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Copy your DVDs with 123 DVD Clone

Make backup copies of your DVDs with this easy-to-use shareware.

Have you ever played a favorite DVD so many times that it started to skip, even with careful handling? DVDs are notoriously prone to skipping when scratched or marred. With today's high-capacity hard drives, why not store copies of your favorite movies and other important DVDs on your PC? It's easy with DVDVideoTool's 123 DVD Clone. With it, you can copy and back up your DVDs to your hard drive with a single click, and burn copies of them, too. It can copy entire discs or just save the main feature, and even split programs. While 123 DVD Clone is shareware, it's free to try, though the trial is limited to five days and seven uses. But that's more than enough time to see if 123 DVD Clone is the tool you'll want to keep around for making copies of all your DVDs for safekeeping. Recent updates include compatibility with Windows 8.

A simple layout with entry fields labeled Source and Target makes 123 DVD Clone easy to use. An Import button next to the Source field let us select a DVD from our player or a previously copied DVD from our hard drive. The Target field works just the same, but in reverse: We could save a copied disc to our hard drive or select our DVD burner to create a copy of a previously copied disc. The Copy Mode section offers three buttons: Whole Disk, Main Movie, and Split DVD-9. Under Output Settings, we could de-select foreign language soundtracks and subtitle data to save space as well as change the disc label and destination. The System Settings include a choice of burning engines. Clicking the question mark icon produced no Help file, unfortunately.

We started with a DVD in our PC's DVD tray. Be patient while 123 DVD Clone analyzes a DVD, as the process can take some time. When all was ready, we pressed the Start button. Copy time is similar to other DVD copiers we've tried. The finished copy played normally on our PC. When you think about the value of your DVD library, 123 DVD Clone offers inexpensive insurance.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of 123 DVD Clone 3.0.6.

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