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How to back up copy-protected save files safely?

Postby LancetJ » Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:42 am

Asked this elsewhere and it was suggested I ask here.

So one problem I've had for a while is being unable to properly back up copy-protected PS2 save files. I have a PS2 max drive and while it will indeed copy such saves, whether it works (and how it works) is on a game-by-game basis. The main three games I've toyed with it had these results:

Breath of Fire Dragon Quarter: Save is usable after being restored from a backup, but the copy-protection flag is lost. This may sound like a win, but I'd like a way to properly back it up and have the copy flag properly retained.

Star Ocean TTeoT Battle Trophies: Backups are unusable and will not function properly, although do not appear as corrupted.

Shining Tears: Backups function fine, and copy-protect flag is removed temporarily. Once the game is saved again, the flag is restored and there is no trace of having been backed up.


So of those three, only one worked 100%, and one was successful to an extent. What other options are there, whether hardware of software? Preferably nothing that requires running any sort of homebrew, since I don't have whatever would be needed (some sort of mod chip, I assume?). I seem to have a lot of trouble finding any information about how to do this successfully. Or is there simply no reliable way to back these saves up?

And in the event that the only options ARE something more intricate, please let me know.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Re: How to back up copy-protected save files safely?

Postby psydefx » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:00 pm

ulaunch is the best way with the psupaste command
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Re: How to back up copy-protected save files safely?

Postby nodots » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:35 pm

psydefx wrote:ulaunch is the best way with the psupaste command

To explain, psupaste will sign the save to the new mem card. This is one of the reasons you can't just copy the FMCB install (there are more). They probably could have told you this where you got told to come here. ;)
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Re: How to back up copy-protected save files safely?

Postby ZX81v2 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:48 pm

This is not a dig...

Google : How to backup and replace PS2 save games using uLaunch

Loads of Tube vids showing exactly how and what to do
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Re: How to back up copy-protected save files safely?

Postby shiny_ribbon » Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:32 pm

I have a MC with a corrupt file on it. When I back the MC up with psupaste it says Paste failed.
What should I do?
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Re: How to back up copy-protected save files safely?

Postby shiny_ribbon » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:41 pm

Never mind, I was copying the corrupt files of course it failed. Worked beautifully. I see it preserves the timestamp, thats very cool.

Still scared of formatting the MC though. It's pretty scary
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Re: How to back up copy-protected save files safely?

Postby LancetJ » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:26 am

ZX81v2 wrote:This is not a dig...

Google : How to backup and replace PS2 save games using uLaunch

Loads of Tube vids showing exactly how and what to do


I looked around for info on this and the best source I found was:
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q ... qD4urSd3EQ

But it still seems I need a burned cd at least once. I guess there's no way to avoid that at the very minimum, is there?

Although the download links in that video don't work. Does anyone here know of where I could download those files from the video description? Or suggestions of other ways to go about this?
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Re: How to back up copy-protected save files safely?

Postby shiny_ribbon » Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:05 am

There's no other way I don't think. To run homebrew on unmodded PS2 you need to burn a disc, open the PS2, and swap while running an original game
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