Ripping Blu-Ray discs and other discs is easy using your PlayStation 3 console. But before you can begin, you will require the following:
- Linux installed on PS3
- 50GB free space under Linux or external hard drive
- Blu-Ray game disc (or other disc)
- Access to PC with Windows XP
In this guide, we use Yellow Dog Linux to show how to rip blu-ray discs using your PlayStation 3. Follow the below instructions to the letter in order to successfully rip a disc.
- Boot up your PlayStation 3 using the OtherOS Boot Option. Go to [Settings] > [System Settings] > [Default System] and select “OtherOS”. Select “Yes” to boot into the OtherOS.
- Change the session to use Gnome. To do this, click on Session and select Gnome. Login using username “root” and your password.
- Once logged in, start the Terminal Program.
- Insert the game you wish to rip if it is not already inserted.
- Connect an external hard drive via USB if you do not have enough space. You should have 50GB free, but the actual disc may be smaller than this amount.
- In the Terminal window, enter the following command:
dd if=/dev/cdrom | split -b 4000m – /location/to/hard-drive/game.iso. (remember to include the last period ‘.’).
- Depending on the size of the disc, it could take a few minutes to rip a game. We managed to rip a 6.9GB Blu-Ray game in just under 13 minutes.
Once ripped, you can test the ISO files by removing the suffix (e.g. .aa) so that it becomes a ISO file. The ISO images can be opened up using File Roller. Depending on the size of the disc, the ISO image may be split into several parts. This is because there is a file size limit on the FAT file system. To recombine the files into one ISO, it is best to use a Windows XP PC with a NTFS formatted drive. You can use the command line:
copy /b game.iso.* game.iso