DVD to USB - How to Copy DVD to USB Flash Drive

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If you are going to purchase a DVD disc nowadays, you don't have to worry about how to transfer DVD to USB. Because online stores like Walmart provide you with additional USB options when ordering digital media - $12.96 per copy for USB.

Then, what about your old DVD collections? Is it also possible to copy DVD to USB flash drive by yourself? No worries. And that is exactly what we are going to talk about and show you how to make it in this post. Follow the steps below to start your DVD to USB backup and playback.

Method 1. How to Copy DVD to USB Flash Drive Directly

This method is kind of conventional, and also super easy to operate. I bet most people have known how to do it. Anyway, here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Insert the DVD into the disk drive and plug in the USB flash drive into the USB port.

Step 2. Open the DVD drive in your computer by double clicking. Copy all of the DVD's contents and files.

Step 3. Then go back to open the USB drive, and paste the selected DVD files to the USB drive.

That's it. You just finish the whole copying DVD to USB job. However, there are a few things about this method that you may need to know in advance. NO.1, this method only works for DVDs without copyright protection, like you own homemade ones. If your plan is transfering some DVDs with copy protection, you may find that the DVD files are empty, or the pasted files are corrupted and unplayable, after using this method.

The second notice about this method is that you can use it to only copy the original files saved in the DVDs. It means you cannot change their formats. So if you want to save them in a USB and play them on your smart TV or somewhere else, there may be some problems, since most smart TVs have its own unique media file format requirements.

So these are the reasons why we bring you the second method to convert DVD to USB. This is a method where you can decide any export format which you would like your DVD files to be.

Method 2. How to Copy DVD to USB Flash Drive for Smart TV or Any Other Device

To successfully make this job done, we need help from a professional DVD to USB converter. And here what we choose is named VideoProc Converter. It is a piece of multimedia software with several handy tools built in, including a DVD ripper, a video converter, a YouTube downloader, and a screen/webcam recorder. Besides all that, there are some useful basic video editing settings for beginners, like cut, merge and video stabilization.

With it, you can digitize both homemade and commercial DVDs into USB. More importantly, it is able to bypass copy protection schemes. So why not free download VideoProc Converter now, and then check more features and how to use it for copying DVD to USB?

1. What platforms can VideoProc Converter run on?

You can copy DVD to USB with VideoProc Converter on both Windows and macOS computer. Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems of Windows 7 to 10 are supported. macOS needs to be Mac OS X Snow Leopard or higher. Transferring DVD to USB can be extremely fast with hardware acceleration enabled in VideoProc Converter, if your CPU/GPU supports QSV, NVENC, or VCN.

VideoProc interface - DVD ripper
VideoProc Converter interface - DVD ripper

2. What types of DVD can VideoProc Converter backup to USB?

  • Homemade DVDs
  • 99-title DVDs with region codes, copy protections, etc.
  • Workout DVDs
  • Damaged DVDs
  • ISO image and VIDEO TS folder

3. Which output format is recommended for DVD to USB?

  • If saving space is your priority, rip DVD to MP4 for USB.
  • Choose device directly to copy DVD to USB for playing on Apple TV, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic or LG TV.
  • To maintain original quality, choose DVD Backup modes like Full Title Copy, Main Content Copy, Clone DVD to ISO Image, Clone DVD to VIDEO_TS Folder, etc.
Rip DVD to USB for playing on TVs
Rip DVD to USB for playing on TVs

Now let's get started with how to use VideoProc Converter to copy DVD to USB flahs drive.

Step 1. Download if you have not yet and install VideoProc Converter first, and then launch the software.

Step 2. Input your DVD into the disk drive and click DVD > Disc to load content in the software.

Step 3. Now move to the bottom part and choose the output format like MP4 H.264.

What Exactly Media Format You Should Choose

Simply speaking, USB stores anything, like media files, docx files, photos, etc. To copy DVD to USB flash drive for playback later, you need to know what file formats are supported by the player device. Sometimes you also need to check the USB supported media type by a specific TV.

  • Apple TV supports H.264 video in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov container formats.
  • Roku TV supports H.264/HEVC in MP4, MOV, M4V, MKV and VP9 in WebM.
  • Sony TV support USB input on TV in MP4, MPEG, WMV, MTS formats, etc.
  • Copy DVD to USB for Sony TVs
  • Samsung TV accepts DVD to USB in AVI, MKV, MP4, MOV, etc.
Copy DVD to USB for Samsung TVs

Step 4. Browse to select USB as the output folder. Please prepare a USB flash drive with enough memory space. If you have hundreds of or even thousands of DVD discs to backup, better purchase a large-storage USB flash drive, for example, converting DVD to external hard drive of 8TB. Sometimes your mobile phone could be a temporary USB device if there is enough room. To transfer one or two DVD movies to USB, mobile phone is a good choice.

Step 5. Press button RUN to start DVD to USB ripping.

rip DVD to USB
Rip DVD to USB in MP4 HEVC

The Bottom Line

Because of its long list of output formats supported (420+), except for ripping DVD to USB, VideoProc Converter would be very useful if you need to transcode video files for playback on any devices. New device output options like iPhone 11 are always added in time for your convenience. Feel free to download VideoProc Converter to have a try!

Disclaimer: We do not advocate downloading or converting authorized or copy-protected media content.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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