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Think back to the last time you forgot to save your work on a PC and the power went out, causing your computer to crash and your data to disappear. Failing to make backup copies of your prized Blu-ray Discs can result in similar circumstances of irretrievable data loss. As your collection of Blu-ray movies grows, we recommend investing in Blu-ray to Blu-ray copy software that can rip, decrypt and copy your movie files. That way, you’ll still have access to the high-definition movies you purchased if anything happens to your original discs. Making backup discs can also let you put originals away for safekeeping.
Blu-ray DVD Copy from iToolSoft is one of many products that can help you create Blu-ray copies and backups. The application can also help you convert BD files (MT2S) to more-common video formats so that you can watch your movies on electronic devices such as smartphones, portable media players and video gaming systems.
Manufacturer iToolSoft claims that its application can copy Blu-Rays to multiple kinds of discs, including the hard disk on your computer. However, we created no successful Blu-ray copies when we tested the iToolSoft application.
According to manufacturer iToolSoft Studio, its Blu-Ray DVD Copy application can make copies of Blu-ray movies in a handful of modes. You can make a 1-1 clone copy, a movie-only copy or a copy that preserves the original disc's menus and special features but removes advertising and legal notices. You can also compress Blu-ray movies to fit on a standard DVD and extract only the audio files of your favorite films, according to the manufacturer’s website.
Our experience with the software tells a different story. We first attempted to make a copy directly to the hard drive of our test PC. This effort failed repeatedly, though we used discs produced by a wide range of manufacturers. Next, we tried to make a Blu-ray movie copy to a DVD. At the time, the application told us that the media we were trying to duplicate was too big to fit on our destination disc.
We were never able to make a good Blu-ray copy disc with iToolSoft Blu-Ray DVD Copy, so we are unable to judge the quality of the picture and audio it can produce. In future versions of the application, we hope that decryption and file-size issues are resolved. That way, you will be able to use the software to backup your BDs and make your new movies playable in other video formats.
The opening interface of iToolSoft Blu-ray DVD Copy is a clean-slate gray window with a red pie chart that shows the space available on your hard drive. From there, you can choose the source Blu-ray movie you want to copy.
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The next step is where the process gets more difficult. The only options for copying your disc are listed below the source dropdown menu as radio buttons. Despite claims made on the manufacturer’s website, the only destination options are Blu-ray discs.
The options that are ostensibly available from iToolSoft Blu-Ray DVD Copy rival the best features the competition has to offer. According to the manufacturer, you can use the software to make copies in multiple modes and copy Blu-ray files to multiple formats. However, our tests never produced a successful copy of a Blu-ray Disc, so we can’t recommend this application for making backup Blu-rays to protect your investment in your BD collection.