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kbyrne5

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Hello. I have home video dvds I'd like to make copies of to give to family members. Can you recommend what software to purchase or download please? Also, I have an XP version 2002 with 2 drives. How can I be sure I'm able to make copies of the DVDs before I purchase the software? Thank you.:eek:
 

Byteman

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Hi, How were the DVDs made? Recorded from VHS camcorder or....?
What two drives do you mean---are either a DVD/RW burner?
If the discs you have were recorded on a standalone DVD recorder/player you should be able to recopy them using software, but you need a DVD burner attached to or installed in the computer.
Right click My Computer> select Properties>Hardware>Device Manager

What does it say under CDROM drives....

To play the recorded DVDs, others would need a way to view them, not all DVD players will play all discs...standalone or otherwise. A lot depends on what blank discs you use, for one...

This thread here might help you: http://forums.techguy.org/multimedia/236165-mulders-guide-burning-vcds-dvds-home-movies.html I am sure if you ask him for some help he can get you going
 

kbyrne5

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Hello again and thank you.
I right clicked on my computer and found that I have a CD/DVD drive
Hitachi DVD-romGD 7500
Plexor CD-R
I bought maxel dvd-rw to make copies of the dvds. The dvds are copies made from VHS and given to me. I want to make additional copies to hand out. So, I guess I need to buy an additional DVD burner, correct? Any suggestions as to what kind and where>? I will also check your other threads to find out about burning and software. Thanks again.
 

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No you would not need to buy an additional drive. You already have a Maxel burner. Just stick the disk into it to make copies of it. It just caches everything on the hard drive first. Once that is done it will ask you to stick in a blank disk to make the copy. Or you can stick the disk you want to copy in the Hitachi dvd-rom and burn it to the maxel. Makes no difference.
 

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Squashman said:
No you would not need to buy an additional drive. You already have a Maxel burner. Just stick the disk into it to make copies of it. It just caches everything on the hard drive first. Once that is done it will ask you to stick in a blank disk to make the copy. Or you can stick the disk you want to copy in the Hitachi dvd-rom and burn it to the maxel. Makes no difference.
No I don't think so. Sounds like he bought some blank Maxell discs not a DVD burner.

Some good info on burners here. Most burners come with software that will do what you ask.

http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/search/B/
 

kbyrne5

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Thanks for the web info and all your help. The burner info is really what I needed. Happy New Year!
 
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