Greetings! Haven't posted any topic here for a loooong time and it seems you've changed forum system since i last logged on. Greetings again all!


Splitting a copy protected double-layer DVD Image (9GB) into two single-layer DVD Images (4,7GB)

I've been searching a bit and can find very limited content (none at all here) of this issue and available software if its possible at all. Related topic (very old thread)

Its fairly easy to split any image using Alcohols software and MDF format and defining separate paths for the MDF files inside the small MDS extension.

Defining separate pathways to the split image files can be done using DVD Decrypter. HOWEVER! It is NOT possible to change the path media (as far as I know) to multiple discs since the path must be exact.

Coding this would probably need a new GUI checking file availability and then prompting for disc change path when the contained files are accessed by an application.
Using 2 DVD-ROM readers can easily solve the time saved if they're used at the same time.


So... what's the point really?

Well many newly released games and corporate applications, if you have noticed requires LOTS of space. And I can't make any easily accessible backups if I don't own a Double-Layer DVD burner.
And as you know... a double layer DVD disc doesn't cost the double of a normal single layer... its at least three times more expensive so even those using double layers could save money splitting their backups instead.

Using the old way I must split the file using archiving applications such as RAR or the like and then extract the huge 5GB+ DVD image every time I wish to access and mount the backup image content.

For me and my computers that takes about 40 minutes, and time (some times and most often) is money.

Having said this I hope this can bring a discussion according to the creation of such software or spread on any rumours of already existing.

Thanks a lot and great work developers of Daemon-Tools! Keep it up.
Pleasant regards, Ken