Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Streaming DVD Backups from External Networked HDDs to Windows Media Center 7 HTPC

I'm in the process of converting my DVD collection to .ISO files so that I can access them without having to actually load a DVD.  I have an array of external hard disks on my home network where the ISO's will sit, and then with MyMovies4 and Virtual CloneDrive I'm able to automatically link those ISO files directly into Windows Media Center 7 and watch any of them from the comfort of my living room HDTV that is connected to my PC.  We use this cheap remote, and love it.

Converting DVD to ISO

On Linux
Brasero DVD Burner worked for most DVD's, but when I got to the pesky Disney discs, I found the following instructions invaluable!
  1. ddrescue -n -b 2048 /dev/dvd outputFileName.iso
  2. dvdbackup -M -i outputFileName.iso -o dvd_structure
  3. mkisofs -dvd-video -o finalISOFile.iso dvd_structure
On Windows

  • DVD Shrink/Nero 7 - Rips and converts, Free, doesn't work with everything
  • DVDFab HD Decrypter - Rips and converts, Free, doesn't work with everything
If you have troubles with security on any of the above AnyDVD or DVD43 seem to be helpful, though AnyDVD is a bit pricey.

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