I use my external Firewire drives to rip to, and they're getting filled up. I can delete the files and rerip later if I need to, but I was wondering, is there any reason I can't simply copy the VOBs, IFOs, BUPs, etc., that I got from a rip, to a DVD +RW? I.e. not a Shrink/CloneDVD/Recode-type burn, just a simple copy using Windows Explorer? I'm talking about rips from DVDs greater in size than 4.3 GB--i.e. dual layer originals.
Can I copy part of the files from one ripped disk to the first DVD +RW until I fill it, then the rest to a second DVD +RW? And later, if I need to restore them, just copy the files from both DVD +RWs back to a single directory on the hard drive, to reburn if necessary?
The reason I'm asking this question, whose answer is probably bleedingly obvious to you experienced folks, is that I was afraid moving the files and splitting them up would somehow mess up the original DVD file structure, which I know is very touchy.
I know this seems like extra work, as opposed to just reripping the original, but I'm paranoid about something happening to the original, so once they are ripped once, I like to put them someplace safe, and not touch them again unless absolutely necessary. That way, I can just work w/the ripped files on my hard disk--and hopefully, on the RWs.
I already tried zipping up the files, but interestingly, after IZArc (my zip program) worked diligently on 7 GB of video files, the resulting ZIP file was... 7 GB.