[How To] Burn a PS2 Game (From Torrent) To DVD Using Nero
Foreword: This is one of my favorite tutorials, and re-writing it from scratch is a lot of work. By doing it over again, I hope to convey to you the awesomeness of the PS2, and if you are an owner of it, you need to give it more love than you think it deserves. It needs you, and you need it.
As usual, The Undergound does not support or advocate piracy. We support making backups of games that you own. We realize that sometimes games can be scratched, so making a digital backup is impossible and in lieu of buying the game again, you can download the PS2 game from a torrent. If you do this method, only do it if you own a retail version of the game.
Downloading games that you do not legally own is illegal, and we want no part of that. Follow the law. Play with a conscience mind. Thank you. ~ Versatile
6-23-09: Re-release of a classic tutorial.
2-6-10: Removed the youtube link until I upload a new video.
9-27-10: Fixed Nero image.
12-13-12: Fixed Nero image again.
Yes, it is true. You can make a backup of your PS2 game (for legal purposes of course) to preserve your original game. However, what do you do if your favorite game has gotten scratched up over the years? Do you want to go out and buy another copy of it? Oh wait, Gamestop doesn’t have that game anymore? What are you going to do?
Have you considered Torrents?
Wait, what are torrents? In short, it is a small table of contents file called a “torrent” and you use it with a “torrent client” program. From here, it will download the required files from other people online who are sharing the file for the online community.
Unfortunately, this article is not meant to be about torrents but rather show the user how to take a PS2 game that they got from a torrent, extract it from the Winrar files, and burn the ISO file using Nero.
If you are unfamiliar with torrents, please read our excellent guides below first and then come back here:
Assumptions (makes it easier for the rest of the tutorial)
1) You have some kind of RAR file extractor. Examples include Winrar (shareware), and 7-zip (freeware)
2) You have Winrar or equivalent program configured properly. More specifically, the program does not see your ISO file as an extractable file.
For a guide on Winrar and not making this mistake, see the guide below:
As a past commenter had said, he does not want the user to fall to this mistake either. See the original quote below:
Harrison: I think that integration of Iso files into winrar is a major problem. The best way to get around that is to disable ISO integration with winrar. That way when u extract up until u get an ISO file, it will look different.
To do this, simply open up WinRar, on the Menu bar(file,command,tools,favorites,Options,Help),select Options-settings, then integration(usually last top-right after security) here you will find on the left hand side files assocaited with Winrar, simply uncheck the ISO option and press OK.
Thanks it, from here on, winrar will pretend not to know what an ISO file is, but will still extract it if asked to….LOL
3) Your PS2 is modded via swap magic, modchip, or perhaps an exploited memory card. To learn more about PS2 modding, see the guide below:
4) You have a DVD burner, and a spindle of blank DVD-Rs or DVD+Rs.
5) You have read this guide on DVD class media. This is very important for a successful and readable disc for the PS2.
6) You have a passion to learn. You know how to use the computer, and you have Nero installed (all versions are very similar). You may not be tech savvy, but you are willing to try out new things. If you are stuck, please leave a comment!
Tutorial Begins Here
Pre-word: Today’s tutorial is an example of me having downloaded a Ratchet and Clank Goin’ Commando game. Learn how to extract the game to get the ISO file, and then burn it for PS2 use.
Step 1. Go to your favorite torrent site, and using your torrent program (I use utorrent) download a PS2 game. If you reside in the United States, make sure you download the NTSC version. If you get a PAL game, it will not work on your TV because it will flicker due to the refresh rate of the TV. NTSC games have 60 Hz refresh rate, but PAL games have 50 Hz refresh rate. Once again, we do not support piracy. Only download games that you legally own!
Step 2. Most often than not, the PS2 game you download will comprise of multiple rar files. Select the first rar file, right click and extract it. If not, then you may have just one rar file, which will be your .ISO file. An .ISO file is just a CD/DVD image of the game. Sometimes the file you download from a torrent may be an .ISO file itself, and WinRar will recognize it as a possible archive. If that is the case, you do not need to extract it.
Step 3. Watch as your file extracts. In the end, you will have your .ISO file extracted.
This is what it should look like when the files are extracted:
Note: I always get questions about this. If you just have an .ISO file and no .MDS file, that is OK. All we care about is the .ISO file.
If you have a .NRG, .MDF, .BIN with .CUE file or other, that is OK. Nero and other similar programs can burn these files too!
Step 4. Once your game is extracted, you should have an .ISO file. Now open up Nero. Go to “Image, Project, Copy” and select the “Disc Image or Saved Project”. Remember to insert a blank DVD+R or DVD-R. It is recommended that DVD-R is used because of better compatibility with PS2 laser, but I have DVD+R work fine so it shouldn’t be an issue.
Step 5. In the next screen, select your .ISO file and click Open.
Step 6. On the next screen, select the drop down box on the left hand side, and pick your DVD burning speed. For PS2 games, it is best to burn at half the max rated speed of your disc. For instance, if your blank DVD can write at a max speed of 16x, burn at 8x. After selecting your DVD speed, burn the image.
Step 7. Depending on what speed you chose, you could wait up to 15 minutes. After a while, it will say your disc is done! Afterwards, label the disc with a marker, and using your favorite PS2 modding method (swap magic, HDA loader, modchip, memory card exploit), you can play your game on the PS2.
If any questions or comments, leave a comment and I will try to help you out!
Video tutorial Below!
[To be uploaded later]
Posted on June 24, 2009, in Gaming, News, playstation 2, Tech Knowledge, Tutorials and tagged Back Ups, Burning, how to, Modchips, Nero, playstation 2, Swap Magic, Torrents, tutorial. Bookmark the permalink. 1,319 Comments.