Here are some pros and cons of the random padding that is currently present in all Xbox1 dumps in the database:
- It's on the disc. It can be dumped and therefore SHOULD be dumped for complete preservation.
- It doesn't appear to have any purpose, not for security, not for anything else
- It makes it impossible to dump xbox games properly on pc drives (at least for now)
- It's not part of the actual game data, or the file system, so why preserve it?
- It also hurts the preservation aspect as far as the size goes: If there is 2gb of game data on the disc, there will be 5gb of random padding. This random padding can't really be compressed, so images are much larger than they can be, and this just for some random useless bytes!
I think in the end it all depends on the interpretation of the word 'preservation'. Valid points can be made for and against including this data. Personally, I don't see how the padding is any more relevant than:
- Ring data on saturn/dreamcast discs which Redump doesn't include in dumps
- Lead-in and lead-out and pregap and postgap data which Redump doesn't include in dumps
- Subchannels which Redump doesn't include in dumps
Redump seems to focus on dumping all relevant game data, so in this perspective, excluding the random padding wouldn't interfere with our goals.
Plz vote in the poll, and I hope the staff will use the results to determine the future direction for this system.
edit: POLL RESULT: 7 votes for keeping the current method, and 3 for removing the random padding