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  • #40090
    sfphreak
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    Hi,

    I’m a long time lurker, first time poster. I’ve been a huge SF buff since I was a kid, and I have a rapidly growing movie/tv collection. Here’s my question. Do you back up your DVDs? And if so, why? I’ve been thinking hard about starting this process. It seems like it doesn’t cost too much these days to get the equipment and software. I’m not sure if I want to invest the time.

    What are your opinions?

    #72505
    theFrey
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    If you have something weird, that may not be arround forever …. yes. Face it, some of the more obsure DVD’s are only going to be available once. And even the cult stuff that sells well may have times when it is out of rotation in the manufacturers catalog.

    #72519
    baconz
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    theFrey is absolutely right about availability. Not to mention losing ones you lent out, or getting them scratched up. Heck, its an investment right? I’d like to protect mine. And its really not that expensive, I got a sony dvd burner from tigerdirect for around $100, and there are cheaper ones than that. Then I had Nero and a ripper but moved on to 123copydvd because it was faster to use and had more features. I know there’s all kinds of talk about legality, but this is my personal use and I really resent it that someone tells me I can’t do something 😉

    #72530
    theFrey
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    In fact, lend out the back up and keep the original in a safe place. 🙂

    #72544
    VictorKatz
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      Yes, I highly recommend backing up your DVD collection! If you have a DVD writer you can download good, free software from http://www.afterdawn.com. Click the link then click the tab along the top of the webpage that says “software” and look for DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink. Download both of these programs (they are freeware!). You may have to disable your firewall to download them. While you’re at the site, you may wish to register, so that if you have any problems you can get help. The people in the forums are very nice and more than willing to help a “newbie”. You may also wish to go to this site http://www.digitalfaq.com/dvdcopy/shrink/dvdshrink.pdf and download their excellent guide to using DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink

      Please remember … Only use these programs to back up your own DVDs since piracy is a crime!

      I also recommend storing the original DVDs in a safe place and playing and loaning the copies.

                      If you have a difficult task,
                        give it to a lazy person …
                they will find an easier way to do it.

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