How Do I Copy a DVD Onto My Hard Drive

Have you ever wondered, how do I copy a DVD onto my hard drive? Many people have asked this question as they seek to save storage space by moving DVDs of home movies onto a hard drive. DVD copying, otherwise known as ripping DVDs, creates a backup of the DVD's contents, preserving the images or storing them for watching on your computer, iPod or any other portable device. Once you find the right DVD copier program, the process is a breeze:

1. Choose a DVD copier program. There are a number of DVD copier programs you can buy or download for free that help you copy DVDs to your hard drive. They differ regarding speed and available interfaces, and some may not be able to copy portions of a locked DVD unless the DVD is actually playing.

2. Check your equipment. Other than DVD copying programs, all you'll need to copy a DVD to your hard drive is sufficient hard drive capacity, a DVD drive on your computer and the DVD you wish to transfer.

3. Launch your DVD copying software. These instructions are based on DVD Decrypter, one of the most common DVD copying programs. If you're using DVD Decrypter, begin by inserting your DVD into the DVD drive on your computer. You should then close any autorun programs, such as DVD software or DVD interactive software.

4. Select the source and the destination. Next, open your DVD copying program, and click the "Mode" drop-down menu, highlighting "File." Select the Source (the DVD drive holding the DVD) and the Destination (the folder you want to put the movie in).

5. Choose a default destination for later. You should use the same hard drive each time and set up or select a default destination for your movies. This lets you know that each time you put a DVD in the drive it will automatically choose the DVD title for the directory. To choose a default destination, click on Tools > Settings > Semi-Automatic under the general settings tab for the default destination.

6. Start copying the DVD. Finally, choose the folder or select the drive or directory where you want to store all of your DVD movies and click the "OK" button.

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