[mythtv-users] Rip Damaged DVD

John Baab john.baab at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 19:08:43 UTC 2008

If you want to recover data from a damaged dvd you can use gddrescue

All you do is ddrescue -d /dev/dvd DVD_NAME.iso DVD_NAME.iso.log

This will skip over bad sectors and come back to recover them later,
so if it is choking on bad sectors for a while you can normally ^C it
and the ISO should be as good as you will get.  If you enable the log
like I mentioned above then you can kill the process and restart it as
well.  This is normally a longer process than using myth to rip the

On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 1:51 PM, Michael T. Dean
<mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
> On 12/16/2008 10:54 AM, kenneth wrote:
>> I would like to know how to rip a DVD that reports to have a
>> damaged/unreadable area.
>> I can watch the DVD using a standalone player, or Myth itself.  But, when
>> I try to rip and transcode the program using Myth it fails.  The log shows
>> something about I/O error.
> That typically indicates a DVD that was "protected" by a scheme that
> causes disk read errors so you can't rip it.  This is often done by big
> houses, like Sony, to protect their ultra-valuable content from nasty
> pirates.
>> Is there a way to rip and transcode while ignoring the error?
> Myth will not let you circumvent such copy protection.  (So, not with
> Myth--and, you can read the implied conclusion to that statement yourself.)
>> What other options do I have?
> There are many wikis/fora/whatever (probably all hosted outside the
> US--unlike this mailing list) that discuss how to rip copy-protected DVD's.
> Mike
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