MagicISO FAQ #0010
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How to combine 5 SUSE Linux CD's into 1 SUSE
** Note this is intended ONLY for a purchased
version of SUSE, and is not intended for anyone
to use in the act of pirating software. Donít
beat me up for this, but Additional software,
and hardware are required ( MagicISO ) and a
computer running a version of Windows with NTFS
file system to handle the large file that will
be created. We would have used Linux but We
could not locate the tools to do this as easy.
There are always discussions about piracy etc.
We do not condone it. We have used this method
for combining many different types of legal CD's
into ONE DVD. That way We can keep my original
copies safe and sound in their multiple CD
format, not worry about scratching or damage,
and it is darn handy if you use a lot of CD's as
1.) Create a folder to hold the ISO image on the
2.) Create an ISO image of the First CD of the
Suse 9.2 set in the folder you created. I used
Nero to create an nrg image and converted it
using MagicISO. MagicISO can also create an
image from the tools menu select CD/DVD Image.
3.) Next open the Image you created with
MagicISO, there you will be able to see the
internal directory structure of the image file.
You can extract files from it or add files /
folders to it. It should look like, not
4.) Insert CD # 2 into the drive and open it
using the bottom browser pane of MagicISO. On
the right side bottom pane select EVERYTHING on
the disk. Drag this selection to the very top of
the image directory top left window where it is
labeled ď SU920.001 ď and drop it there. It will
ask about overwriting several files ď license,
copying, etc just answer yes to all.
5.) Once CD # 2ís contents have been added to
the image of CD # 1, select file and save the
image. You have to leave the CD # 2 in the drive
until this step is completed. Note the save
takes a while it could be 10 minutes on a slow
6.) Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each of the 3
remaining CDís. Remember to save after you add
each of the CDís contents. Always make sure you
drag to the very top of the directory structure
where it says SU920.001, and save after each CD.
7.) When you get to this step you should have an
image file that shows in MagicISO as 3,240 MB,
windows will display this number differently in
explorer. The directories should read top to
bottom as below not expanded:
SU920.001 ( This is the Volume Label ) that we
are going to change next.
8.) Next select the top of the directory
structure where it states ďSU920.001Ē, right
click it and rename it to SU920.DVD. Iím not
sure this step even matters but thatís what I
did. It should now look like:
9.) Only one problem left, the MD5SUM files are
messed up as the only ones you have in the image
file are the last CDís MD5SUM's. These files are
plain text files that have a file list of the
directory contents and each of the MD5SUMís for
each file. They are contained in the directories
i586, i686, noarch, and setup directories under
the suse directory.
10.) We do not need to bother with the ďsetupĒ
directory MD5SUM file, it is still the original
from CD # 1, and it should only be one file
md5sum listed, none of the other CDís has this
11.) Create a temporary directory for each of
the i586, i686, noarch directories on the
windows PC, Insert CD #1 into the drive and copy
the MD5SUM files from the CD to the respective
temp hard disk folders.
12.) Next insert each of the other CDís ( 2, 3,
4, and finally 5 ) one at a time and append the
appropriate MD5SUM text to the bottom of the
MD5SUM files from CD # 1. Remember when they are
saved DO NOT GIVE THEM A FILE EXTENSION! Windows
may want to assign it as ď MD5SUM.txt ď it
should be ď MD5SUM Ē Without the quotes.
13.) When the MD5SUM files are all combined into
a plain text file for each directory i586, i686,
noarch, we just use MagicISO to copy each of
these files to their respective directory and
overwrite the existing MD5SUM file inside of the
image, and save the ISO image again. The image
file is complete and ready to burn.
14.) The last step is to use your favorite DVD
burning software and burn the image to a blank +
or - DVD of your choice. I always use a slow
speed for DVD burning for quality. Save the
image file until you are sure that you have a
All together creating the ISO image took about
an hour and a half to complete, and another half
an hour to burn. You also can burn to DVD
on-the-fly with MagicISO for save time.
If you have any question, Please let us know.