Before you can begin backing up UMDs, you require a few things, they are:
- UMD Ripping Tool – there are several available including UMD Ripper GX, UMDNetRipper, UMDTool etc.
- A Homebrew Compatible PSP with a working UMD Drive – you can use UMDTool to test your UMD Drive.
- UMDGen – a tool to convert files into PSP compatible ISOs and to convert ISOs into different formats.
- A large memory card (actual size will depend on which game you would like to rip) – ideal size is 2GB with at least 1.8GB free.
To backup a UMD, follow the below instructions:
- Insert a UMD into the drive and start up your ripping application, the easiest to use is UMD Ripper GX.
- Depending on the size of the game, the ripping process may take a long time. The ripped UMD will either be stored as a ISO file or as seperate files.
(UMDTool and UMDNetRipper both extract files seperately. UMD Ripper GX extracts an ISO Image saved as “GX.ISO” in folder “X:ISO”)
- After the ripping process is completed, check your memory stick for the dumped files, the actual location depends on what program you use (see individual readme files for information).
- If an ISO file is created, then the process is complete and you have successfully backed-up a UMD.
If you see individual files, you will need to use UMDGen to create an ISO manually.