I am new to this whole DVD backup/copy thing.
My experience used to be reviewing software over at INMATRIX...but I had to leave and then I sorta got away from DVD stuff for a couple of years.
I now have a toddler...which means DVDs must be backed up OR ELSE! Back in the day, I never even invested in a burner (They cost a fortune back then) much less considered backing up DVDs. Now I have a sony DVD drive, and a Toshiba 5272 burner, system is p4 2.8 running XP pro.
Heres what Ive noticed...
XCopy Plat never complains. It occaisionally locks up or flakes out...and its interface is really crude and it isnt real flexible...the previewer downright SUCKS...but even now, a year out of update...it still seems to back up MOST titles perfectly...albeit it tends to leave a few unexplainable jitters on many titles...but most people barely notice em. Main thing is it usually FINISHES. It doesnt give up or end with unusual explained errors when I use it?
CloneDVD is what Xcopy should have been as far as interface. You can select and edit the titles easier, the preview/review is NIGHT AND DAY better...all around I like CloneDVD way way better...
Except when copying SCRATCHED TITLES. I have tried backing up ALLADIN SPECIAL EDITION, DUMBO, and SHREK with CloneDVD. Now understand, I have an older child who managed to do some damage in the past! All of those 3 discs aborted at some repeatable spot (I remember alladin was ALWAYS at 34 or 35%, title 6-which is the main movie?) and gave an error message saying something to the effect of, EITHER a previous copy attempt had modified/damaged the source, OR there is damage on the disc/data is damaged and not reading correctly, Please try copying the data to the HARD DRIVE again(Even if I was trying to copy to DISC the 1st attempt).
OK, I know the discs arent new (Well, actually alladin WAS) so I expect some problems with scratches or what have. HOWEVER, what I wanna know...since this was on 3 titles in a week...is why will XCOPY just ignore the scratches and copy the bad data best it can and achieve at least a watchable result,(Though with some jitters usually?) and CloneDVD stops even READING the original disc if it sees a scratche of ANY kind (And none of my 3 visually look THAT bad...)? That seems kinda half-hearted?
The net result was, in order to copy the possibly damaged discs/movies, I switched CloneDVD to COPY TO ISO/UDF mode, and it was able to FINALLY (4th or 5th try) make a copy of ALLADIN SE to an ISO FILE, and then burn that ISO file to a DVD using NERO 6. This fix however didnt help SHREK or DUMBO (Both older discs scratched by 1st son and nephew in the past). Both those continued to error at the same points even when I deselected the burn option and told it to make a file instead.
The final solution for both of those was switching to Xcopy. (Express or Plat...both produced useable results always). Im not a huge fan of Xcopy...but so far, it does seem FAR FAR more forgiving of damaged discs than CloneDVD, and frankly...at 20-45 minutes an attempt, its hard to wanna trust CloneDVD if I know its gonna abort the read on nearly 1/2 my older titles...and then I have to start over with XCopy.
Am I doing something wrong? overlooking something? any comments appreciated. I forgot more than Ill ever know again about DVD and softwares...but Im trying to catch back up.
Kelly - formerly aka Kelly Garvey, DVD software reviewer, WWW.INMATRIX.COM