[mythtv-users] Rip Damaged DVD

kenneth at berrypatch.net kenneth at berrypatch.net
Tue Dec 16 20:43:19 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
> dvd.
> 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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Thank you for the reply(s)  I will try searching for download and
operating instructions for ddrescue.


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