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Sep 23, 2011

Back Up Your DVD

DVDs can be expensive and are frequently removed from circulation, meaning it is tricky to replace them in the event of loss or damage. Fortunately, it is a relatively simple task to backup your favourite discs - as long as you are in possession of the right tools for the job.
The imaginatively named RatDVD is an impressive application that is capable of compressing an entire DVD (including extras, trailers, languages, subtitles etc) into a single file. This file can then be played using a media application in Windows (such as Windows Media Player), or converted and burned back onto an ordinary DVD.

To learn more about this leading DVD backup solution, check out our simple guide below. 


Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Access the Related Download link for this article and download the installer for RatDVD. Once the executable file ratDVDSetup-0.78.1444_en.exe has finished transferring to your computer, run it to commence the installation process and follow the on-screen prompts.
  • Insert the DVD you wish to backup into the DVD drive connected to your computer.
  • Launch RatDVD by double-clicking the desktop shortcut, or selecting the entry within the Windows Start menu list of programs.
  • Click Open on the RatDVD toolbar and locate the VIDEO_TS.IFO file on the disc in your drive. Select it and click Open to proceed.
  • Select the elements of the disc you wish to retain using the Menus, Main Movie and Extras checkboxes in the left hand panel. If you wish to backup everything, ensure all of the boxes are checked. Each folder can be expanded to view individual chapters (or Titles) associated with that category.
  • Specify the quality of the backup using the slider control on the right. Reducing the quality by moving the slider to the left will lower the filesize. To retain the quality of the original, ensure the slider is at the far right position.
  • Specify the language tracks to keep using the radio buttons. The more languages retained, the greater the filesize of the backup, so you may wish to consider only backing up the languages you understand. Choosing the Convert option will convert 5.1 tracks into 2.0, which also saves on disk space.
  • Click the DVD > RatDVD button and specify a filename and location on your hard drive, then click OK and OK again to start the conversion.
  • The conversion process begins, which will take some time. Fortunately, a progress bar and preview is displayed which keeps you informed of the current status of the backup. Once completed, the RatDVD file will be available in the location you specified. 


    Tips & Advice:

  • To reverse the process, simply load the RatDVD file into RatDVD, specify the same options as detailed in the main guide, insert a blank disc into your DVD drive and click RatDVD > DVD.
  • RatDVD will not bypass copy protection if the disc you are attempting to backup is commercial. It will be able to complete the backup if you are running AnyDVD at the same time, however.
  • Never use RatDVD to copy commercial discs that you have not purchased, or for distributing copyrighted material to others. This is illegal in most countries.

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