Hi guys Im new to this so any help will be much appreciated.
I have over 400 dvd's but they take up a lot of room. I want to rip all of them on to a 5tb seagate expansion hdd I have just purchased. Which is the best software to use? Also when I rip the dvd on to the hdd will it be the way the dvd itself is? By this I mean will it have all the subtitle, language, extra features and menu options the original dvd has? Bare in mind the dvds are copyright protected.
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Hech54 thank you for replying so quick. Will the software you named rip the entire dvd including subtitles and the like? And is it free or do I need to purchase it?
MakeMKV is free while in beta, all you have to do is put in a new beta key each month or so, or install the latest versions as they are released. MakeMKV only gives you the main movie (with subtitles if you want them) and will output from DVD's to MKV format. You'll lose extras and menus.
DVDFab HD Decrypter is free. So is TDMore Free DVD Copy. They won't always work on the newest releases. These will rip in DVD-video format, so you can get the entire disc onto the hard drive with them.
You would have to pay for AnyDVD. It too will rip the entire disc.
Thanks for all your help
Ripping the "Movie-Only" is what most people do, when we save them on external HDD: to save even more space.
You could rip them to an ISO format and you would have an exact copy of the DVD. I use AnyDVD, but it's not freeware. Figure an average size of 7GB X 400 DVDs = ~2.8TB
If you were to use hard drive to store all the DVD files on, you should have a second HDD for backup in case the first one dies. Otherwise you've wasted a lot of conversion time.
In the future, you could always take that ISO file and process it to a MKV. I use VidCoder for that and convert the movie only to a H.264/AC3 file of about 2 GB with good quality.
You didn't mention what you wanted to play back the converted DVDs on. If it's a PC, then you have more options for playback. VLC works well.