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Old 02-13-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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I have one more quick question to ask...How do I make backup DVDs? I have been converting VHS tapes to DVDs, however, I can not seem to copy them from one drive to another. I want to make second copies of the DVDs without playing back the entire VHS tapes. I have one DVD drive that just reads DVDs, but another one that plays and writes to DVDs. Note: it is a + drive. Anyway, the computer is not simply letting me burn videos from one DVD drive to the other. It does not want to copy it. First of all, does it matter whether or not the DVD is R or RW? How do I make sure the files are not read-only? I am merely trying to make a copy of one video onto a blank DVD. Secondly, do I need special software to do this? I see that there is a lot of free DVD burning software on the internet that I can download for free. Which is the best? Thanks for your recommendations that you may have.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:33 PM
 
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Unless I'm mistaken what you're is asking it how to pirate copy DVD's.

I want no part of that and I doubt many here do............
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Don't try to copy directly from one to the other. Rip the disc to an ISO image on your hard drive first, then burn the ISO to a blank.

And don't pirate stuff. It's bad. I'm assuming that you have home movies on VHS, and that's what you're trying to convert.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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I am trying to convert HOME VIDEOS!!! This is stuff from a Video Camera from as far back as the 80's when I was little. I am not pirating anything.

Last edited by lentzr; 02-14-2012 at 10:00 AM.. Reason: Forgot to add
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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  • Crete a folder on your desktop called TEMP
  • Copy the entire content of the DVD to this folder
  • Put in a blank and copy that folder to the new disk
  • Delete files from TEMP and do next DVD

*NOTE: do not copy the TEMP folder, just the files inside it.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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I can get the files to a TEMP folder, but when I try to copy those files to the new disk it says, "Windows has encountered a problem when trying to copy these files." No matter what I do, it does not want to copy the files to a blank disk in the DVD drive.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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Another thing...Whenever I try to turn off the "read-only" option and hit OK, it appears that I turned it off. However, when I re-open the folder, the "read-only" option is back on again. Is there some way I can turn off the "read-only" option for these files?
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:17 PM
 
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If you're still in the process of transferring these DVD's there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to make multiple copies to begin with. I'm quite familiar with the process of transferring home videos and if you're just starting this project I can offer some tips and advice if let me know what device you are using and software.


As far as copying the discs you have assuming this an authored DVD you can't just copy the files like you can with data disc. You need to either directly copy the disc or as suggested use a disc image.

Try imgburn, use the wizard to create an ISO file.

Then use the wizard to burn the iso file to a new disc.

The Official ImgBurn Website


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First of all, does it matter whether or not the DVD is R or RW?
RW shouldn't be used for anything except for temporary storage where it's not that important if you have other copies. The Only thing I ever used them for was testing purposes for authored DVD's instead of wasting discs that could only be written too once, they are unreliable. Truthfully any burned media should not be trusted. You might have 10,000 instances where it's not an issue, don't be that one person with a failed disc 5 or 10 years from now.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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OK> I got imgburn...However, the first time I copied all four videos, it all came out to files that must be so convoluted I can not play them off my computer or DVD player. Next attempt, involved the computer copying only one file and if I try to copy a second file, it writes OVER the first video. Why is it doing that? I have four videos that I want on one disc...is there anything more user-friendly than imgburn? Or am I doing something that is wrong? Please help me out because I am getting really frustrated right now.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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I also says that I do not need to put the images on a double-layered disc. What does that mean? It is a regular DVD+R! Anyway, here goes a third shot!

Before I forget. I copied 4 videos and now have eight files...Which of these files are the videos and the ones I need to copy. I am now trying to copy all eight, but is this necessary?
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