3
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2answers
142 views

What is the most secure, efficient and cheap way to backup files? [closed]

I 've been using computers for 20 years and I have gone through several styles of backing up my files. In the past I used to burn files on CDs and DVDs, which soon turned into a huge mass. I couldn't ...
0
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1answer
140 views

Will ImgBurn -> ISO -> new DVD make an identical copy of a Windows 7 install DVD? [duplicate]

I'm wanting to buy Windows 7 Ultimate but in case the DVD gets scratched I want to immediately make a backup. What I want to be sure of is that I don't lose anything in the backup. If, when I get ...
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2answers
53 views

Will backing up a game CD/DVD work like this?

I recently heard that CDs and DVDs "go bad" after extended periods of time. Initially this was a problem for me because I couldn't write boot disks for new Linux distributions (at least until I get ...
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0answers
50 views

How to make a Bootable CD from a HDD image

The title says the idea, i need to make my ubuntu server and all the modifications & instalations i do on it be imaged into a CD, with the idea, of course of use this CD to install the clone in ...
1
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1answer
89 views

Burning DVD+R DL backup on OS X 10.8 via Disk Utility, .ISO too large?

I have a DVD dual layer backup ISO file that, when uncompressing turned out to be 8.74 GB and has an associated .dvd file. I am a bit confused as as the DVD+R DL files I have only have a capacity of ...
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2answers
293 views

How to backup a game DVD on hard disk in ISO format?

I need to make a backup for a game that I own on DVD (Imperivm 3), making an ISO from it on my hard disk. I already made a backup of another game using CDBurnerXP and it worked fine. However, when I ...
0
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1answer
141 views

Adding parity to backup dvds

I am backing up about 1.8GB of pictures to a dvd, but because over half the disk is free, I would like to add parity of the free space so that data can be read even after some data corruption has ...
0
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0answers
116 views

is there a program that can backup DVDs to ISO without needing to change the DVD Region of the OS

i was backing up up my Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion DVDs to ISO using DVD Shrink however i brought the Limited Editions from the US (it came with the Manga), in the past i've normally backup ...
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3answers
5k views

Best media for long-term backup without access : USB key vs DVD vs SD card vs HDD vs SSD vs …?

Consider that one want to keep a backup of some data by placing a media in a secret place (under earth, in a rock, in a wall...). What would be the best media with the best long term data stability ...
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2answers
191 views

what to choose for backup: HDD or DVD [closed]

I want to backup my photos and I would like to know which is the better media to store them. I would prefer to store them on an HDD because of the space, but I don't know who has a better lifetime.
4
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1answer
127 views

reorder sectors on a block device?

I'm considering backing up some data to DVDs/BDs. (I know about DVDisaster.) I've read somewhere that the outer sectors on a DVD are more likely to wear down than the inner ones. This suggests that ...
6
votes
2answers
592 views

Is it normal for CDs/DVDs to decay over time, and what can we do about it?

Over the years, I've occasionally had to retrieve data from backups I've made to CD or DVD. All these backup media were burned with extra care (at low speeds, not always with high-end media but never ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

What is the preferrable way to archive a private DVD collection?

The problem: a big collection (about 100 DVDs) of old home videos which have been burned to DVDs. Some of them are already damaged and are barely playable (often depending on the used DVD player). ...
6
votes
2answers
5k views

How to copy a DVD with a patched UDF filesystem / bad sectors?

I tried dd, dd_rescue and ddrescue, all failed. Since AnyDVD makes the disc copyable in a second on a Win7 host, it should not be too difficult. It says that the UDF filesystem is patched, curiously, ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

Backing up DVDs on Linux

I'm trying to backup my DVD collection onto my Linux box. Usually dvdbackup or ddrescue work just fine. With some DVDs, however, dvdbackup and ddrescue fail, likely due to copy protections. I tried ...
2
votes
1answer
321 views

Does software (similar to DVDisaster) exist which can create images and parity at the same time?

DVDisaster is an awesome tool for archiving things reliably, as it creates ECC in case of physical damage to the media. However, when using it for backup purposes it can be a bit awkward -- one must ...
2
votes
3answers
871 views

How does one split a set of files across a set of DVDs?

I have a set of files which total about 12 GB, which I would like to burn to a few DVDs. I could manually try to "bucket" things, but it would be nice if there was a piece of software which could put ...
2
votes
3answers
403 views

How can I dump hard disk with selected partition in DVD and restore it when needed?

I want to dump hard disk with installed Operating System and all other Software with their configuration into DVDs. Definitely requires more DVDs. Is there any free tool which can manage to dump in ...
3
votes
3answers
890 views

“Empty” DVD, but supposedly contains a backup, how to diagnose?

A colleague brought over a DVD which a friend of his created as a backup from his computer, due to malware or whatever on his computer. This is basically the ultimate fuzzy question, but here's what ...
2
votes
1answer
281 views

How do I backup DVDs and Blu-rays to my Mac?

I have begun to backup my DVDs and Blu-rays to my Mac using a combination of MakeMKV and Handbrake. I've noticed that this doesn't actually make a backup of the discs, but just creates an mkv file for ...
2
votes
5answers
1k views

When using `dvdbackup`, is it true that 64GB DVDs exist?

I rip the DVDs that I own to my hard disk using a straight-up 1:1 copy, ie to an ISO image. This works great usually, but for this specific DVD that I'm presently trying to rip, I'm being told that ...
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2answers
117 views

HTPC and backing up DVDs, where to start?

So this is pretty much two different questions, I just didnt want to make too many threads. 1) I decided I want to start backing up my DVD(and even Bluray). Does anyone know of any great tools that ...
3
votes
2answers
870 views

How to backup MiniDV tapes?

I would like to backup my MiniDV tapes using the FireWire port in a raw format (byte for byte) to avoid any degradation in quality. What (preferably open source) software would you recommend for ...
0
votes
1answer
106 views

Looking for freeware that will backup lots of media (video/pictures) over multiple DVDs

Conceptually I'm looking for something like dar, but I don't want it to make a special archive format, I'm just looking for a program that given a huge list of files in a directory tree will break ...
2
votes
3answers
178 views

What options are there for ripping and storing DVD movies in a playable format?

What options do I have for ripping and storing DVD movies in a playable format? I have several hundred DVDs and would like to back them up, but I also would like to be able to watch them. I have ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Write a DVD from the Windows Command Line

Does anyone know an easy way to write files to a DVD from the command line. I've found a program that does it for CDs, and another that writes .ISO images to DVD. I want to use it to write files to a ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

Better approach to archiving large amounts of original video footage using optical media (DVD/Blu-ray)?

This question is to share my experience as well as ask for suggestions for better methods. Along with 2 friends, I completed the making of a short documentary film in 2006. Clip is at: ...
3
votes
4answers
2k views

How can I back up my iPhoto library to DVDs?

I'm using iPhoto '09 and have an 80GB library. I want to back everything up to DVDs, because I figure that's the cheapest / most reliable solution. (I plan to have a couple of copies and keep them in ...
5
votes
4answers
637 views

Looking for fault-tolerant, multi-CD/DVD burning software

A few years back, I saw an open-source application that created fault-tolerant, multi-CD backup sets. The thought was that if a few sectors went bad on one CD, the data could be reconstructed from ...
0
votes
1answer
86 views

Backup software (that runs on Windows) to burn files and folders to DVD every week?

Has anyone successfully burned a selection of folders (I'm sure you must have!) to disk every certain amount of time (scheduled)? I'm looking for a solution where I could leave a blank disk in one of ...
7
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2answers
619 views

Backup Linux to DVD

I'm currently using Cedar Backup to backup my home directories, system config, etc to DVD+RW. It does, however, have limitations; backups can't exceed a single disk, restores are totally manual, etc. ...