There was a better way than that (which probably would have meant the clip didn't break). You'd boot up with no disc, go to the CD player, then insert your original. Take out the disc (holding the door-open button closed), then put in the CD-R. Exit the CD player and it would boot up fine.
Yes, I did that too but it only worked for certain games, you couldnt do it with newer games.
Now I just stick to buying the games.
Infact I now buy most of the games I had from second hand games shops etc.