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How to Copy DVD to External Hard Drive

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Updated on Apr 26, 2022

For a long time in the past, movies fans plunged into DVDs and many people own a massive collection of DVD movies. Now entering the streaming era, the traditional DVDs are gradually dropping out of sight. It’s time to digitize your DVDs to external hard drive for easier playback.

Download this superb DVD ripper, I'll demonstrate how to copy DVD to external hard drive step by step.

A Handy Way to Backup DVD Collection and Play Movies

Physical DVD discs are less convenient to carry around and also require much more space to store than digital files. Thus most people prefer to convert their precious DVD movies to digital formats and store the converted files on PCs. But given the limited capacity of a computer hard drive, you can also transfer DVD to external hard drive, which is quite affordable nowadays, and enables you to save and watch movies more handily. Can’t wait to store DVDs on external hard drive? Let’s learn how to copy DVD to external hard drive in an effective way.

A Necessary Assistant to Transfer DVD to External Hard Drive

It's not advisable to transfer all files from a DVD to an external hard drive directly by a simple copy & paste, since virtually all commercial DVDs are copy-protected to prevent illegal distribution. The correct way is to use the right DVD copy software to remove DVD copy protection and get complete digital copies of a DVD first, and then transfer them to your external hard drive. WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro is a recommended good assistant that can not only convert DVDs to MP4 and 300+ optimized formats and devices, but also create ISO images or Video_TS folders from DVDs for 1:1 intact backup. Download the program and jump in how to put DVDs on external hard drive in the next part.

Copy DVD to External Hard Drive to Build Your Own Digital Library
WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro
  • 1. Make a 1:1 intact digital copy (VIDEO_TS or ISO) with all content.
  • 2. Bypass/remove all DVD encryption like region code, CSS, etc.
  • 3. Convert DVD to MP4 and 500+ presets with GPU Acceleration.
  • 4. 5-minutes to fast digitize DVD to MPEG-2 MPG format.
  • 5. Simply compress 8 GB DVD to 1-2 GB digital video file.
  • 6. Adding Hard, soft and forced subtitles is allowed as well.
  • 7. Modify output video parameters like bitrate, aspect ratio, etc.
  • 8. Support homemade/recorded/commercial DVD & ISO & Video_TS.
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How to Copy DVD to External Hard Drive to Watch on TV, PC, etc.?

Select the DVD Source

Before start, please free downloadfree download and install the software on PC.

Step 1. Load DVD Source into the Software

First, insert a DVD disc into your computer DVD-ROM drive, and run WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro. Click on DVD Disc button, select the target drive letter and press OK to import the DVD content. It will instantly decrypt the DVD and mark the main title/main movie.

WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro also supports ISO images and Video_TS folder sources. Both homemade DVDs and commercial DVDs are allowed.

Choose a Needed Format

Step 2. Choose an Output Format

Navigate to the Output Format icon on the right and choose an output format. You can choose a digital video format like MP4, AVI, MKV, MPG, MOV, etc. or make ISO image or Video_TS folder from DVD with 1:1 flawless content preserved.

Tips. If you want to play DVDs on a specified device like TV, mobile phone or tablet, just navigate to the Device section, and choose your device model. WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro offers 500+ configured presets for adapting a wide range of hot devices.

Convert DVDs to Digital Files

Step 3. Start Converting the DVD

Click on the three dots icon on the bottom of the window to set the output path. Then click on Run to start to copy DVD to local hard drive. The fast DVD ripper only takes several minutes to convert DVD to MPG. With the full support for hardware acceleration, it also speeds up the process of DVD to H.264 and H.265 conversion. Of course, the conversion speed is also affected by the DVD size and your DVD-ROM drive reading speed.

Step 4. How to Copy DVD to External Hard Drive

After the conversion, connect your external hard drive to your computer via USB cable, and transfer DVD to external hard drive. If your external hard drive has a fast reading and writing speed, the transferring process will be completed faster. 


Also Read: Free DVD Players for Windows 10/11 | Rip DVD to Plex | Copy DVD to PC | Rip DVD to Hard Drive

Disclaimer: WonderFox doesn't advocate any illegal duplication and distribution. Please refer to the DVD copyright laws in your country before you rip any DVDs. Ripped content CANNOT be used for commercial use.


At Last

That’s the whole process of how to put DVDs on external hard drive. Through this DVD converter, you can also rip DVD to NAS, rip DVD for Kodi and more. Now, install the software to build your own digital library trouble-free.

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