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Making backups of FS9 CD's

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JJay Trainee

With FS9 no longer being available and Microsoft seemingly departing the scene, I'm a little concerned about my CD's. In particular Disk 4 which has to be inserted each time the program is run.

I tried to make a copy of disk 4 using Nero and tried it in the simulation mode first to make sure it would work. It had all kinds of read errors so I guess Microsoft made it impossible to copy.

What does one do for a backup? Will they supply a replacement if somebody closes a drive drawer on one?

jj

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Tailhook Chief Captain

JJay wrote:

With FS9 no longer being available and Microsoft seemingly departing the scene, I'm a little concerned about my CD's. In particular Disk 4 which has to be inserted each time the program is run.

I tried to make a copy of disk 4 using Nero and tried it in the simulation mode first to make sure it would work. It had all kinds of read errors so I guess Microsoft made it impossible to copy.

What does one do for a backup? Will they supply a replacement if somebody closes a drive drawer on one?

jj

You don't require Disk 4 in your optical drive if you use the "No CD Crack". There are two different ones around the file libraries for FS9: One is for the sim without the update, the other one for the sim with the update i.e. FS9.1. It's a good idea to use the correct one. I'm pretty sure both are available here at Flyaway besides other places - I just can never find anything here. I'm sure Flyaway or Radarman will give you the link if you get stuck.
Should you have scruples regarding the crack, ...don't. The successor to FS9, FSX does not require a disk in the drive to be run. Obviously Microsoft realised that the requirement of inserting a disk into a drive could not prevent piracy. Makes you wonder, I always assumed that those guys at MS were all geeks 😳
Oh yes, this crack is merely a modified .exe file which, once replaced with the original will fire up the sim without the need for disk 4.

I didn't think one could make copies of this kind with Nero. I'd suggest you make .ISO images instead. If you're unfamiliar with the .ISO format, it is simply an EXACT image of the original. There are many payware programs that promise all kinds of things in relation to .ISO. I have been using ImgBurn for some time now. It's free and excellent. Just google for it and make sure you check out the GUIDES which are a section of their forums.

You might also need Daemon Tools. The Lite version is free and excellent.

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JJay Trainee

Thanks Tailhook for pointing me at that nocd crack. What a relief to be able to start the program without that CD having to be in the drive ...and so much faster starting!

jj

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