How to Store & Watch DVD Movies on a Hard Drive

Updated March 23, 2017

With advancements in technology, it is simple to store DVD movies on your computer hard drive and then watch them at a later time without the disk. While it is illegal to copy DVDs and distribute them, you are entitled to make a copy of your movie for your own personal use. You may also want to store the DVD on your hard drive to save space and so that you can access it more conveniently.

Download a piece of software that is designed to help you take the content off of a DVD and turn it into a file that can be saved on your computer. This is sometimes referred to as "ripping" a DVD. One example of a program that can do this for you is RealDVD.

Insert the DVD into the hard drive of your computer. Open the program that you will be using to rip the DVD. Once you open the program, you can choose the location that you want to save the movie to. Select the spot on your hard drive that you want to save the movie to. You may want to create a folder for these movies or save them on an external hard drive. Once you select the location, you can begin the process of ripping the DVD. It may take some time to complete, but when the program is finished, you will have a video file that is saved on your hard drive.

Play the file using one of the many software programs that can play movie files. For example, if you are using Windows, you can simply open Windows Media Player and then use that to watch the movie file. Navigate to the folder in which the movies are stored. If you right-click on one of the movies, a menu will appear. On the menu, you will see an option that says "Open With." This shows you the different programs that you could potentially use to open the file. Select a program to watch it with and then the movie should begin playing in that program.

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Luke Arthur has been writing professionally since 2004 on a number of different subjects. In addition to writing informative articles, he published a book, "Modern Day Parables," in 2008. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Missouri State University.