How to Save a DVD Movie to My Hard Drive

Updated April 17, 2017

Unknown to many computer users is the fact that DVD video files may be copied from a DVD to your hard drive. While copyrighted materials can not simply be copied from one disc to another, they can be copied to your hard disk for backup purposes.

Insert the DVD to be copied into your hard drive.

Open the "My Computer" menu from the Windows "Start" menu on the desktop taskbar.

Right-click the DVD drive and select the "Explore" or "Open in a new window" option that appears in the context menu.

Right-click the "VIDEO_TS" folder and select "Copy" from the context menu.

Open the hard drive location where you would like to store the DVD movie and press the "Control" and "V" keys simultaneously. This will begin the copying procedure. This process may take up to an hour depending on the size of the movie and the speed of your DVD drive.

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Heather Lindsay is a stained glass artist who holds a master's degree in library science, a bachelor's degree in anthropology with a minor in art, and has enjoyed working in special libraries with photograph collections.