dropped the disk, it landed on an uneven surface and someone stepped on in breaking it.

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bwrussell

4 years ago

I haven't played off a physical disk in a while but every once in a while, almost always with older games, I've had to apply No-CD cracks to my digital games to get them running properly (Off topic, but something about having to crack digital versions of games I paid for is a bit frustrating. At least my younger, dumber days of pirating games is paying off). No-CD cracks are easy to find and use so I'd give that a try, just make sure to copy the original .exe and any other files you overwrite. First off test online functionality and make sure that still works. If it does then you're good to go. If not then paste the original files back in and move on to something more complicated like ISO's and virtual CD drives.

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tanyutsharma

4 years ago

This trick is very easy though it might not work with every game(and it only works with versions of windows)-

1) Open 'my computer'

2) You will see the icon of your game somewhere at the bottom of the screen

3) Right click on it and choose 'create shortcut' option, move the short cut to your destop

4) If the shortcut does not work, then replace the shorcut with the original on the CD

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Vyger

4 years ago

You might be able to make an ISO of the disk and put it on a USB pen drive. Most of them are now faster than reading from a CD anyway. Some companies sell their programs on small pen drives since the cost is so cheap. You might need to get special software to get the PEN drive to exactly emulate a CD but that kind of thing is often free.

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mpilchfamily

4 years ago

EA is a _ _ _ _ when it comes to copy protection. so this isn't possible with their recent titles.

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pmk222mpilchfamily

Answer 4 years ago

thats fine, most of my games are not only older but not EA i just used it as an example as i'm not too sure about punkbuster equivalences from other companies. And i also don't play online too often so servers that have no disk protection are not that big of a deal.

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mpilchfamilypmk222

Answer 4 years ago

Burn an exact copy of the disk onto a CD/DVD R. Only EA is anal about their copy protection. Other companies don't feel the need to restrict and hinder their customers from playing their games.

There are software packages that can exactly duplicate disks for you.