You must have some favorite DVD movies disk that you want to keep forever. But DVD disk is easy to be scratched by children or someone. With more and more playback, the DVD disc quality will be down easily. If you have an external hard driver, it’s a good idea to copy your favorite DVD movie or TV shows on the external hard driver for backup. It’s also convenience to carry to somewhere if you have thousands of DVD movies. And this tutorial will show you how to copy DVD to external drive for backup, it’s easy to handle with it even you are computer newbie.
Because DVD has CSS protection, you need a DVD ripper to decrypt the DVD at first, and then you can copy the video to your external hard drive. I have tried many DVD copying program, freeware and shareware. And finally find this DVD ripper. It’s easy to use and works pretty well for all my DVD collections. More important, it can save your DVD in ISO image file; this can keep the movie in 1:1 lossless quality. It’s really useful when you want to make copies of DVD, for example, burning your wedding DVD record to another blank DVD to send to others. Now, let’s start the guide to copy DVD to external hard drive.
Step1. Download and install the DVD Ripper (Here is the free download link, file size: 10MB), I have scanned it with Norton virus protector and promise it's safe without any virus and spyware. Put your DVD movie disc into your computer drive, And then lunch the DVD ripper, click "Load DVD", it will scan your DVD drive and load the DVD movie automatically.
Step2. Select output profile:
This DVD Ripper is not only a DVD Copy, but also work as a DVD Converter.
If you just want to copy DVD movie to external hard drive for backup only, click the profile dropdown list and go to 'Common Video - Lossless DVD Copy *.vob', select it.
- If you want to save the DVD movie to external hard drive and playback with video player like VLC, Windows Media Player, Real player, etc. Please select 'Common Video - WMV'. For Mac use like Quicktime, iTunes,
iMovie, select 'Common - MP4'.
- If you want to copy the DVD movie to external hard drive and edit with video editor like Sony Vegas, Adobe premiere, Windows Movie Maker, AVS Video Editor, etc. Please select 'Common Video - AVI' as output format.
Step3. Select Subtitle and Language (Optional)
Most DVD movies have several subtitles such as English, French, German, Japanese, etc. You can select one you prefer to join with the movie. You can also delete the subtitle by selecting “No Subtitle”. Selecting Language is the same.
Step4. After the above steps, click “Start” to copy the DVD movie to your computer hard drive, and then you can transfer the copied movie file to your external hard drive. You can also customize the output folder to your external hard drive directly before the conversion. That's all. It couldn't be easier to copy DVD to external hard drive like that.