ROMs and ISOs

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Sep 3, 2012

ROMs and ISOs by Xenirina at 12:39 PM (679 Views / 0 Likes) 11 replies

  1. Xenirina
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    It have been organizing my collection of console games and such and a thought came to me. What makes a ROM and ROM and an ISO an ISO?

    Is the extension?
    The console it is played on?

    Just wondering because it is an interesting thing.
     
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    Rom's come from cartridges

    ISO's come from disks
     
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    A ROM is a cartridge game base dump (N64, GBA, NDS,... dumps are Roms)
    An ISO is a CD/DVD game base dump (NGC, PSX, Xbox,... dumps are ISOs)
     
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    ROMs are generally cartridge based. They're named ROMs because they are ripped from the Read Only Memory.

    ISOs are disk based. They're named ISOs because generally CD-ROM disks used the ISO...9660 file system if I remember correctly, however nowadays there are 2 or 3 more different file systems. But we just stuck with ISO.
     
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    Can we get a few more people to say the exact same thing in a slightly different way?
    We wont understand otherwise.

    Thanks.
     
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    I laughed.
     
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    Happens in every other thread, so why not this one? Like seriously, go look at any other stupid question thread in the 3DS section or any of the flashcard sections and you'll see 2 pages of people repeating the same answer.
     
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    I'm trying to like your post more than once but it won't let me.
     
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    ROM = Read -Only Memory, backups where ROM chips store game data, used on cartridges
    ISO = International Organization for Standardization, is a optical disc image
     
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    If it comes from a CD-ROM or a DVD-ROM...it's called an image. Not to be confused with pictures, obviously. Or with roms. As such, 'image' is abbreviated to 'iso'.


    'Rom', on the other hand, is an abbreviation of "Data From Cartridge". The reason it's not called DFC is because the guy who first manages it thought it would be cool to pick other letters to make up for the abbreviation. So it's not "Data From Cartridge" but "data fROM cartridge".




    ...and if you believe any of the above, you should go slap yourself in the face until it makes sense. :P
     
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    To be fair the post above yours is the first one to actually note where the names came from.
     
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    Well that has cleared up any confusion.
    Thanks.
     

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