Forum Spotlight: Automatically Rip DVDs and CDs to your Home Server

by Alex Kuretz on September 27, 2011 · 1 comment

in Forum Spotlight

New forum member “Phil2011″ has posted in the forums with his solution for automatically ripping his DVD and CD collection directly on his Home Server using only freely available tools. Here’s what Phil2011 has to say about his process:

I recently got quite tired of the manual overhead I had to go through to rip a DVD to my WHS. I looked around but was not able to find a free application that automatically rips DVDs once put them into a DVD drive connected via USB to the WHS. With a little experimenting I was able to find the following solution and it is working without issues for a couple months now – maybe it is also helpful for others.

If you want to rip a DVD you just switch on the DVD drive connected your WHS (I switch mine off if I don’t rip for a while to save power) and just put in the DVD to rip. Once the ripping is done (~20min for me) the drive will open/eject the DVD. The script writes a log file to c:\batches\log.txt so you know what’s going on.

Visit Phil2011′s forum topic for all the details including his script and screenshots. If you try this out be sure to post in the forums and let us know how it works for you.

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.

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