How to create a backup copy of a protected disc (dvd or blu-ray)

We all buy DVDs and Blu-Rays with all kinds of media content: Movies, games, music, software, etc. However, as these discs are used, their quality decreases over time and after a few years they become unusable. Your only solution is to buy it again, but that costs money again and it’s just not fair. You have already paid for this product. Is there no possibility to create a backup copy? Unfortunately not by means of standard burning software. In this tutorial I will cover what I think is the best alternative for creating a backup.

Trying to make a copy with the usual burning programs does not work

I have a DVD of one of my favorite movies: The Shawshank Redemption . The disc is quite old – I must have had it for 6 years or more, and now . I’d like to make a backup of this in case the disc gets way too old and unusable.

How to create a backup copy of a protected disc (dvd or blu-ray)

I have Nero StartSmart Essentials started and tried to copy the CD and it said "Copy error!" .

How to create a backup copy of a protected disc (dvd or blu-ray)

Then ImgBurn fired up and tried to create an image file from the disc so I can burn it to another DVD later. Immediately gave ImgBurn Return an error stating that the CD is copy-protected and that CSS / CPPM protection is used by this CD.

How to create a backup copy of a protected disc (dvd or blu-ray)

How do I get?

Use and use AnyDVD HD to remove the copy protection

I decided to download and install the 21-day trial version of AnyDVD HD to see how it would work. During the trial version you will get a prompt every time you start the application. A small annoyance, nothing else. Once you click Continue click, you can use the application.

How to create a backup copy of a protected disc (dvd or blu-ray)

AnyDVD HD automatically scans the media you insert into your DVD or Blu-Ray drive so that it recognizes its properties and the type of copy protection used.

How to create a backup copy of a protected disc (dvd or blu-ray)

As me AnyDVD HD When I opened the "Video" section, I saw a cool Status" noticed that my DVD and the type of copy protection used were correctly detected. Obviously it was removed automatically.

How to create a backup copy of a protected disc (dvd or blu-ray)

One nice thing is that if you browse through the settings of the program, you will find options to remove annoying clips with advertisements. Do not hesitate to use Video DVD, Video HD DVD And Video Blu-ray check, depending on what kind of disc you want to backup.

How to create a backup copy of a protected disc (dvd or blu-ray)

Once you OK press, the settings will be applied. If you use the trial version, keep in mind that it is limited to the settings you make for one application run only. If you Quit AnyDVD HD, will be at the next Launch used the default settings.

How to create a backup copy of a protected disc (dvd or blu-ray)

Therefore, you need to go through the customization process again. So if you need to create more than one or two backups, it is recommended to buy the application without waiting for the trial version to expire. You also pay for the good work of the developers of AnyDVD HD .

How to create a backup copy of the DVD

Now it’s time to try copying the protected CD again, while AnyDVD HD is active in the background to remove the copy protection. You can use any application for burning CDs. If you need some good suggestions, read this article: How to copy a CD (disc, DVD or Blu-Ray) in Windows.

To explain how the process works, we have chosen, ImgBurn again. It’s a great free program that you can download here. Download and install ImgBurn and then open this program.

While the copy-protected DVD / Blu-Ray disc is still in the drive, and AnyDVD HD is active in the background, click You at ImgBurn Main program window on "Create image file from disc .

How to create a backup copy of a protected disc (dvd or blu-ray)

Select the source drive, the destination where you want to save the disc image (it will be saved as".iso" -file saved), and click on the button marked below Click to copy .

How to create a backup copy of a protected disc (dvd or blu-ray)

The copying process starts immediately and it takes some time. It took me about 28 minutes to make a backup copy of my DVD. If you’re backing up a Blu-Ray disc, expect it to take longer to complete.

How to create a backup copy of a protected disc (dvd or blu-ray)

Once the process was complete, I clicked on OK and my copy of the protected CD was on my computer as". ISO" -file in the folder I specified.

Now I could burn it or mount it with a disk emulator like Virtual Clone Drive. If you need help mounting or burning disc images in Windows, check out these guides:

  • How to mount or unmount ISO images in File Explorer
  • To burn disc images (ISO& IMG) in Windows

The best thing about my copy was that it had no more annoying commercials and unnecessary clips. The DVD opened the DVD configuration menus directly and the movie started as soon as I pressed the Playback- button pressed.

Was I a pirate?

The short answer is no. The copy I made is meant as a personal backup to use once my old CD doesn’t work well anymore. I don’t plan to sell it, give it to other people or share it online.

Depending on the country you operate in, there are many controversies on this topic. However, if you do a little reading, you’ll find that individual backup copies are legal even in the U.S. Here’s what you’ll learn if you read this Wikipedia entry on how to bypass DVD copy protection: "While it may be perfectly fair for an individual consumer to store a backup copy of a personally owned DVD on that person’s computer, there is nevertheless a federal law making it illegal to manufacture or distribute a device or tool that allows a consumer to make such copies. "

So . the pirates are not people who make a personal backup copy of a copy-protected DVD they own, but the companies that offer software to circumvent copy protection mechanisms. Fortunately, such companies, including the one that develops AnyDVD HD, are not based in the U.S.

But beware, there are countries (like the UK) where even personal backups are considered illegal. To learn more about the subject, read the entire Wikipedia entry recommended above.

Conclusion

I hope you found this guide helpful. But before you go, tell us: what do you think about the issue of copy protection? What is the legislation in your country: As a pirate, are you responsible for creating a backup copy of a protected CD that you own?

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