Thank you for your reply.
Your answers were what I was expecting, but I was hoping to hear otherwise (just so I could save some space on my hard drives). I have heard of DVD Shrink, but have never used it. Would it work alongside CloneDVD or as a separate component? Its limitation is it doesn't get around the protections, right?
As an additional question not completely related to the other issues, since I haven't tried it yet, how easy is it to burn the ripped files onto disks later on? Is it a hassle that I am later on going to feel I have wasted my time ripping all of my movies to my computer?
Again, thanks for your help. I'm kind of new to the whole DVD ripping/burning process and am trying to figure it all out.