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There is nothing worse than buying an expensive DVD or Blu-ray disc of your favourite movie or TV show, only to damage it down the line. And while Blu-rays are less susceptible to damage with age, DVDs will get scratched to a point where you simply can’t use them anymore. One of the best practices you can have is to create backups of physical disc that you own — and enjoy viewing the digital copies while keeping the originals safe.

DVDFab Copy Suite ($90 for a 1-year license) for Windows promises to make the whole process simpler. From the makers of DVDFab Media Player 2 (download our free guide on the app FREE EBOOK: Press Play, The DVDFab Media 2 Player Manual FREE EBOOK: Press Play, The DVDFab Media 2 Player Manual Our latest MakeUseOf manual, sponsored by DVDFab and written by MakeUseOf staff writer Christian Cawley, outlines how to use DVDFab Media Player 2. Read More ), the suite includes DVDFab’s DVD Copy and Blu-ray Copy software, which let you copy or clone DVD and Blu-ray to your hard drive as ISO files, movie folders, or burn them to blank DVD/Blu-ray discs.

We’re giving away ten 1-year licenses for DVDFab Copy Suite (valued at $900!). Continue reading to find out more about what this program can do, then join the competition to win a free copy!

Installation

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It’s pretty easy to set up the Copy Suite. You will be given a key, which you have to register at the Member Center on DVDFab’s website. You’ll only have to download one setup file for both DVD Copy and Blu-ray Copy. Run it and follow the on-screen instructions to install the program. When it prompts you for your registration ID, key in the details you got online and you’re good to go.

Choose Your Task

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The splash screen of Copy Suite offers four basic options: copy, rip, convert or create. This way, you can quickly select the task you want, but if you change your mind later, don’t worry—these are all available as tabs in the program’s main window.

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Copy

You can copy a disc to several output formats, whether it’s DVD-5, DVD-9. BD-5, BD-9, BD-25 or BD-50 — and you can save it as an ISO too. Of course, it’s best to do a 1:1 copy so that the picture quality stays optimal, but if you want a smaller-sized disc, DVDFab will compress the file according to your choices.

There are six sub-tasks in the Copy function:

Full Disc

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This is the quick and simple option. As the name suggests, this performs a full backup of your DVD or Blu-ray disc. You can choose the source (ISO or optical disc drive), rename the volume label, copy just the DVD video or include non-DVD files, select audio, remove menus and play the titles continuously, and remove “annoying PGCs (like FBI warnings)”.

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Main Movie

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Automatically skips trailers, interviews and other extras on the DVD to smartly pick up only the main film for you to copy.

Customize

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This is for advanced users who want to select exactly which aspects they want to copy. Divided by title, play time, chapter, audio and subtitle; you should have a pretty clear idea of which parts you want to copy and those that you want to skip. The Preview pane at the side will show you selections so you can be sure.

Split

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Want to copy a BD-25 on three BD-9 discs? The Split option shows you two columns for each disc’s chapters, and all you have to do is select the arrangement. Of course, DVDFab already does it by default, but this is just in case feel like customizing.

Merge

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If you have multiple sources and want to merge into one DVD, this is the easiest way to do it.

Clone/Burn

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Want to create an exact 1:1 replica of the original source? It doesn’t get simpler than this option.

Converter

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The Converter lets you convert files on your hard drive into different file formats. If your DVD or Blu-ray is encrypted — and chances are, it is — the converter won’t work. I tried DVDs from back in 2000 and even those have encryption, so you won’t have much luck there.

But for converting unencrypted files into different formats, the Converter is pretty nifty. The cool feature is that it offers to let you choose the device you want to convert it for, such as an iPhone or the Kindle Fire, saving you the trouble of choosing the right resolution or other settings. Just find your device and you’re done.

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Of course, if you want advanced options, you can get that too, including the video and audio codecs, frame rate, sample rate, resolution, bit rate, encoding method, video quality, volume, subtitles, and channels. Set it up the way you want and hit the button to start encoding. You can also resize or crop your videos to your liking.

Creator

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If you have a bunch of video files and want to make a DVD or Blu-ray, the Creator tab will let you do that. Just add your files (it supported every format I tried, from HD MKVs to tiny RMVBs) and choose the length of the disc — it’s set to DVD-5 by default.

There’s also a built-in menu creator with a few templates, and a simple drag-and-drop interface to get things done. I didn’t care much for the templates though, they look either gaudy or outdated.

Worth It?

At $90 for a 1-year license, it’s a tad expensive, but the number of options that DVDFab Copy Suite provides and smartly executes is something that I haven’t seen any of the freeware programs offer. So there’s no doubting the merit of paying for this software if you want a good disc copying solution.

How do I win a copy of DVDFab Copy Suite?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, November 29. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

The Winners

  • Randy Luczak
  • Spy Gupta
  • Aryan Gupta
  • Phil Beloma
  • Brain Law
  • Scott Hunt
  • Roberto Rother
  • William Brown
  • Eng Kwan Yeo
  • Wraye Leskiw

Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received your license via email from jackson@makeuseof.com. If you require any assistance, please get in touch with Jackson Chung before December 21. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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  1. Annamarie M
    November 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    External HD, Google Drive or Dropbox.

  2. Nicole A
    November 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I do have a portable drive but I have been thinking about using a cloud service..not sure yet

  3. James K
    November 24, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Copy to external HD

  4. Doris G
    November 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Dont have one :(

  5. JP
    November 23, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Another HD

  6. JW
    November 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    External HDD, Cloud Storage.

  7. Josh C
    November 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Additional hard copy & external hard drive.

  8. Shawn S
    November 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    none

  9. David H
    November 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    External hard drive

  10. Keith K
    November 22, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I bach up important media to an external HD and Dropbox.

  11. Krysia B
    November 21, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Archival dvd - plus some cloud storage

  12. Cheridene B
    November 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I don't have one

  13. Cris
    November 21, 2013 at 1:37 am

    External HD

  14. flambergian
    November 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    External HD.

  15. Mesut Yaver
    November 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I'm planning to use external hard drives.

  16. David V
    November 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    external hardrives

  17. David Heath
    November 20, 2013 at 12:47 am

    blogscope

  18. Pedro melendez
    November 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Archival cd/dvd.

  19. Jan
    November 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I like it to be able to copy Blue Ray and normal DVD's for personal use.
    I think it is so silly to own a DVD and when it gets scratched that you have to buy a new one

  20. Kristine
    November 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I don't have one

  21. German Lopez
    November 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I'm embarrassed to say I don't back up my stuff :(. Just pictures, but I haven't done that in a long time

  22. Dee Schwark
    November 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I use DVD's and zip drives

  23. Pat
    November 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Hard drive that I only attach to make a backup

  24. Nick Bogan
    November 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    MakeMKV for Blu-ray and Rip-It for dvd onto an external hard drive

  25. Anna G
    November 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I have an external drive for photos/docs, etc, but no way to protect DVD's

  26. Catherine M
    November 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    currently I just ignore the possibility of them becoming damaged . . . not smart
    hope I win this

  27. Maggie
    November 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    To store all our family DVDs in one central location. Don't have software for this, hoping to win!

  28. Paul B
    November 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Depends on the media. Videos and music are ripped to an external hard drive to be played via Plex. Other files are stored in the cloud.

  29. Carole Garcia
    November 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    External hard drive and many small USB drives.

  30. Marc Klazek
    November 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    google drive

  31. KD
    November 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I use an external hard drive for my storage and backup

  32. Prabhath K
    November 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I use Google Drive

  33. SK
    November 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I use Drop Box and Gmail Drive

  34. Sampath
    November 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    My Media Backup for various files is Skydive, Gmail and Dropbox

    But i dont have this type of software. Hope to win one

  35. Linda Kubala
    November 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I have a very old external hard drive at this time.

  36. Jeff Cook
    November 17, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I currently use DVDFab HD Decrypter and Handbrake to transcode to a hard drive.

  37. RC
    November 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    external hard drive

  38. vineed
    November 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Way too expensive :/

  39. carl smith
    November 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Carl Smith I keep my media backup off-site with a incremental backup weekly a full backup on a secured portable hard drive, and also a incremental copy kept in cloud storage. I have all tasks automated to run during overnight idle hours and once completed, I get a completion report sent to my email addy.

  40. Taj
    November 16, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I do not have one. Hoping to win the above.

  41. Mary VanTil
    November 16, 2013 at 5:04 am

    I have a external hard drive for my storage

  42. Glo O
    November 16, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Best DVD copy I have ever used....contact with DVD Fab as been top notch even when they really didn't have to help me with a past issue. I recommend DVDFab all the time.

  43. jeff
    November 16, 2013 at 12:30 am

    i currently don't back up media

  44. Masmart
    November 15, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Backup to ISO for original safety

  45. Suresh V
    November 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    None yet.

  46. JJ Quinlivan
    November 15, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Movies backed up on main server and external drive in closet

  47. Bob
    November 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I don’t currently have a media backup strategy.

  48. Marc Anthony Salvatini
    November 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I run two separate full back-up programs to external USB3-3TB HD's. One on a daily/incremental basis and both on a weekly full BU.

  49. Andrew
    November 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I don't currently have a media backup strategy.

  50. BrianP
    November 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    External hard drive.....

  51. Paulo Henrique Sangalli Fiel
    November 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I use Ashampoo Burning Studio, DVD Shrink, and the cloud

  52. barryzee
    November 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I currently copy to ISO

  53. Dany B
    November 15, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Backup to an external FreeNAS I have made with old parts and Big Hard drives once a month.

  54. Arnold Berger
    November 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I use CCC and the cloud

  55. Arnold Berger
    November 15, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I use Carbon Copy Cloner and the cloud

  56. Sam K
    November 15, 2013 at 6:55 am

    I backup my media on external drive as well as cloud.

  57. Jan Holtman
    November 15, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Usually try to copy the DVD with handbrake. DVD Fab is probably better

  58. Tim Bain
    November 15, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I have a NAS server with 4 large RAID drives, it can be streamed from there if requires.

  59. Roy Jebson
    November 15, 2013 at 6:13 am

    back up weekly to flash drive

  60. Ben Gillis
    November 15, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Presently none

  61. Paul
    November 15, 2013 at 5:54 am

    No backup strategy yet, but need one with the discs that children have destroyed...

  62. Vic L
    November 15, 2013 at 5:43 am

    When ever I get a physical optical disc. I always backup it to my external hard drive.

  63. Bang
    November 15, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Haven't had one!

  64. Bong
    November 15, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Backed up in harddrive

  65. Daniel M
    November 15, 2013 at 1:41 am

    don't have a backup strategy currently

  66. Chris
    November 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I run SyncBack Free every night at 3am. Have wake timers set to wake up my PC, have it run 10min after it is supposed to wake, and it backs up to an external drive. I actually store my media on 1 computer and back it up to another. Neither computer has write permissions to both the source and the backup due to new ransomeware that encrypts your entire drive and all mapped network drives/removable media and then holds the encryption key hostage for $300-$2000 (Kryptolocker). It has been making its rounds at my work.

  67. Jo-anne P
    November 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I back up once a week on an external

  68. Gord
    November 14, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I as of now I don't back up files.

  69. Matthew W
    November 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I don't have one.

  70. Roberto
    November 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    My media back up is, an external drive with plenty of capacity (3TB) for media files, and back-up DVDs for media programs.

  71. Tomasz
    November 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Burning DVDs :)

  72. Marco
    November 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    convert to MP4.

  73. Sam
    November 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Don't have one

  74. magoo
    November 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    "There is nothing worse" You say. I would consider a scratched Blueray disc a minor mishap...

  75. Barbara B
    November 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    external drive offsite

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