[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:

[How To] Use Bittorrent – Utorrent

Guide for Better and Safer Torrenting

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:

[How To] Make WinRAR Not Recognize ISO Files

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:

[Novice Guide] How to Get Started with PS2 and Backups

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.

[How To] Determine DVD Class Media

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.

Screenshot 4

Step 5. In the next screen, select your .ISO file and click Open.

Screenshot 5

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.

Screenshot 6

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.

Screenshot 7

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 , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1,405 Comments.

  1. Tried your method with Imgburn, burnt a downloaded iso at 8x speed on a 1st class blank DVD-R, Verified that the ISO works with an Emulator beforehand, tried it on two modified PS2s (One ModBo chip the other i dont recall) and on both it read it as a DVD Movie and after loading awhile it says “Can not read Disc”. Help please? 🙂

  2. hi versatile, you said that there is a drop down option somewhere in final burn setting menu i wat t o burn spiderman shattered dimensions pc game installation files on my disc but i dont see any drop down option in nero can u help me with this issue
    I hop u remember me telling u about my spiderman2 ps2 game issue

  3. Umesh S. Umbarkar

    Hello Mr. Versatile.. I ‘ve downloaded a .rar file of GTA San Andreas through torrent. After extracting it using WINRAR i got a .nrg file (only one file was in the .rar folder. I followed all the steps as you mentioned above. Used DVD-R disc for burning with nero, burning was successful @ 8X speed. Still it is not working in my PS2. Displays the message “please insert a PS or PS2 format disc” I dont know whether my PS2 is modded or not. I dont have any Memory Chips for my PS2. please help me.

  4. Umesh S. Umbarkar

    What is fmcb? How i can get a fmcb for my PS2?

    • FMCB is free mcboot. You cannot install it if you don’t have a modded ps2 in the first place. Do you know anyone with modded ps2 to install fmcb for you? It’s good only for models scph-7xxxx and below.

  5. I am not getting winrar ps2 games. I am getting only winzip ps2 games

  6. how do we install FMCB on other PS2’s?

  7. I only ever downloaded .img, .ccd and .sub games… Can I also play these or does it have to be .ISO?

  8. i have a cracked my ps2 can i play ps2 torrent games ?

  9. Hey Versatile, I have a strange problem and hope you can tell something. So I went to a local shop at the mall and bought some PS2 DVD’s from him and they were all normal DVD Rs with no print on them. My PS2 can run these games. I bought a brand new PS2 and never got it modded or anything. Now, I downloaded PES 2013 from piratesbay and burnt it to a DVD and when I run it, the sony logo appears, then the PS2 logo appears but disappears very quickly and then its black screen 😦
    Now how did that shop keeper manage to copy dvd’s? Or if my brand new PS2 was modded (can happen where i live), why doesnt PES 2013 run? Is there any restriction on a DVD-R or DVD+R?
    Waiting For a Reply

    P.S. I used dvd decrypter at 2x

  10. Hey Versatile, when i burned kingdom hearts 2 on a blank dvd+r using img burn, it stopped working after the playstation 2 appearance. What do u think went wrong?

  11. Hey man, how do you go about figuring out whether to burn the game on a CD-R or a DVD-R?

    • Depends on the ISO of the game. Which game is it?

    • all depends on the size of the file, if its 700MB(not sure) and below, then its CD-R
      and on the other hand, if its lower than 4GB(Not Sure too XD just search it), you’ll need to use DVD-R, its kinda recommended to use DVD-R since some modded PS2 cant seem to read DVD+R discs (not sure, but its in my case, it only shows PlayStation 2 logo then blackscreen)..

  12. hey dude i didnt get that ‘writing on the dvd part’..
    what exactly do we hav to do first on nero just after opening it >?

  13. and also my downloaded files seem to include about 24 zipped files each aroung 3GB on extracting…
    which one shud i write ?
    plz reply

  14. What is an isz file because I am not getting a ISO file

  15. But whatever games I am downloading after extracting have an isz instead of iso

  16. I want a particular game calles “war of the monsters ” can u mail me an ISO file for that

  17. i use to play games on my ps2 by burning them into dvd and its all worked but yesterday i fetch out my childhood game called Virtual tennis 2 i did write it on dvd but its not working playstation logo appears then go dark….. and now i downloaded king of fighter maximum impact 2 it has two more files before extraction other than iso files.. one is showing system info file of 2kb and other one is sowing file association manger.. so do i have to write all these files or just an iso file will work alone??

  18. i tried last night king of fighter max impact two with that 3kb file called file association manager and only burned iso file but then my ps2 not reading that disk it only show memory card on other hand it play my other burned dvds

  19. i use image burn so plx tell me the procedure to burn these extra files with iso files so that chances get max

  20. my ps2 is modded but still it is coming that insert a ps2 disc or a ps2 format disc

  21. nero ejected my cd and it said that process failed!i did all the steps but its not working!help me!
    but all the files are in the CD

  22. Bro, i have a matrixinfinity modchip installed but i am unable to play burned games on sony’s blank DVD ,, i burned gameshark for my ps2 but it didnt worked,,plz help ..


  24. Hello there, tried to play game from burn dvd but still got the “please insert ps1 or ps2 disc”, used all the tool to burn dvd such as alcohol 120, image burn, dvd decrpter, nero, toaster but still failed to load games. burn used Verbatim DVD-R.The ps2 that I bought from a pawn shop is modded i think because I can played “not original” games. What should I do? I even tried to install FMCB using Ulauncer + usb but still cannot make the disc to read the file that i burn. What is wrong with my ps2???

    • Try playing from USB. If it is ps2 slim, use ESR launcher with FMCB.

      • Nope its the phat one, i cannot used the USB and launch the ESR because i cannot make my burn USB Advance, Swap Magic even FMCB burn disc to load on my phat PS2. So I cannot install FMCB. Not sure what to do next..is it because my console is NTSC/J version..

  25. Um, hello!
    I burned my game with 4x speed ( KHIIFinal Mix NTSC ). I have fmcb on my 64mb card – it opens both NTSC and PAL version of the game as well as my tv. So I run card first, switch “run game from dvd disk”, then close cover and try to run the game. Screen goes black, and nothing happens. Disk inside is not moving, it’s just big nothing. Any clue what’s going on? :S

  26. hy versatile I m akeel i downloaded tekken5 iso file from torrent can I extract tekken5 iso files with WinRAR and burn in dvd at 8x speed using nero does game is work on ps2 console and my ps2 is modded??

  27. hey versatile can i burn ps2 games on dvd-rw??let me know whenever possible

  28. Mr versatile should I burn the “iso” file or the “contents” in it. Can I just burn the contents to the dvd and make it work without creating an image file?

  29. When I put a copied DVD that I purchased at local store into my PC it shows only the game files , is this alright? I don’t find any .iso file. By the way the game works.my question is how is there no .iso file?

  30. i have some 38 of iso files should i burn all of them to a DVD

  31. arsalan saleem

    i have download in rar format and extracted from rar i ve got 2 files .bin and .cue tell me how to burn, i have already burnt iso from alcohol120 successfully worked but im not sure if it works same with bin and cue

  32. i have many iso files in different rar folders under a single torrent.i am confused.please tell me what should i do

  33. I burned fifa 14 at 8x speed using nero after downloading the iso file.. The dvd i used is a sony dvd-r. The game starts but when the ea sports logo appears, the game stays stuck there.. I burned the same thing into another dvd-r at 2x speed.. Still the same thing happens.. Is it bcoz there is some fault with the downloaded content? Please help me

  34. Nice guide! Quick question, i have one of the few ps2 games that are in dual layer dvds. Is there any way to compress it in a single layer and still work on a ps2?

  35. Hey versatile …!…I downloaded Ben 10 ultimate alien cosmic destruction …It is zip file…I extracted it with winzip and stored it in blank dvd And then I burned it..But when I am playing it on my ps2 , it’s not opening …plzzz Help me…!!.Suggest me how to do it..!!

  36. I have a modded ps2 .Recently i buy new memory card .Is this new memory card need to FMCB ?
    Plz tell me

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