How To: Backup your DVD and Blu-Ray movies

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Even though media is becoming more and more digitalized, you might still have a huge collection of DVDs and Blu-ray movies that you want to keep. There are plenty of ways to go about this. You can simply transfer them to your computer and keep them there, store them in an external drive or in the cloud or even make backup disks for the special ones.

What you will need.

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To start with, you will need to think about what you want to do exactly. If you want to do all of the above, you will need quite a large variety of tools and utilities:

Make MKV
Handbrake
ImgBurn
DVD Flick
Extra storage (Physical or Cloud)

The tools used in this guide are completely free.

Removing the protection

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Most movies nowadays are protected with DRM. That means you are not able to simply remove the contents form the disk and add them to your computer. Before you proceed, check if the laws in your country allow you to break the protection for personal use.

Now you will have to download Make MKV. It will convert your files to MKV and automatically remove the protection for you. This little tool is brilliant in every way. It reserves all data from the original disks, preserves the quality and removes the protection all within a few clicks. Simply insert the disk to your computer, select it from the list and convert it. You can even choose the parts you want to keep and configure the conversion process. When you are done with that, you will have an MKV file that can be played with most multimedia players like VLC.

Converting the files

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If you do not want to keep your files in the MKV format, fret not. You can use Handbrake to convert the files to whatever format you want. This free program has a huge list of presets (like gaming consoles and tablets) and is extremely simple to use. Although it offers tons of options for the conversion, inexperienced users can simply choose a preset and leave everything else at default. This will also save you quite a lot of space as it can create compressed formats.

Alternate methods

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The above methods work great if you simply want to keep the files in your computer or if you already have a program that you can burn movies with regardless of what they are. However, you might want to simply remove the encryption from the disks and create duplicate disks. For this you will need DVD Flick and potentially ImgBurn. Simply download and install the two programs and they will give you a lot of options to burn the files or convert them to ISOs so that you can burn them to disks later. You can even use them in conjunction with Handbrake to quickly convert them into you desired format.