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Maryv

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Hi,
I have a Pentium 111 500processor. Do I need a higher computer to install a DVD recorder? I have 256 memory installed. My drive is 20gb. Should I install a larger hard drive? Any suggestions I appreciate.

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I think you can do it disc to disc if you have the drives on seperate IDE cables. If not you probably need room on your hardrive for the contents of the DVD which will be in the Gigabytes in size.
 
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If you have 6-7 gigs free, you should be fine. All depends on what you intend to do with it really. I know on my p3 1ghz machine, it takes a good long time to re-encode video. My thoughts are if you need to burn cd's, or backup data, your fine. When you start editing video..(which doesn't pertain to the drive, really, but owning a drive may lead that way) Bring a pillow and lunch. Helps to defrag also believe it or not..
 

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Thanks,
I plan to back-up movies as well as watch movies and also to do some video editing. What would the recommendations be for this based on my current computer situation?
 
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unfortunate though it may be your present system is going to struggle if you wish to edit video as this is a process and memory intensive project which requires a much higher specification machine to get the job done in a reasonable time slot.
 

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But I will be okay for watching movies and backing up movies, music etc.?
 
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Maryv said:
But I will be okay for watching movies and backing up movies, music etc.?
Let's compare my system to yours.
My system:
Athlon XP 2500
4x DVD Writer
512mb RAM

In "AMD terms" my CPU is 5 x faster than yours, and I have twice as much
RAM that runs probably around 3 x faster then what you have.
It takes my system about an hour and a half to get a working DVD backup.
That includes ripping, encoding and writing.

Based on that you should be able to back-up a DVD in about 8-10 hours. :eek:
 

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That would be no. I guess I need to get a much, much more powerful system to do what I want to do. Thank You!
 
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If you will be doing personal backups of movies you own, then i would suggest dvd xcopy. It still has to rip the movie, but does it mostly in the hardware. Recording is likewise.. Probably an hour hour 1/2 total time with xcopy. If you need to re-encode things, i would not reccomend this system.
 
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