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123 Copy DVD- movie backups made easy

Posted 24 September 2004 18:11 CET by Ssseth

 

Minimum requirements:

(as stated by 123 DVD Copy)

  • Windows 98, SE/Me/2000/XP
  • Intel Pentium 800MHz
  • 128MB RAM
  • Direct X 8.1 or higher
  • up to 10 GB temporary disk space and DVD-R/RW or DVD+R/RW burner

The version of 123 Copy DVD we were given for this review is 1.6.08 (Note: we updated from our initial version to 1.6.2 midway through the review process to address some minor bugs).

If you choose to purchase a copy via download, the version we are using for the review it is a relatively small package, only 4.95 MB. So even dial-up users should not have to wait very long to download a copy. We extracted the zip file and ended up with a 10.6 MB folder with the following files:

A double click on the Autorun.exe produced the following screen:

After selecting 'Install 123 Copy DVD' we were prompted for an install path.

After selecting the install button it took under two minutes for the install to finish. At which point we were prompted to reboot our computer.

A minor annoyance is that the installer did not give a shortcut placement option. An icon was placed on the desktop as well as in the Start menu. I would prefer if the install package would give a choice as I do not use desktop icons and I place all DVD related applications in a Start menu sub folder. This is personal preference however, and a quick delete and Start menu shuffle was all it took to fix it.

After the reboot, starting up the program produced a registration screen.

After filling out the required fields we were prompted to submit the registration data.

You must be connected to the internet to register and install the 3rd party update. This is key as it is the component that allows backup of commercial copy protected DVD.

If you do not have an internet connection at the time you can update the product later (visit http://www.123copydvd.com and use the 3rd party plug-in link).

Although you will be able to backup non protected movies without the 3rd party update, you will not be able to backup commercially protected DVD's. You'll also see an error message indicating this when trying to do so.

Installing the program and the 3rd party update was a painless process and went smoothly.

So now that 123 Copy DVD is installed we are ready to see what it can do!