As a new technology, Blue ray discs are more expensive than DVD's, and although they will continue to fall in price over the next few years, you can take steps to ensure that any accidents will not deprive you of your movies. Movies are still currently around thirty dollars a piece, and by spending a small fraction of that, you can make sure that you'll always have them. In this guide, you'll learn how to backup Blue ray discs and keep your movie library safe and sound for years to come.
The Blue Ray Drive
You don't need a stand alone Blue ray player. In fact, a computer drive (many new computers are being shipped with Blue ray drives, and you can also buy drives yourself to put into a free 5.25" external bay in your computer) will help you learn how to backup Blue ray discs. Unless you buy two separate drives, you'll need to download some software (often available for free online) that will allow you to “rip" or copy the contents of the Blue ray disc to your computer's hard drive, although you'll want to read tutorials or manuals for the specific software you're using to learn specifically how to backup Blue ray discs with that software.
With the contents of the Blue ray disc copied to your PC, you can insert a blank Blue ray recordable disc into your Blue ray burner and use software like Nero or any other software that can burn to Blue ray discs to do just that. There are too many different ways you might have to burn content to Blue ray discs to list here, so you'll need to read up on the individual manuals or tutorials provided with the software once again to learn the final step in how to backup Blue ray discs.
Some problems remain with these methods though. For one, stand alone Blue ray players and the PS3 don't necessarily support the burned formats (yet), although programs like WinDVD Blu-ray Disc Playback Software will, so you can continue to watch the burned movies on your PC (and if you have a computer Blue ray drive, chances are that that is what you're doing anyway). Blank blue ray discs are just a few dollars a pack, and you can use them to record anything. If you have thousands of digital photos that you've taken over the years, you can free up hard drive space and make your computer run faster by moving all the photos onto a blank Blue ray disc for example. This process is actually pretty easy, and you can make sure damaged discs never hurt your movie library by learning how to backup Blue ray discs and potentially save yourself hundreds of dollars over the years.
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