Copying DVDs to a hard drive can not only free up the space of your house, but also back up digital copies for watching, editing, and sharing on modern devices without any fuss, especially in a digital era dominated by streaming videos. And after saving them on your HDD, you can carry them around in a device no bigger than a mobile phone where ever you go.
I know you have questions far more than how to copy DVD to hard drive. No worry, we'll walk you through them one by one. Just keep scrolling down the page.
Rip or Copy DVD to Hard Drive
To rip DVDs is to compress and threw away menus, trailers, and some special features. While to copy DVDs is to duplicate the entire DVD bit by bit. Therefore, a 1:1 DVD copy behaves pretty the same as the physical disk.
From this perspective, we'd prefer to copy DVDs rather than strip out much data in the process of ripping. The only headache is its large size. An ISO copy of a DVD eats up 4 to 5 times more storage than a ripped one.
But we are talking about saving the DVD copy to a hard drive, which is different from converting DVD to USB flash drive or any devices with weak storage capabilities. The most commonly used HDDs are equipped with 1-5 TB (1TB = 1000GB) storage and fast writing and reading speed. So, copy DVDs to your portable hard drive without worrying about the storage while enjoying all features of physical DVDs.
What Is the Best Video Format to Copy DVD to Hard Drive
It depends. External hard drives let you archive DVD copies in varied formats with its high tolerance for file inputs.
To get the best video quality without data loss, you'd better copy DVDs to ISO image, Video_TS folder (consisting of BUP, IFO, and VOB files), or MPG files encoded with MPEG-2 (the standard compression codec for DVDs with linear PCM, AC-3 or DTS audio within the VOB wrapper).
If you want to play the DVD videos stored in your hard drive on TVs, computers, game consoles, and mobile devices, you should choose a widely supported video format, MP4 H.264, the dominant format in all most all devices as well as online video platforms.
How to Copy DVD to Hard Drive on Windows 10 & Mac
First of all, you need a desktop program available on Windows 10 and macOS. And the tool we are going to use is VideoProc. It is a brother of the industry-leading DVD ripping software, WinX DVD Ripper. Hence it shares the same advanced hardware acceleration and DVD encryption technologies. You can use it to copy DVD to hard drive on Windows 10, 8, 7, and Mac OS X 10.16 or later without any fuss.
It supports 1:1 copy from DVD to ISO image and Video_TS folders, full title/selected title copy from DVD to MKV, as well as rips commercial and homemade DVDs to MP4, AVI, MP3, etc. Besides, it was developed with more talents including editing, compressing, converting, and downloading videos, and recording the computer screen.
VideoProc - Copy DVD to Hard Drive without Data Loss
- 1:1 copy to preserve full title with videos, audios, subtitles, menus, and metadata.
- Decrypt copy-protected and region-locked DVDs with ease.
- 47x real-time faster conversion with full GPU acceleration enabled.
- Rip DVDs/ISO images to 420+ formats – MP4, MKV, AVI, H.264, HEVC, MP3, AAC, etc.
- Copy and recover old, low-resolution, and slightly scratched discs.
- Quick access to video editing, and name and tag settings.
1. Download and install the latest version of VideoProc on your computer.
2. Put a DVD into your computer via an internal or external optical disk drive.
3. Connect your external hard drive to your computer via a USB port. Windows File Explorer and macOS Finder will recognize it automatically.
Note: If you are using a brand new external hard drive, you'd better format the drive to exFAT in advance.
Step 1. Load DVD to VideoProc
Launch VideoProc and click "DVD" on its homepage. Then click the "DVD Disc" icon to select the source disc. Tick "Auto Detect" to let VideoProc recognize the disc file system type and click "Done".
Step 2. Choose an Output Format for Copying DVD to Hard Drive
Click "Backup" on the lower size of its UI and you can choose:
- Main Copy to copy the DVD with selected video/audio tracks in MPG encoded with MPEG-2.
- Title Copy to back up full title including videos, audios, and subtitles in MPG encoded with MPEG-2.
- ISO to copy the DVD an ISO image file sector by sector without compression.
- Video_TS to copy DVD to hard drive with all video data and playback info in a Video_TS folder.
- MKV Copy to convert full title of the DVD with all audio, videos, and subtitles in MKV MPEG-2.
- H.264 Copy to save the full title of the DVD in MKV encoded with H.264.
Option: Select a format for the hard drive manually.
Essentially, this is sort of to rip your DVD to the hard drive in a certain video format. Click "Target Format" > "General Profiles" where you can rip DVD to MP4, MOV, HEVC, or WEBM onto a hard drive. Alternatively, choose the format in terms of devices if you are going to watch it on Samsung, Sony, LG, or Panasonic TV.
Step 3. Export the DVD Copy from VideoProc to Hard Drive
Click "Browse" to select a folder in your hard drive to save the digital DVD copy. Activate "Hardware Acceleration Engine". And hit the "RUN" button to copy and transfer the DVD file to the hard disk directly.
If your laptop has no more port for the HDD after connecting an external disk drive, you can copy the DVD to your computer first, and then transfer it to the hard drive.
When it is finished, disconnect the hard drive from your computer properly.
- Windows: Expand options on the notification area of the taskbar, right-click on the USB icon, and click "Eject".
- Mac: Navigate to "Finder" > "Devices". Locate the external device and click on the eject icon next to it.
Bonus Tips: How to Play DVD Library from External Hard Drive
To watch DVD movies from external hard drive on TV, you need to connect it to your TV set, computer, or projector via the USB-A port.
As for connecting it to your iPhone/iPad/Android, you need an adaptor to transfer the Type-A port to type-C.
Disclaimer: We do not advocate copying or ripping authorized or copy-protected media content.