XCI-Cutter tool (Windows)

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XCI-Cutter


Features:

- cuts off (trims) unused sectors
- optionally cuts in pieces (splits)
- batch processing


This tool reads the XCI-Header to determine the full cartridge-size and the actually used space.

By default, the tool checks if the sectors after the used space/gamedata are really unused (filled with FF).
It refuses to cut, if it finds any data in that area (this check can be bypassed by using "Fast Mode").

The tool can be used to restore these FF-sectors and expand XCI-files back to the full cartridge size.


@ChronoX_ compiled a list with actual datasizes over at:
https://wiki.gbatemp.net/wiki/XCI-Cutter


UPDATE 20.06.2018:
Trimmed and split games are now fully compatible with SX OS!

!!! Important Note: !!!
Dumps that were split with a version before v2.4.2,
have to be joined/uncut using that OLDER version.
And afterwards split again using the NEW version.
!!!


Download:
https://github.com/Destiny1984/XCI-Cutter/releases


Changelog:

v2.4.2:
- changed partsize to make split-dumps compatible with SX OS

v2.4.1:
- Bugfix release
fixed splitting which was broken in v2.4

v2.4:
- added "fast mode" to batch processing
(Direct trim of inputfiles / no safety checks)

v2.2:
Changes to batchprocessing:
- added recursive folder scanning (thanks to @RapidRaid aka getraid)
- add files and folders by Drag&Drop

v2.0:
- added batch processing with optional inputfile deletion

v1.5:
- fixed some exceptions
- implemented optional splitting

v1.0:
Initial Release
 
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If anyone is hesitating if we need this, I tried trimming some ROMs and here are examples:
  • Rocket.League.NSW-BigBlueBox.xci: 7616MB -> 5346MB
  • The.Binding.of.Isaac.Afterbirth.plus.EUR.NSW-BigBlueBox.xci: 1904MB -> 935MB
  • Dragon.Quest.Builders.NSW-BigBlueBox.xci:1904MB -> 1178MB
  • Gear.Club.Unlimited.NSW-BigBlueBox.xci: 7616MB -> 5832MB
  • Super.Bomberman.R.PROPER.NSW-BigBlueBox.xci: 3808MB -> 2326MB
  • ARMS.PROPER.NSW-BigBlueBox.xci: 3808MB -> 2658MB
  • Retro.City.Rampage.DX.USA.PROPER.NSW-BigBlueBox.xci: 1904MB -> 392MB (That's a record!)
So after trimming 7 ROMs i saved 9893MB! Now that's impressive!
 
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Doesn't Wii Scrubber work a little different?
A useful app that allows you to 'scrub' away the garbage data of Wii ISOs, replacing it with blank compressable data

XCI-Cutter doesn't replace garbage data with compressable data, XCI-Cutter trims blank data.
It's more like 3DS ROM trimmers.

In my opinion developer has full right to name created solution however he wants.
 
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Great idea, reversible makes it a must have for people collecting the roms

I'd love to see some sizes compared before and after scrubbing :)
Because of the way cartridges come in powers of 2, I'd imagine you can shrink them down to about 75% of the original size on average, which is quite nice.
 
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isnt it the same thing that any compression algorithm do? im pretty sure that putting it in 7z archive would give similar result
 
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