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    Feb 2003

    DVD backup help

    I wonder if anyone can please help me.I brought the Archos Dex DVD-RW External DVD-RW Retail Kit with USB2.0 Cable from amazon you can find the link to it here .I just brought this device and i am wanting to use it to backup my dvds for use with an ordinary dvd player but i am not sure what dvd media to use as there are so many.I have done a search on this topic using google but it throws up forums with people who have mixed ideas can anyone advise me as to which type of media to use to backup my dvds.

    P.S My DVD-RW can backup dvds and use any of the dvd types cant it?.


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    Senior Member Spyrus's Avatar
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    Oct 2002
    Well since you have a DVD-R you will want to purchase -R disks. Any brand will do, I have had good luck with memorex, usually good quality and not too expensive.

    DVD Shrink is a good program to rip your dvds with and is actually a free program. Allows full features and will let you choose what you want to copy and not copy. As far as a good reference for how to and everything check out www.dvdrhelp.com

    good luck
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    Spyrus is right you can use any media.I have been using memorex for some time and had no probs with quality.I bought my pack on ebay.Best to shop around for the best price.


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    Right turn Clyde Nokia's Avatar
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    Aug 2003
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    I see your in the UK.

    PC World have an offer at the moment where you can get 10 ,Packard Bell, DVD +R and +RW or -R and -RW for 20 ish, you would normaly pay close to this for 5 I dont think they will have it on much longer though so I would get as many as you can afford.

    As to which type of media you can use it will say on you box that the DVD writter came in what it can play it will either be +R or -R if it says it can only use the + ones that is all you can use, likewise if it says it uses the -R then that it all it can use. You might get lucky and it will be able to use both.

    Although the -R DVD's are marginally cheaper at the moment the +R will play on almost anything PS2, X-Box most home DVD players.

    However the main factor in getting them to play on a home DVD player is the software you use.

    I use DVD Decrypter to Read the original DVD,
    Then use DVD2ONE to strip the files and compress them so it will fit onto one blank DVD
    Then use Copy to DVD to burn them. Copy to DVD works hand in hand with DVD2ONE so you will get better results if you use both of them.

    It will take about 20-30 mins depending on you computer to copy a DVD.

    You can google all of the mentioned software and download it for free. I think you need to register DVD2ONE to get the full functionality, but its not hard to find a serial number is it? ;-)
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