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How to get DVD'S onto harddrive?

How to get DVD'S onto harddrive?

Hopefully someone can help me. I have quite a few DVD's I'd like to store on my computer but I have no idea how to get them on to it. I only have CD-RW on my comp so I know I'll have to buy external add-ons. That's not a problem, the problem is that I have no idea what I need to to buy. I'd just like to be able to pop a regular store bought DVD into the tray, watch it on my comp and save it in a movie folder on my hard drive when I'm done. Is it possible to do this?
Thanks in advance for anyone taking the time to respond.

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Saving DVD's to the Harddrive...


Piece of cake!

All you need is a DVD-Rom drive and/or a burner if you would like to burn to DVD R +/-, RW +/w.

Next you will need a program like PowerDVD (my favorite) or WinDVD. These will allow you to play the DVD's ripped to your hard drive.

Last you will need to download "DVDFab Decrypter". This is a free program with limited settings. I prefer it to the full versions you pay for.

Step I - Stick the DVD in the drive and make it the source of DVDFab Decrypter. Then specify the directory you want to rip the DVD to.

Step II - Once it is done, open PowerDVD and specify the source of the hard drive file directory to be played.

DONE! It also rips in surround sound.

Good luck and have fun. Also, make sure these are DVD's you personally own. Otherwise the studios will be wanting to kill the company that produces this software for piracy reasons.

Take care,

Shawn Mosqueda
WireSmart LLC

How To Build A Home Theater PC ebook coming soon!

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download Imtoo DVD Ripper to rip dvds to HD
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Imtoo - not freeware, but is it able to remove anti-piracy?


I tried the trial version of Imtoo and was unble to rip MANY DVD's because of anti-piracy protection on different DVD's. Is there an upgrade that allows you to rip any DVD by removing the anti-piracy software before ripping? I thought since you were suggesting this software that maybe you knew? Or do you just need to purchase the full version?

DVDFab Decrypter is able to remove any anti-piracy software, but unable to rip to different formats.

Thank you,

Shawn Mosqueda
WireSmart LLC

How To Build A Home Theater PC ebook coming soon! visit

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My way

Use DVD Decryptor and rip the DVD to the Hard Disk.
This is freeware.

Each DVD may occupy around 8.5 GB.

For saving space you can compress it to MPEG4 from MPEG2. Use Auto Gordian Knot to convert the whole movie to about 1.5 to 2 GB. AGK is freeware, the XVid and Divx codecs are also freeware. Divx Pro codec is not freeware.

Dr.Divx was another simple program to do the conversion, but has been withdrawn and is not available on the Divx site. Should be available by googling. The last version was 1.0.6

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Free to rip dvds ...

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