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Old 09-20-09, 11:44 AM   #1
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Default Shrink ISO - Is it possible?

Here's my problem. I downloaded Chronicles of Riddick and made an ISO out of the files. It comes out to 7.06GB while the DVD only holds 4.7GB. Is there anyway I could shrink the ISO or compress it somehow to fit on the DVD?
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Old 09-20-09, 12:06 PM   #2
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Dual layer is the only way you could do this
But this is piracy, and as far as I know it isn't allowed on the forums.
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Old 09-20-09, 01:14 PM   #3
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Well, you can download games legally so lets give the benefit of the doubt

As for the Q, if its not already an iso you can start by deleting any language files you wont use. You can also remove drivers, DX, and other such files. If you want to shrink an already iso file you can use something like poweriso to do the same. I've never heard of compressing it though and tbh for games I doubt you'll be able to remove all those gigs with just drivers and language files.
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Old 09-20-09, 01:36 PM   #4
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1) This is obviously a pirated downloaded game, every game I've downloaded legally has been a .exe. You never get .iso's (I could be wrong here....).

2) The answer to your question is no, you can't compress a .iso. It's designed to be burned on a dual layer dvd. Out of curiosity, why do you want to burn it onto a disk? Just mount it using virtual clone drive and install it...
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1.) You have no clue what you are talking about.
2.) Downloading games from D2D is not illegal. Wouldn't it be a good idea to ask how I got the game instead of just assuming?
3.) I specifically said I created the ISO myself so that already eliminates your .exe theory.

Maybe I should have been more clear. I created the ISO out of the files I downloaded from D2D so I could burn it to a disc as a backup. I would really hate to download 7GB every time I reinstalled. Unfortuneatley I do not have an external hard drive.
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Old 09-20-09, 04:56 PM   #6
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Again you'll need a dual layer dvd, unless you manage to find a bunch of useless files in the iso and delete them.
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Old 09-20-09, 05:02 PM   #7
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Your best bet is just to pack the game file into a rar that is split into 2GB chunks and burn that onto 2 discs.
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1.) You have no clue what you are talking about.
2.) Downloading games from D2D is not illegal. Wouldn't it be a good idea to ask how I got the game instead of just assuming?
3.) I specifically said I created the ISO myself so that already eliminates your .exe theory.

Maybe I should have been more clear. I created the ISO out of the files I downloaded from D2D so I could burn it to a disc as a backup. I would really hate to download 7GB every time I reinstalled. Unfortuneatley I do not have an external hard drive.
My apologies....apparently I didn't fully read your first post. It's just that usually when someone starts talking about burning .iso's to a disk of a game they downloaded....the first thing that pops to mind is it's pirated. Again, I'm sorry for assuming.

Since I now understand that you don't need to be able to install the game from the disks, it's just as a backup of the downloaded .exe file, I would do what Bman suggested above. Take the original .exe file and use winRar on it. Make sure to specify to break it into DVD sized chunks (I'm pretty sure theres an actual option to make it split at the size of a CD, DVD, etc). Then just burn each .rar file onto a disk.

To be completely honest though, you should really invest in an external harddrive. That way you don't need to copy the files off the disks, unRAR, then install when you want to reinstall for whatever reason. Just need to attach the external drive and run the .exe. But to each his own.
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Dual Layer DVD would be the easiest way, but an external drive would be the most cost effective and fastest solution in the long run.

You can get a 320Gb USB drive (no AC adapter required) for like $70. Its faster, much more portable (once you get a lot on it) and more durable.

If you don't need anything too portable you can get a 1Tb drive with an AC adapter for $90 which is even faster, even more reliable and is much cheaper per GB than dual layer DVDs.
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I would like to get an external hard drive, but money is a tight so that's going to have to wait. I was looking at a 1TB since I mainly wanted it to store all of my hunting pictures. Might stop at Walmart and see if I can get a 3 pack or something of the dual layer discs. Thanks for the help.

PS: Don't worry about it einstien. I understand where you are coming from and I also hate people that pirate games with a passion.
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Just go to cd-2-dvd.com and get the conversion method or custom installer there. They have Butcher Bay and Dark Athena methods listed.

That's another reason why I love Steam, too. You can archive all of the downloaded games from them and break them up into any format you want. But the thing is that you sometimes still download the language files for the games which I don't want. The website above is awesome because they tell you which exact files you can delete as well.
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Thank you shilk! Haven't burnt the DVD's yet to see if it worked but will do that tomorrow.
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