Before you jump on me with "search the forums" ... I have -- many forums (not just this one). It has been incredibly time consuming and the results have been -- can I trust anyone and/or any software? What I've ran into with my search is: 1. Spammers advertising in threads 2. Various "ripper" software actually is malware and/or virus 3. Big debates of whether it's legal or not legal 4. Lots of people saying XYZ is the BEST product followed by NO it sucks use LMN product 5. XYZ is great software but it will take a few weeks to figure out how to use it and the process is a continued learning experience My quest is a simple one (as it would appear the same quest of many others before me) ... I want to convert my collection of about 250 DVD (SD and all legal purchases) to an HTPC I'm going to build. This is for my personal use, not for distribution to anyone else - consider it a backup if you must. The collection I'm sure has both copy-protected and non-copy protected DVDs. I want to do this because it's a LOT easier to manage (index, search, catalog, etc.) files on a large hard drive(s) via a HTPC than going thru 250 DVDs. I'm a Mac and PC person, prefer the Mac for most of my work, but well I have PC's also. I have FCS 2 and QuickTime Pro (paid version) and a DivX (Pro) and Flip4Mac Studio Pro HD. It maybe that there is no simple solution - I'm ok with that, just need to know. It maybe the solution(s) will require endless hours of my time which isn't really an option for me, the convenience just isn't worth the time investment. The other option is to get a 400 disc DVD/BD player (Sony make a nice one) for $599 -- supposed to have better search features but not sure -- dump the HTPC concept completely. Are my expectations just too high, or is there really a relatively simple solution keeping the HTPC in the equation? I've gone thru enough threads to spot the spammers, but hoping someone who has gone thru the process has the simple answer.