Figured this would be a good place to post this tutorial I wrote. Credits go to this website.
This article is aimed at someone that has not followed the modding scene for the Nintendo Wii and wants to be caught up in one quick de-briefing. The contents of this file could become outdated very quickly because the modding scene is exploding right now. I will do my best to keep it updated so if you see the date is really old shoot me an email and I will update it or at least say that nothing really revolutionary has happened in the modding scene. Click below to access the tutorial on backing up your Wii ad Gamecube discs. Remember that to play the backups you will need a modchip! The modchip is rapidly changing and I will be outlining this in my next article which is due sometime later this week.
First step in copying your games for backup purposes is to get the right software and hardware. You will need one of the following DVD drives to copy games(no others will work). I received a pm that some people were having trouble locating the drives. If you go to newegg you can't just search for the model for some reason. You have to browse DVD-ROM drives then LG drives. Here is a direct link to the one I have. http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16827136088
Personally I have the 8164b and have had zero problems. I'm sure the others are fine also. I ordered mine from http://www.Newegg.com.
Once you install this drive into your computer you will need to download a few applications.
* Raw Dump 2.0
* .Net Framework 2.0
* Software to unzip the Raw Dump files (Winrar)
Once you download the files above then right-click on the rawdump2.0.rar and select "Extract to rawdump2.0\"
this will make a folder on your desktop called rawdump2.0.
Now insert your Wii or Gamecube game into the LG drive that you have ordered and installed. Then open the rawdump2.0 folder and double click on the rawdump2.0.exe file.
After doing this you will be presented with the following interface. If your wondering what all the buttons are next to me close and minimize buttons it is a program called UltraMon for multiple monitor setups. Just ignore this. I am also running the Zune Windows XP Theme.
The next step is to just click "Start Dump." On my computer this process took just about 2.5 hours. When it is complete you will be greeted with a nice finished message. The file it creates will be in the same directory as the rawdump.exe file. It should be called "Game Name.iso." This ISO is an image of the actual game and is ready to be burned. You can burn this image with many different applications, but I will be providing screenshots for Nero Burning Rom.
This step is very important. You need to check your file and see how many KB large it is. To do this Right-Click on your iso(this is in your rawdump directory) and select properties. It should say,
Nintendo Wii ISO size: 4.37 GB (4,699,979,776 bytes).
Nintendo Gamecube ISO size: 1.35 GB (1,459,978,240 bytes)
All Nintendo Wii and Gamecube images will be this exact byte size. If your Wii image is off by any then you have a bad dump and need to try again.
So next step is to open Nero.
The first step once nero opens it to just cancel out of the create new dvd/cd/etc dialog. Once you have exited from this dialog you go to Recorder->Burn Image.
After making it this far you are almost done. When you click burn image you will be asked to locate the image. The image will be located in your Rawdump2.0 folder. For me, this is on the desktop.
Select the game that you have dumped with rawdump and click open. You will then be presented with the below dialog. Make sure to select a relatively slow burn speed at first to attempt to prevent DRE's(Disc Read Errors). These seem to be common among people that do not use high quality dvd's. For a thread dealing with media check here.
I hope this mini-guide helps you. If you have any questions or I said something wrong please post a comment below. Also stay tuned because as soon as my tri-wing driver arrives I will have a detailed modding tutorial using the Cyclowiz modchip.
could you download games off the internet and burn them. i got a program called bitcomet, it allows you to download wii games to you computer..and i was just guna do that and buy a dvd bunner.
Thanks for the tutorial - very well done! I get to the point where Nero has put the ISO file on a DVD (it was, in fact, exactly the right size). However, when putting the DVD into my Wii, the Wii is unable to read the DVD. I did not get any errors from Nero -- seemed to have burned completely and correctly. Any thoughts on why my Wii won't read the disc with this ISO file on it?
I would say to try a different brand of DVDs. Also I find that if I leave my wiiconnect24 on all the time, the wii gets pretty hot... when it gets hot, it will not read my burnt dvds.
Once it cools down... it works fine... but yes, try different DVDs....
I can't find a very good download for raw dump 2.0.rar
may you post one
here's a link for winrar
HERE IS A LINK FOR RAW DUMP 2.0
thank you very much nice tut
Is there another alternative to rawdump? I have an LG GGC-H20l drive and rawdump is suggesting I have a drive fault.
this is very simple, don't have an LG drive and I do know that the 2 sony drives that I have are useless. I will try on a ben-Q or Liteon drives. I do apoligize if someone already give different drives on the thread but I didn't time to read them all. If the Ben-Q or Liteon works I will let everyone know.
dude perfect,straight to the point and well laid out. i lost this site for about a year and a half, and meant to leave u a msg then. found and LG drive and had it the next day back then everything worked like a dream from following your guide. thx a ton man w00t!
thot this might help. this update has dual layer support added and i attached it and a direct link:
rawdump v2.1 with dual layer support
Last edited by nicdeloach; 11-22-2009 at 01:19 AM. Reason: added file dl link
Thanks for the guide. I am very new to this. I was trying to make a back up of a game and I did the raw dump thing it took about 2 and half hours and I got the Finished box on the screen. Then I wanted to burn the file and I couldn't find the f*cking thing. I was soo mad! Do you have any idea where the ISO file is? I was told it was finished but I can find it nowhere.