Hello - my kids are somewhat rough on our DVD's and I am tired of monkeying around to get the DVD's to play on our laptop computer (they get scratched or have peanut butter smudges on them, etc). I want to just load them on my hard drive or an external hard drive and be able to play them from there. Any suggestions on how to best do this?
I've used DVD Decrypter in the past to make back-up copies of DVDs, but couldn't figure out a way to view the ISO files directly from my hard drive (I still have those ISO files on my hard drive if someone can tell me how to view them).
As a father of two boys, I know what your going through....
First, to clean up the DVDs, they have tools/spinners that do that at walmart, kmart, etc. Put scratched disk in, turn the crank a bunch of times, and it comes out good. Not good for long term use however.
PowerISO is another program that you can use to get inside the ISO file. You can also use Nero to just burn the iso, creating another copy of the disk.
You can also use another program to transcode it to divx, so that it takes up only ~700MB. This way you can archive more of them on DVD, or put them on cheaper CDs.
Heres what I do. I use DVD shrink to get them down to 4.7GBs. I make a copy which I let the kids tortur... I mean use. The original go in my room. When disk breaks, I take unused original out, copy, and repeat. This way I only buy the movie once, and I don't have to worry about what happens to the disk.
something smells fishey here. the default setup for dvd decryter is - by files -. how did you manage to change the setting? it just seems if your were able to successfully change the setting you would be able to know how to play an .iso image.
i'm going to pass on how to tell you to play an .iso image. sorry pal.