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Final Fantasy 7 CD->DVD conversion

Discussion in 'Final Fantasy Series' started by SlickRCBD, Oct 30, 2014.

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    A long time ago I found some instructions to put all three CDs for Final Fantasy 7 onto a single DVD.
    To make it work, I had to modify some files that were installed on the computer.

    Now I can't find those instructions.

    I'd like to reverse the patch and use the CDs to play the game, but I forgot to save a backup of the old files. When I transferred the system to a different hard drive when the old one was failing some years ago, all the dates were reset.

    Which files do I need to pull off the install CD to restore it? Heck, I'd like to find those instructions again so I know how to do it again. I thought I had them bookmarked, but I can't find it.

    As for the reason, why, it's irrelevant, but I"ll put it here.
    The CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive in my old Windows 98SE/XP dual-boot system seems to have had one of the lasers failed as it refuses to read DVDs, and I'm currently unemployed. I can't justify going out and shelling out $50 for a new DVD drive for a computer over ten years old. I've got an old spare CD-ROM (yes, ROM), but no extra IDE DVD readers.

    Again, if anybody has a link to the original instructions, I'd appreciate it.

    ---------- Added 4 hours, 9 minutes and 45 seconds later... ----------

    I just got an idea, though I'd still like the original solution.
    My intent was to be able to go back to the DVD version once I obtain a replacement drive. People know I'm a tech interested in computers, so they occasionally let me have an old obsolete computer or offer me a broken one. I'll probably be able to salvage an IDE DVD-ROM sometime in the future, but I never know when that will be.

    Anyways, I just did some checking and found that the installed files will fit on a CD-R. So, I figured I'd just burn the entire install directory to a CD-R, and reinstall the game. Then when I get a new DVD reader, I'll simply copy the burned files back to my \program files directory.

    I'd rather just back up a few files rather than the entire directory, but you can't always get what you want.
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