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FriiDump - A program to dump Nintendo Wii and GameCube disc


FriiDump is a program that lets you dump Nintendo Wii and GameCube disc from

your computer, without using original Nintendo hardware. It basically performs

the same functions as the famous "RawDump" program, but with a big difference,

which should be clear straight from its name: FriiDump is free software, where

"free" is to be intended both as in "free speech" and in "free beer". As such,

FriiDump is distributed with its sources.

This leads to a number of good consequences:

- Having the sources available, it can be easily ported to different operating

  systems and hardware platforms. At the moment it is developed under a

  GNU/Linux system, but it also runs natively on Windows. A MacOS X version can

  be easily created, although I don't have a Mac, so I can't do it myself.

- Also, having the sources and these being well-organized (I know I'm a modest

  guy) allows support for new DVD-ROM drives to be added relatively easily. At

  the moment the same drives as RawDump are supported, but this might improve

  in the future, if anyone takes the effort... See README.technical for


- The sources might also be used as a reference for several things regarding

  Nintendo Wii/GameCube discs and the hacks used to read them on an ordinary


Furthermore, FriiDump also features some functional improvements over RawDump:

- FriiDump can use 4 different methods to read the disc, with different


- FriiDump dumps a lot of useful information about the discs it dumps,

  such as whether the disc contains an update or not, which can help avoid

  bricking your Wii ;).

- FriiDump calculates the CRC32, MD4, MD5, SHA-1 and ED2K hashes of dumped

  discs, so you can immediately know if your dump is good or not, by comparing

  the hashes with the well-known ones available on several Internet sites.

- FriiDump comes in the form of a library and a command-line front-end, which

  allows its functions to be easily reused in other programs.

Unfortunately, there is also a main downfall:

- Even the fastest dump method used by FriiDump is not as fast as RawDump (but

  not that much slower, either, see the table below).

Anyway, I'm sure that people who cannot use RawDump (i.e.: GNU/Linux, *BSD and

MacOS X users) will be happy anyway. Besides, you get the sources, so you can

improve them yourself.

Note that FriiDump is only useful to dump *original* Nintendo discs. To dump

backup copies you can use any DVD-dumping program (i.e.: dd under UNIX ;)).

FriiDump came to existance thanks to the work by a lot of people, most of which

are probably not aware of this fact ;). Please see the AUTHORS file for the



Supported drives


At the moment the same drives as RawDump are supported. This is due to various

reasons, explained in the README.technical file, which also contains

information about what is needed to add support for more drives.

Currently supported drives are:

- LG GDR-8161B (untested, but should work)

- LG GDR-8162B (ditto)



Other drives might work, most likely those based on the Hitachi MN103

microcontroller. If you find any of them, please report so that they can be

added to the compatibility list.




If you are a Windows user, probably you will have downloaded the binaries,

either zipped or together with an installer, so the installation should be


If you downloaded the sources, you will need to compile them. FriiDump uses

CMake, for easy portability, so you will need to get it from On

Windows you will also need a compiler like Visual Studio (the only tested one,

so far) or CygWin/MinGW. On UNIX just do the following, from the directory

where you unpacked the sources into:

$ mkdir BUILD

$ cd BUILD

$ cmake ..

$ make

$ make install

Linux-specific note: You need root privileges to issue certain commands to the

DVD-ROM drive. Hence you have the following possibilities:

- Run FriiDump as root: discouraged.

- Run it through sudo: better but nevertheless discouraged.

- Set the setuid bit on the executable: this is the recommended way to run

  FriiDump under Linux. This way, the code run with superuser privileges will

  be reduced to a minimum, guaranteeing a certain level of security (note that

  security-related bugs might exist anyway!!!). Also note that, even when the

  setuid bit is set, the attempt to open the drive for reading will be done

  after privileges have been dropped, so you will need explicit read access to

  the DVD-ROM drive. Usually having the system administrator add you to the

  "cdrom" group is enough. To set the setuid bit on the executable, run as


  $ chown root:root /usr/local/bin/friidump

  $ chmod u+s /usr/local/bin/friidump




FriiDump is a command-line program, so you will need to run it from a terminal

or a command-prompt under Windows. The basic usage is as follows:

friidump -d <drive> -a

where <drive> will usually be something like "/dev/hda" on Unix-like systems,

and something like "e:" for Windows users. With this command, the disc will be

dumped to an ISO image file with an automatically-chosen name. Drop -a and use

the -i option if you prefer to specify the filename yourself. If you want to

resume an existing dump, use -s. If you want to dump the disc to a raw format

image file, use -r. Note that you can create a raw and an ISO image at the same


Other options you might want to use are -1 through -4, to set the dump method,

although the default is method 4, which is the fastest one, so most likely you

will not need them.

Finally, use -h for a listing of all available options.




As stated above, FriiDump is not as fast as RawDump. On my PC (Athlon64 3200+),

performance is as follows:


|  Method  |  Dump speed  |  GameCube disc dump time  |  Wii disc dump time   |


|    1     |  Too slow ;) |          Eternity         |   More than eternity  |

|    2     |   ~570 MB/h  |         2.5 hours         |         8 hours       |

|    3     |   ~740 MB/h  |          2 hours          |         6 hours       |

|    4     |  ~1250 MB/h  |         1.2 hours         |        3.5 hours      |





I'm releasing this program under the nickname of "Arep". This is because I am

not sure about the legal status of the program, and I do not want to encounter

any consequences. Actually, I'm pretty sure FriiDump goes against the DMCA,

being a program that circumvents copy-protection, but it might be objected that

the format used by Nintendo discs is not a copy-protection method, but just

their own, undocumented, disc format. Although, I think it can be freely used

in Europe and other coutries without laws similar to the DMCA.

For the same reason, I am not putting an e-mail address here (that you

find in the program is obviously a pun), but support will be provided through

the forums of the Italian ConsoleTribe forum, at

If you need help, just open a thread in any section there, even in English: I

will *not* reply, but you might stand assured I will read everything you write.

FriiDump users are encouraged to help each other there ;).

Patches are welcome, too: just attach them to your post, and maybe put

something like "[PATCH]" in the topic subject, so that I can easily spot them.

New releases will be announced on that forum, and also on, if I find a

good way to notify them.

If you want to donate to the project, do not do it, and donate to one of the

free Wii modchip projects out there, such as OpenWii, WiiFree or YAOSM.




FriiDump is distributed under the GNU General Public License version 2. See the

COPYING file for details.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY

WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A


Also, please note that this program is not meant to be used to spread game

piracy, but rather to be instrument to make backups of your own precious

legally-bought games.

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