The SafeDisc protection is one of the most common protections you may come across (or at least it was, until SafeDisc 2, 3 & 4 came out!).  It was developed by two leading companies C-Dilla and MacroVision in order to stop destructive hackers and commercial pirates from developing illegal copies to sell on the black market. It is comprised of both an authenticating digital signature embedded on the disc, as well as a multi-layered encrypted wrapper that secures the CD's contents. When a user inserts a legally purchased original CD in a CD-ROM drive, the authentication software reads the digital signature, allowing the program to be decrypted and run normally. If an counterfeit copy is loaded, the authentication software will no longer be able to find the digital signature, and the copy will not run. An advanced feature of the SafeDisc protection is the multi-level anti-hacking technology that helps prevent the reverse-engineering of it code and security features.  If you want more information on how it was developed please visit the SafeDisc website.

Detection Of The Protection

The following files should exist on the original CD:

00000001.TMP, CLCD16.DLL, CLCD32.DLL, CLOKSPL.EXE AND DXLAYER.DLL.  *Please note that not all the above files may exist on the original CD, it is quite common for no more than one file not to be there.

You can use one of the many protection detection tools from our Game Copy Protection Identifying Tools page to identify whether the protection is being used on your game.

Burning/Backup Solution

There are several different methods you can use to successfully burn/backup your game, as follows:

You can use the Generic SafeDisc Patch. Also available is the SafeDisc Patch v3.1 which will also bypass the protection.

You can use CloneCD to successfully burn the game. Use ClonyXXL to scan the game, it will then tell you what protection is being used on the game (SafeDisc) and the correct settings to use in CloneCD to successfully backup the game. You can also use Alcoholer protection scanner and Alcohol 120% burning software. Use Alcoholer to scan the game, it will then tell you what protection is being used on the game (SafeDisc) and the correct settings to use in Alcohol 120% to successfully backup the game. BlindWrite can also successfully burn a game with this protection on it. You can also use Daemon Tools to emulate the game and the protection. *Remember, if you experience problems with burning the game at high speeds, (2 speed +) (both the read and write process), then burn the game at lower speeds such as 2 speed and under (both read and write process). A lot of the time burning the game at slow speeds will solve problems of the install not working, or the burner not bypassing the CD's protection.

You can also use UnSafeDisc which is a tool used to unwrap a SafeDisc protected file by permanently removing the protection from the games exe files. Just simply run the program select the games exe file and it will permanently remove the SafeDisc protections in it.