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    My DVD / Bluray collection has finally taken up too much space in the living room so i have had to resort to putting them in the loft. I have around +500 dvd's and 50 blurays. I would like to transfer them all onto some sort of media entertainment solution so i don't have to keep going up the loft to fetch a dvd but am a total newbie with this so am asking for some advise from you lot ;-)
    (I also have around 1,000 cd's which i'd like to transfer as well.)

    > What do i need in terms of hardware & storage space?
    > Most of the disks are copy protected, can these be transferred?
    > How long would it take to copy them all?

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    Isn't this illegal?
    Edited by: "farhadmaster" 28th Dec 2010

    I'm afraid no matter what people tell you about backing up your own dvds being okay it is illegal. You can get software fairly easily off the net but while being caught doing it is fairly remote if you have lots, ie over 20 then it is would be followed up by the police and cps a couple and I don't think they would bother so much.

    It's not illegal to have a back up of a DVD that you own it's illegal when you have a "back up" DVD that you don't own

    Banned

    you would never get prosecuted for having a backup of a dvd that you own.

    unfortunately media solutions require a conversion from dvd / BR to avi/mp4 which I is illegal I think. Also you will be sacrificing quality so a bit pointless buying blu-rays only to downgrade the quality.

    just buy a large dvd flight case that can store 500-1000 dvds and create an index
    e.g.

    diskdepot.co.uk/aca…htm

    If you got something like the Western Digital TV Live you could use 2tb Hard drives connected to it and it will play DVDs from ISO files (Image files of the DVD).

    Never converted Blurays myself. You will need a fair bit of storage for the numbers you have.

    I have all my music DVDs stored on a HDD so I could pack the originals away to give my girlfriend shelf space for books.

    500 DVDS - 500 x 8GB (Assuming dual layered) - 4000GB
    50 Blu rays - 50 x 15GB (average movie file size from a blu ray. The rest is extras) - 750GB
    1000CD's - - 1000cds x 150mb per cd. (average rip to mp3) - 146GB, say 150GB.

    Total Space you will need - 4900GB - 4.79TB. Lets say 5TB.

    Thats how much space you will need to back it up. 2tb drive is like £75-£80 now?

    Get 3 of those, and you are looking at £240 for storage. This also gives you a spare 1TB for future DVD and blu ray purchases.

    The time to rip all these, well, I wouldnt have a clue. Could be quicker downloading them all...when you take into consideration copyright protection. I remember DVD Decrypter used to get passed it, but I dont have a clue now how you would do it.

    Original Poster

    dt_matthews

    DVDFab, AnyDVD, Handbrake, this article should be a good pointer...hth



    great link, thanks

    Original Poster

    hippyharry

    500 DVDS - 500 x 8GB (Assuming dual layered) - 4000GB50 Blu rays - 50 x … 500 DVDS - 500 x 8GB (Assuming dual layered) - 4000GB50 Blu rays - 50 x 15GB (average movie file size from a blu ray. The rest is extras) - 750GB1000CD's - - 1000cds x 150mb per cd. (average rip to mp3) - 146GB, say 150GB.Total Space you will need - 4900GB - 4.79TB. Lets say 5TB.Thats how much space you will need to back it up. 2tb drive is like £75-£80 now?Get 3 of those, and you are looking at £240 for storage. This also gives you a spare 1TB for future DVD and blu ray purchases.The time to rip all these, well, I wouldnt have a clue. Could be quicker downloading them all...when you take into consideration copyright protection. I remember DVD Decrypter used to get passed it, but I dont have a clue now how you would do it.



    Thanks for the breakdown in storage space

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    Can someone recommend me a decent HDD or at least tell me which ones to avoid?

    Original Poster

    OK so i'll settle for the western digital elements HDD but what about the media center?
    I like the Popcorn hour and i also like the Western Digital TV Live HD but i've heard only good things about the Acer Aspire Revo, but which is best? (no fighting please!)
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