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Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by GreenInvestments, Nov 19, 2011.

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  1. GreenInvestments

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    I have a DVD of our kids party lent to me and I want to make copies of it. Right now I don't have any blank DVD's so want to save it onto my PC. How do I do this?
     
  2. pip22

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    Create a DVD Image File on your hard drive. Then, when you manage to get some blank DVD discs, write the image file to one of them and it will be an exact copy. Creating an image file is also useful if you want to make several copies of the same source disc.

    Of course, you need some software to create & write image files. There's a free one here called IMGBURN:
    http://filehippo.com/download_imgburn/

    Tip: If you intend to play the copied DVD on a standalone DVD player (as opposed to playing it on a PC) the most compatible type is usually DVD+R
     
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    Or simply copy and paste the files of the dvd to a folder on your pc
     
  5. pip22

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    Sure, that would work as long as there are no hidden files or boot code on it (so it would work for a DVD video).
    But for some types of disc, creating an image file first is the only surefire way of copying everything.

    Anyways, I think all the posts that followed mine may only have served to confuse the OP.
    There was nothing wrong with my suggestion.
     
  6. GreenInvestments

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    Thankyou all for you replies.

    Please allow that I am not used to doing anything more than basic computing so when I tried the ISO files it said things like create boot image or multiboot image etc which I have no clue what it means.

    The hippofile programme is more user friendly and appears to have taken the data from the original disc but then what? It is not clear how to put that "copied" data back onto a blank DVD. When I did do what seemed to be a copy, the computer and programme went through the motions, took fifteen or more minutes to do what it does, it came up with an operation successful message but when I go to My Computer and try to open the disk still in the D drive, it shows a message that the disk is not accessible, corrupted and unreadable.

    Is there an idiot proof copy DVD programme?
     
  7. Firebreather

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    You are welcome. :)

    Have a look here.
    http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-makeiso.htm
    http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-isomakerwin.htm
    http://www.magiciso.com/howto/howto.htm#Burn CD with CD image file

    I believe you are referring to ImgBurn here.
    Have a look here.
    http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?showtopic=6380
    Here's the ImgBurn Guide.
     
  8. Elvandil

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    Use this simple program to burn your iso files. It has only one function, so is easy to use.

    Standalone ISO Burner (Be sure to check the "Finalize" box.)

    (Copying just the files works perfectly well, too, but then you have to worry about what file system is used on th final DVD for it to be usable. In general, it is a better idea to get in the habit of making iso files whenever copying optical media since it always works and the details do not need to be known.)
     
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