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How to Copy DVD to External Hard Drive

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Updated on Feb 19, 2024

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

So, the following article will illustrate how to copy a DVD to an external hard drive in detail. Please install the superb DVD copier to get ready:

A Handy Way to Backup DVD Collection and Play Movies

Physical discs are less convenient to carry around and require much more space than digital files. Therefore, 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 DVDs to an external hard drive, which is quite affordable nowadays, enabling you to save and watch movies more handily.

Can’t wait to store DVDs on your external hard drive? Let’s learn how to copy DVDs to external hard drives easily yet efficiently.

A Necessary Assistant to Transfer DVD to External Hard Drive

It is not advisable to directly transfer files from a DVD to an external hard drive by simply copying and pasting them because most commercial DVDs are copy-protected to prevent illegal distribution. The correct way to transfer the files is to use DVD copy software that removes the copy protection and creates complete digital copies of the DVD. WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro is the recommended software that can not only convert DVDs to MP4 and 500+ optimized formats and devices but also create ISO images or Video_TS folders from DVDs for 1:1 intact backup. You can download the program and learn how to transfer DVDs to external hard drives 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, or forced subtitles is allowed as well.
  • 7. Modify output video parameters like bitrate, aspect ratio, etc.
  • 8. Support homemade, commercial, and recorded 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

First, insert a DVD disc into your computer DVD-ROM drive, and run WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro. Click the "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 movie.

Choose a Needed Format

Step 2. Choose an Output Format

Navigate to the "Output Format" section 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/Video_TS folder from DVD with 1:1 flawless content preserved.
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 300+ configured presets for adapting a wide range of hot devices.

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Step 3. Start Conversion

Click the three dots icon on the bottom of the window to set the output path. Then click "Run" to start ripping the DVD to the local hard drive. The process only takes several minutes with full support for hardware acceleration. Of course, the conversion speed is also affected by the DVD size and your DVD-ROM drive reading speed.

Step 4. 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

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 an external hard drive. Through this powerful DVD converter, you can also rip DVDs to NAS, play DVDs on portable devices, edit DVD movies, improve video quality, and more. Now, install the software to build your own digital library trouble-free.

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