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Backup your DVDs on Linux

Filed under: General Linux — at 12:01 am on Wednesday, November 4, 2009

At an average of around $20 per DVD* most can’t afford to have any of their DVDs lost, stolen or broken. Backing them up is a touchy subject depending on who you talk to, but here is how to do it anyway.

Backing up a DVD on Linux used to be much harder than it is with K9Copy. No more flaky DVD Shrink crashes under wine. K9Copy takes the hassles out of creating backups of your DVDs under Linux. As the name implies it is KDE software but works well under gnome provided you have the needed libraries installed.

It has many options to backup and really is pretty comparable in functionality to the infamous DVD Shrink for Windows. Take a look at the screenshots and give it a try yourself:

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Comment by someone

November 4, 2009 @ 6:05 am

If the dvd is not too much encrypted:
dd conv=noerror if=/dev/sr0 of=xyz.img
then you can play the resulting file with vlc. It holds all the menus, languages, subtitles

or use vlc to backup your videos. The good thing is you can skip the first few seconds of a video, and this is where film companies put some nasty hardware errors …

Comment by

November 9, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

@SOMEONE will have to look into using VLC :)

Comment by Matt

March 29, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

I didn’t know about vlc for backing up DVDs…

I think I’ll give k9copy another try; last time I used it, it
didn’t manage to decrypt my StarTrek disc :(

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