DVD Rip Challenge: 12 Popular Drives Put to the Test



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Optical drive seems like something of the past already, the only reason why we have them now is because we have data form that past that is yet to be migrated. In this age of large storage capacity and ever increasing bandwidth, it will only be a matter of time before all data is stored on the cloud, instantly accessible from anywhere rather than on fragile plastic disks that can get lost or scratched. True, capacity has been increasing and prices have been falling (prices for DVD & Blu-Ray drives in Canada), from floppies of 1.4MB, CD of 700MB, DVD at 4.6GB, to now Blu-ray around 30GB, but by the time a medium becomes read write capable and cheap enough for mass adoption, it is almost already too small to be relevant, especially when the faster speed of magnetic storage is considered (prices for external hard drives in Canada).

As michaelleung just commented "mysteriously ended up on BitTorrent"... BitTorrent, or any other mass accessible online info distribution system, is just an underground pirating movement, it has to be the way of the future.



I would be very curious to see how accurate the rips are compared to the original.



After reading this article I've been tempted to pick up that Samsung drive.  I'm currently using your guide on Handbrake to archive my DVD collection for streaming and would love to see rip speeds of around eight minutes.  Thanks for doing the research to find out about this third party hack.



And the movies mysteriously ended up on BitTorrent...

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