How do I backup to DVD - my PC has 2 SATA HDDs RAID 1

Can someone recommend a good branded peice of software that I can use to backup to pref DVD.

My computer has two 120gb SATA hard drives with a hardware RAID controller set to RAID 1.

Thanks

Marcus
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ekrinerCommented:
You can view this article at: http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/darktips/story/0,24330,3605537,00.html 

I have used this in conjunction with NERO and it works PERFECTLY!!!

Dark Tip: Free DVD Backup
     

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I've purchased at least three copies of "Rage Against the Machine" over the last few years. No, it wasn't because I lost the first two. I'm really tough on my CDs. They get thrown in and out of my CD player and eventually become unplayable. The same thing can easily happen to DVDs, and that's why anyone who's tough on their media needs to make a backup for safe keeping. On tonight's 'Savers I'll walk you through the steps.

 

Step 1: Decrypt the DVD

Production companies encrypt DVDs, so you'll need to decrypt the video files before you can do anything else. Insert the DVD into your DVD drive and run an application called DVD Decrypter. It will decrypt (go figure) and store the disc's video object (VOB) files to your hard drive. You're going to need at least 10GB of free hard-drive space per DVD.


Step 2: Shrink the DVD

Store-bought DVD movies use dual-layered discs to store twice as much information as home-burned DVDs. You'll need to shrink the VOB files you just decrypted so they can fit on a single DVD-R or DVD+R disc. Using an application called DVD Shrink, select the features, scenes, and compression rate for your final DVD backup. Click the Backup button to begin the burn.


Step 3: Burn your DVD

Assuming you have a DVD-burning application installed, the burning process should begin when you click the Backup button from Step 2. If you still need burning software, I recommend Nero and Pinnacle Instant Copy.


If you need more Dark Tip-like DVD-burning advice, visit Doom9.net. Enjoy your new backup DVD!


Those of you looking for an all-in-one solution should look into DVD X Copy Platinum. It offers all of the features listed above and them some. But it will run you $150.

 
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slipponzCommented:
I use a piece of software called dvd shrink, it does everything for you. It does take a little while but so does every other method. At least you can leave this running over night or something.
Its called dvd shrink (http://www.dvdshrink.org/what.html). You can also edit the menus and different languages so you can fit the maximum onto your dvd.

Regards

Keith Hubner
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ekrinerCommented:
Hey Keith,

Did you see my step 2? I will reiterate!

Step 2: Shrink the DVD

Store-bought DVD movies use dual-layered discs to store twice as much information as home-burned DVDs. You'll need to shrink the VOB files you just decrypted so they can fit on a single DVD-R or DVD+R disc. Using an application called DVD Shrink, select the features, scenes, and compression rate for your final DVD backup. Click the Backup button to begin the burn.

Ed
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semmesAuthor Commented:
I think my question has been mis-interpreted.  I would like to backup data to DVD.  In essence programs like:

Ghost: No RAID support
Veritas: Too expensive, tape backup only (v8.6)
Disk Image: No RAID support
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ekrinerCommented:
There are 2 that I have tried, and they both worked flawlessly with my HP dvd300i

burn4free
http://www.burn4free.org/

DeepBurner
http://www.deepburner.com/

Thanks for clarifying!
Ed
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semmesAuthor Commented:
Do they support RAID?
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ekrinerCommented:
They support RAID 0 & 1, not 5

Ed
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ekrinerCommented:
I know NERO supports RAID though. www.nero.com
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SnowguyCommented:
I use drive image with raid 0 stripped  2x WD SATA raptor drives
Dont know why Raid 1 a mirrord set would be so hard.
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Phill_upsonCommented:
Roxio Easy CD/DVD is good and has builtin backup options to span multiple cd's and dvd's.  You can select the whole filesystem or just parts of it.  Costs money, but one of the best products on the market.
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semmesAuthor Commented:
It seems that RAID (RAID 1) is not supported by Drive Image . re: http://www.symantec.com/techsupp/primus/id3125.html

If it is, I would certainly be interested in it.

I am also considering:

Double Image-O & Casper XP

Any recomendations or preferences?

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SnowguyCommented:
Hum that is odd I have PQ Drive image 7 (Now owned by symantec) and I know I have used it on Raid 1 with sata drives.
I used it to make a restore disk on a system I built 2 months ago.
A work around could be to brake the mirror set when imaging.
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