I want to copy all of my purchased DVD to a large hard drive and be able to get the DVD functionality (read working menus). I built a Microsft Media Center 2005 PC and want to be able click on “My Videos” and see a list of all of my DVDs and be able to click on a picture of the DVD cover and have it launch the DVD’s menu and have it play the DVD from the hard drive.
I will figure out how to have the DVD covers in a menu but I need to be able to get the DVDs to the hard drive and be able to launch the DVD’s menu and have it function properly. This may be as easy as copying the DVD’s entire contents to the hard drive and double-clinking on the correct file but I am not sure. I understand this will consume tons of hard drive space, I will be purchasing a 400GB SATA drive to dedicate for this purpose.
Why do I want to do this? I do not want to have to get up to change the DVD to watch a different movie. Also I plan on buying a Media Center Extender and be able to watch the movie from my living room, computer room, or bedroom without having to carry the DVD to each of these rooms to watch the movie.
I have already converted my 700+ CD collection to MP3 and can listen to music from anywhere in my house and it is very nice. No more scratches on my CDs.
Thanks in advance for any help on this.