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Recommendations for CD/DVD copying software

Hi,
Any recommendations for software to convert CDs and DVDs to digital content? I need something for Windows 10 and that will allow me to download to a google drive or external hard drive.

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Re: copy CD/DVD

Since CD's and DVD's already have digital content, there is no need to convert.

VLC can play video from an image (made with free IMGBURN). And possibly (but that's not clear) audio from an image also.
If not, you can mount the CD image in Windows 10 as a drive and see if you can play that like you can play from a real CD in the optical drive. But you might prefer to rip the CD to individual .mp3 or .wav files. Both iTunes and CDEX are free, and you might be able to find other programs if you google RIP CD.

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CDEX appears to have gone to the dark side.
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CD/did copying

I purchased the discs back in the early 2000's so not sure the have a digital copy embedded in them

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Try some free DVD rippers before drawing out your wallet

Since you brought your large collection of dvds in early 2000, you are suggested to try any free DVD ripper, like MakeMKV, HandBrake (+libdvdcss.dll file), WinX DVD Ripper, for the backup job.
Reason 1. Commercial DVDs began to built anti-copy mechanism in like CSS, region code and user operation prohibition/UOP around 2000. So your DVD bros may be involved in the crownd.
Reason 2. The initial DVD copy protection techs are simpler than that brought by film companies later. DVD ripper software, even the free ones, usually can dump one or multiple copy protections, especially the most widely used CSS.
If they free programs all fail to read or copy your DVD, well, you have to pay for the backup.

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