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How to Rip Your DVD Collection

Like most everyone else, we’ve accumulated a ridiculous number of DVD’s through the years.  As we transition our home media streaming, it’s just plain weird to have DVD’s laying around.  The thought of inserting hundreds of DVD’s into my laptop or desktop, then waiting for Handbrake, or whatever software to rip our dvd collection, the content started to add up in my head.  Months of work?  Forget it.

A week ago, I was searching for a hardware solution to the problem.  Can I do it fast with an Elgato Turbo H.264 HD USB dongle, maybe, but then I ran across a Sony Vaio product from a couple years ago that sounded interesting.  The Sony Vaio VGP-XL1B2 Media Changer is a 200 disk DVD/CD changer and recorder.  It connects to your Windows Media Center PC via Firewire, and allows you to access your DVD/CD collection from the changer via Windows Media Center.  The best part, it comes with a hard drive, and a few great people put a nice program together to set up auto ripping of the 200 disks, so you hit a button and walk away.

So here is what you probably need to get it done:

  • A PC with Windows Media Center, Vista, or Windows 7
  • Lots of hard drive space.  I’ve got (2) 2 GB hard drives in my box
  • The VGP-XL1B2 (Sony stopped making them, so check eBay or Craigslist)
  • Some patience to load and unload all of your ripped dvds

If anyone has any other suggestions feel free to leave a comment, and best of luck ripping your home dvd collection

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