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Best software for copying DVD to external hard drive?

by buzzinlsu / February 15, 2012 12:26 AM PST

I have a WDTV Live and another Western Digital hard drive. I want to put all of my media(DVD's, Music, etc.) on these drives for easier access. What are the best software choices for copying DVD to an external hard drive while still being able to access and play the movies?

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I thought WD had apps for that?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2012 12:29 AM PST

But maybe the sheer number of solutions daunted them and us today. Did you try Handbrake? It works fine for me.

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Slysoft AnyDVD + ImgBurn + Handbrake
by pHostre / February 16, 2012 8:47 AM PST

@Buzz - I have pretty much the same setup that you describe: a 36in Samsung HDTV connected to an LG blu-ray player and an WDTV Live. I have converted my entire DVD movie collection and my music CD collection to digital format by "ripping" them and then converting them to formats that will store easily on and external USB-powered 1TB WD Passport drive that plugs directly into the USB port on the back of my WDTV Live. Ripping music CDs to mp3 is fairly easy and even Windows Media Player can do that, so I'll limit my remarks to DVD ripping and encoding.

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How about this
by Cola56 / February 22, 2012 10:54 AM PST
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Re: copying DVD
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 22, 2012 4:47 PM PST

I would just copy the DVD (make an image of it using IMGBURN). Then, to play it, I would mount it as a virtual drive (just one click if you use Visual CloneDrive).

It's fast (no conversion needed), cheap (both titles I mentioned are free downloads), you don't get any loss of quality or features and any program that can play DVD's can play the mounted image also.


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