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I have a bunch of those point and click adventure games from the 90's (my youth) like Pajama Sam, Putt-Putt and Spy Fox. These CDs are becoming old and scratched. Being that these were such a memorable part of my childhood, I am looking for a way to back them up for my future kids, grandkids, etc. Where can I get started? Is there anything I should know, need to download, etc?

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Cue several responses/comments à la "you call CD-ROM games OLD !?!?" –  Code Bling May 24 '11 at 22:00
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@CodeBling: you call CD-ROM games OLD !?!? –  alex May 24 '11 at 22:02
    
here we go... :) –  Code Bling May 24 '11 at 22:05
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Plus now I don't get to hear all the old cronies complain about how they've had to migrate the storage media for their punch card code 5 times now –  Code Bling May 24 '11 at 22:07
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I can see a deck of punch cards from where I'm sitting right now. I don't have a card reader, though. I do have a (still bootable) PDP-11 in the other room, along with boxes of 8" floppies and 9-track tape reels... ;-) and I've written code to run in Windows 2.0, but we migrated to 3.0 before the project was done. –  RBerteig May 25 '11 at 0:37
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CD Burner XP (which also works on Windows Vista and Windows 7) can create a .ISO file for you (or just use its built-in CD Copy feature) using the "Copy or grab disc" option on the main screen.

  CD Burner XP (free software)
  http://www.cdburnerxp.se/

After that, you can use that .ISO file to burn a new CD.

I typically do this for my kids to have a copy to handle, that way if they wreck it (it's always an accident because they're just kids, I swear!) I can just burn a new one for them.

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...and use CDs rated for long term storage, not your Saturday market cheapies –  Linker3000 May 24 '11 at 21:52
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Thats pretty cool! Is there anyway to play the ISO directly? –  GigaJoule May 24 '11 at 21:58
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Yes. Virtual CloneDrive (which is also free) can mount your .ISO file as a virtual CD-ROM drive: slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html –  Randolf Richardson May 24 '11 at 22:01
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Another problem from that era could be 16 bit executables (especially installers) which won't run on modern 64 bit Windows systems. Also, what about DRM? Some image utilities may be able to create good enough images, but make sure that you test them before dumping the original disk. –  AndrejaKo May 24 '11 at 23:28
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DaemonTools Lite cam emulate all cd protection systems. (filehippo.com/download_daemon_tools ). There is a full version, but I've never needed it, and the lite is good enough. I pretty much don't use CDs anymore. I just rip discs to .ISO or .Bin+.Cue, and use a virtual drive. –  Fake Name May 25 '11 at 4:28
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In my opinion, the easiest way would be to save the CDs as ISOs; this way you'd have a perfect copy of the CDs and you'd be able to save them anywhere you'd like. Given the fact that the games you want to save aren't that new, the size of the ISOs would be relatively small, so storage would not be an issue.

Here's an article explaining how you can save a CD as an ISO image (there are probably other ways to do it).

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Great link. Thanks! –  GigaJoule May 24 '11 at 21:59
    
@GigaJoule: no problem. –  alex May 24 '11 at 22:02
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It's worth noting that if the CDs have some sort of copy protection, ISOs might not work. A more "raw" copy of the CD will be required.

I bought a ripper / burner from Alcohol Soft years ago which serves my purposes well (but it's not free).

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