External. Much more bang for the buck. On Black Friday I got an 18X lightscribe DL drive for $39.95. On the other hand, all that's involved in changing the internal is two little screws on the bottom of the laptop.
RI4ME generates a 'Protected Sector List' that tells decrypter what not to look at. It also fixes the menu structure, if needed. Bad Sectors and Menus are commonly used as copy protection, and can cause DeCrypter to choke.
The problem with using decrypter alone is it hasn't been updated forever. RipIt4Me gets upgraded practically every time a new DVD is released. And RipIt4Me is really just a shell that runs DeCrypter by feeding it the right commands.
Originally Posted by Djinnmage
Really the major difference here that just can't be justified IMO is the cost. You can get a comporable (or more powerful) pc laptop for hundreds less from Dell, Gateway, Hp, etc....
And now for your next word in DVD to HD: AutoGK. It will automatically transmogrify those MPEG2 DVD files to much more compact MPEG4 files. Longer battery life on your laptop (smaller files = less HD activity to play them)...