How to Copy DVDs to a PC

Updated July 20, 2017

A DVD can hold a video or it can contain data files such as documents and pictures. DVDs that contain documents and pictures are called data DVDs. How you copy a DVD to a personal computer depends on the type of DVD you are working with. To make a backup copy of a commercial movie DVD, you will need special software such as DVD Shrink, DVDFab or DVD Clone. Data DVDs can be copied using your operating system's copy and paste utilities.

Download and install video DVD backup software.

Place the DVD in your computer's DVD drive.

Open the DVD backup software.

Provide the location of your DVD drive as the "Source."

Provide the location for the backup copy as the "Destination."

Choose the compression ratio or DVD size.

Click the "Backup" or "Start" button to copy the DVD.

Insert the DVD into the computer's DVD drive.

Open the "My Computer" folder if you are using the Windows operating system. Linux and Mac OSX users will find an icon for the DVD on the desktop. Double-click on the DVD icon, and this will open a folder which will show the contents of the DVD.

Right-click anywhere in the folder and choose the "Select All" option.

Right-click anywhere in the folder a second time and choose the "Copy" option.

Open the folder into which you want to copy the DVD.

Right-click anywhere in the destination folder and choose the "Paste" option.

Things You'll Need

  • DVD Shrink
  • DVDFab
  • DVD Clone
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Kristen Waters has been writing for the computer industry since 2004. She has written training materials for both large and small computer companies as well as how-to and informative articles for many online publications. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees from both York College of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland.