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cheapest dvd with hard drive and large external Hard drive (any advice welcome)

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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
Looking for something to put the kids dvd's on as they keep destroying them, but will still play dvd's anything considered.

but would like it to accept as many formats as poss so I don't have to worry what format I use as I have a personal media player that takes different formats.

Also need an external hard drive for music and photos dvds ect... at least 250gb but 500gb ideally

not got lots of money but want everything to do all I need it too so looking for best deal more than cheapest

Any advice welcome

Thanks
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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
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banned#1
Check other threads for external Harddrive there's a 500gb one for just under £50.

I think you'll find a lot of the kids dvd's are copy protected to stop you transferring, or copying them. However the few that I have found are copyable for this reason I've found the copy facility on your pc will do fine. An alternative (that I have been looking into recently) is to download (legally of course) the shows and copy them to a dvd, that way you can keep the master on your pc harddrive and produce a new copy when the kids destroy the original, I understand you are leagally allowed to create at least one copy of downloaded material.
#2
I've found the simplest way of doing this is to buy a cheap old PC (p3 would do) and put a cheap HD in it with VLC player on. 80gb is £25 most places now. You can create large desktop icons for each film or prog, two clicks on it and it's playing fine. The added advantage is it's getting the kids used to using a desktop interface too! You can make this nice and simple, an on/off switch on the front and a usb socket on the back are all that you need, everything else can be removed or taped over. £40 project I reckon.
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billyX
I've found the simplest way of doing this is to buy a cheap old PC (p3 would do) and put a cheap HD in it with VLC player on. 80gb is £25 most places now. You can create large desktop icons for each film or prog, two clicks on it and it's playing fine. The added advantage is it's getting the kids used to using a desktop interface too! You can make this nice and simple, an on/off switch on the front and a usb socket on the back are all that you need, everything else can be removed or taped over. £40 project I reckon.


What a good idea, how do you get over the copy protection though?:?
#4
What a good idea, how do you get over the copy protection though



DVDFAB decryptor will enable you to copy it, i used it when my multi-region DVD player broke, and i couldn't play any of my import DVD's so i decrypted them using that then burnt them.


You can download a software program like DVDshrink. That'll save you space as DVD's take up 9Gb of memory, this will shrink it down to 4.5gb which is the size of a standad DVD-R.

I was going to sell my DVd collection as i rarely if ever watch them, i thought about backing them all up but at 350 DVD's x 4.5Gb it's not feasible.
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billyX
I've found the simplest way of doing this is to buy a cheap old PC (p3 would do) and put a cheap HD in it with VLC player on. 80gb is £25 most places now. You can create large desktop icons for each film or prog, two clicks on it and it's playing fine. The added advantage is it's getting the kids used to using a desktop interface too! You can make this nice and simple, an on/off switch on the front and a usb socket on the back are all that you need, everything else can be removed or taped over. £40 project I reckon.


I understood all of that except the VLC bit what is VLC...sure I am just having a slow day LOL

Think this could work well as eldest is 4 and can use a pc to some extent, not sure about my younger one, but I am sure she would quickly learn. Thank you for a great idea!
#6
UltimoScorpion
Check other threads for external Harddrive there's a 500gb one for just under £50.

I think you'll find a lot of the kids dvd's are copy protected to stop you transferring, or copying them. However the few that I have found are copyable for this reason I've found the copy facility on your pc will do fine. An alternative (that I have been looking into recently) is to download (legally of course) the shows and copy them to a dvd, that way you can keep the master on your pc harddrive and produce a new copy when the kids destroy the original, I understand you are leagally allowed to create at least one copy of downloaded material.


Thank you I did have a look before I wrote the post but must have missed that one I am off to see if I can find it the now.
#7
UltimoScorpion
What a good idea, how do you get over the copy protection though?:?


There's loads of programs to remove copy protection and everyone has there favourites.

DVDDecrypter

DVDFab HD Decrypter

RipIt4Me (DVDdecryter and FixVTS 1.7)

are the ones I use and are free. There are a load of paid for ones too.

Check AfterDawnDoom9.net and a load of other sites for software and guides.
#8
Be careful with dvd decrypter (not dvd fab decrypter). It was removed from service after its developer was threatened with legal action. If you use it i would make sure the update box isnt ticked in the options, and also be careful where you download it from if you do wish to use it. DVDFab Decrypter is a good alternative.
#9
UltimoScorpion
Check other threads for external Harddrive there's a 500gb one for just under £50.

I think you'll find a lot of the kids dvd's are copy protected to stop you transferring, or copying them. However the few that I have found are copyable for this reason I've found the copy facility on your pc will do fine. An alternative (that I have been looking into recently) is to download (legally of course) the shows and copy them to a dvd, that way you can keep the master on your pc harddrive and produce a new copy when the kids destroy the original, I understand you are leagally allowed to create at least one copy of downloaded material.



:-( can't find the one under £50... sure it wasn't just under £60 seen 2 of them and also one on Amazon at £62 something....
#10
sheps
I understood all of that except the VLC bit what is VLC...sure I am just having a slow day LOL

Think this could work well as eldest is 4 and can use a pc to some extent, not sure about my younger one, but I am sure she would quickly learn. Thank you for a great idea!

Hiya, sorry sheps, VLC is one of those things that is so good you forget there are any alternatives and begin to presume everyone uses it! VLC http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ is just a free media player, but it will play anything you download or transfer into a file. Simply put, with VLC you double click on a file (music, video, etc) and it plays- no hassle, no 'you need to download a codec to play this file' etc, and its a small programme too. I had problems trying to play films on the setup I built (P3 with 64mb memory, £8 from the market!) because the memory was so small- but with VLC they play perfectly. The 'buttons' on it are play, pause, forward, reverse etc so it's as simple to use as a video recorder- although with the ages of your young ones, I guess it's possible they haven't seen a video recorder, just DVDs!

To backup my dvds I use the aforementioned DVD fab platinum, which costs money, but puts the disc into a divx format for you without too much messing about (select a few options and click start) so is a good investment. A 90 mins film will compress to 700mb easily, so a 80gb hard drive will fit 80 films for starters.

If you can get your head around bittorrent, uknova always have good kids stuff for downloading- they only offer files that can't be got on dvd, so there's some sort of ethics there. I downloaded a load of 1980s 'Look and Read' tv programmes there about a year ago, and they are slowly making a comeback in classrooms of schools I visit- almost 30 years old and Wordy's still the best way of teaching English!
http://images.wikia.com/uncyclopedia/images/thumb/0/04/Wordy.jpg/180px-Wordy.jpg
#11
billyX
Hiya, sorry sheps, VLC is one of those things that is so good you forget there are any alternatives and begin to presume everyone uses it! VLC http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ is just a free media player, but it will play anything you download or transfer into a file. Simply put, with VLC you double click on a file (music, video, etc) and it plays- no hassle, no 'you need to download a codec to play this file' etc, and its a small programme too. I had problems trying to play films on the setup I built (P3 with 64mb memory, £8 from the market!) because the memory was so small- but with VLC they play perfectly. The 'buttons' on it are play, pause, forward, reverse etc so it's as simple to use as a video recorder- although with the ages of your young ones, I guess it's possible they haven't seen a video recorder, just DVDs!

To backup my dvds I use the aforementioned DVD fab platinum, which costs money, but puts the disc into a divx format for you without too much messing about (select a few options and click start) so is a good investment. A 90 mins film will compress to 700mb easily, so a 80gb hard drive will fit 80 films for starters.

If you can get your head around bittorrent, uknova always have good kids stuff for downloading- they only offer files that can't be got on dvd, so there's some sort of ethics there. I downloaded a load of 1980s 'Look and Read' tv programmes there about a year ago, and they are slowly making a comeback in classrooms of schools I visit- almost 30 years old and Wordy's still the best way of teaching English!
http://images.wikia.com/uncyclopedia/images/thumb/0/04/Wordy.jpg/180px-Wordy.jpg



at almost 30 I remember wordy LOL that brought back memories, I also have an ever growing collection of classics, but never used uknova, stick to a few other well known ones.

I have an old P3 in the house so I will set it up for them tomorrow, think it will need a bigger hard drive but otherwise it ok, it was only ever used to go online with, so hard drive was never important before, sure I will find something to go in it.... it not hubbie been looking for an excuse to get a new pc as the other one in the house is one of the first P4 and only 1.8g and not good for gaming so he will gladly give the kids that one is we can find something cheapish and half decent to replace it.

I have software that came with my media player that converts files so that is not a problem (not sure about the compressing bit as I have never really looked into it but think it is about time I did. and I will check the media player (VLC) out tomorrow. Thanks for all the advice

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