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  1. This may be a newbie question, but I thought I read somewhere that ripping DVD's hurts the DVD, and can possibly crack it. Is this true? I've ripped a few DVD's, and then watched the original DVD on a DVD player after ripping it, and I think with one DVD, the video skipped ahead a second. I'm not sure if that skip was there before the ripping or not. Also, I'm not sure if it was the DVD player, but I have watched many DVD's on the player without any issues.

    I have ripped many audio CD's without a problem, so I figured it's pretty much the same concept, but want to make sure.

    Can anyone confirm or deny this?
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  2. does watching/playing a DVD damage the disc? though ripping does have more strain its on the hardware reader side...so if u take good care of the reader ripping should, in most cases, be equivalent to playing/watching a DVD. if i am totally offbase feel free to correct.
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    It's light (a laser) shining on a disc. No it won't damage the disc. If someone tells you otherwise, then I have a solar-powered flashlight I'd like to sell them.

    And no it won't damage the drive either - your reading the data from the disc, thats what dvd-rom's are made for... to read dvd's and cd's. If it "does" damage the drive, you have a crappy drive
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  4. Kool. Thanx for the info.
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  5. ...but, on the other hand, ripping is kinda cracking. Watch out for
    cracks...
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  6. The only possible damage I could think of is to the drive itself, if it overheats. This shouldn't happen if you're just ripping the VOB files to your harddrive for later conversion. However, make sure you do this first, do NOT try to convert directly from the DVD. This would cause your DVD drive to spin for many hours, which may overheat it. I don't know what would happen to the disc that's in the drive if it overheats.
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  7. OK. Thanx. I use SmartRipper to rip the VOB files onto my hard drive anyway. Glad to know I am ripping using the safest method.
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  8. Originally Posted by DVantrease
    The only possible damage I could think of is to the drive itself, if it overheats. This shouldn't happen if you're just ripping the VOB files to your harddrive for later conversion. However, make sure you do this first, do NOT try to convert directly from the DVD. This would cause your DVD drive to spin for many hours, which may overheat it. I don't know what would happen to the disc that's in the drive if it overheats.
    Thats really what i was referring to. Doom9 (www.doom9.org) has stated explicitly that doing direct DVD encoding is likely to cause problems as were mentioned. they also talked about prolonged use for ripping (endless ripping usage basically) could cause problems. Now if u rip once in a while im sure your fine (like most of us are) its just common sense.
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  9. yeah, dont use those all in one rip software things... always rip the vobs first... i seen a post on here once before about someone thats dvd melted inside the drive ruining the drive and forcing him to pay for the rented dvd. of course this was after hours of ripping.
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    Originally Posted by DiViNeLeFT View Post
    yeah, dont use those all in one rip software things... always rip the vobs first... i seen a post on here once before about someone thats dvd melted inside the drive ruining the drive and forcing him to pay for the rented dvd. of course this was after hours of ripping.
    always rip the vobs first?? but how to rips the vobs??
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  12. Originally Posted by bachelor View Post
    OK. Thanx. I use SmartRipper to rip the VOB files onto my hard drive anyway. Glad to know I am ripping using the safest method.
    Look at your CD, DVD or BR as a mirror spinning and reflecting just light (via the laser player that read the data printed on the disc), that will not going to hurt the disc itself by playing/ripping it.

    On the another hand: Timing is important while ripping: (No to fast & no to slow).
    Rip to your HDD as 1:1 to avoid errors.
    Then you go from there to wherever you want to do with your "product".

    Ripping a CD should not take more that 10mins. (4-8mins.)
    Ripping a DVD or BR, should not take more that 1hr. (35-45mins.) now on days.

    If it take longer:
    It is something wrong with your machine or the ripper software, that can create other problems.
    Also ripping to many (One after another) can create other issues to your machine &/or drive.

    P.S.
    I had a drive in one laptop that rip/burn +5K DVD's in around 5 yrs. until it give up.
    Then I replace it with another $36 drive that last me less.
    But the XP machine keep going strong, not issues what so ever.
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    Originally Posted by DJ_ValBec View Post
    Originally Posted by bachelor View Post
    OK. Thanx. I use SmartRipper to rip the VOB files onto my hard drive anyway. Glad to know I am ripping using the safest method.
    Look at your CD, DVD or BR as a mirror spinning and reflecting just light (via the laser player that read the data printed on the disc), that will not going to hurt the disc itself.

    On the another hand: Timing is important while ripping: (No to fast & no to slow).
    Burn to your HDD as 1:1 to avoid errors.
    Then you go from there to wherever you want to do with your "product".

    Ripping a CD should not take more that 10mins. (4-8mins.)
    Ripping a DVD or BR, should not take more that 1hr. (35-45mins.) now on days.

    If it take longer:
    It is something wrong with your machine or the ripper software, that can create other problems.
    Also ripping to many (One after another) can create other issues to your machine &/or drive.
    The post that you are answering was made in 2002.
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  14. Oops, my bad.

    The threat resurrected from the grave

    ...but this will help others:
    Rip to your HDD as 1:1 to avoid errors.
    Last edited by DJ_ValBec; 26th Jan 2015 at 16:41.
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