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How to Copy DVD to External Hard Drive

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Updated on May 13, 2021

For a long time in the past, movies fans plunged into DVD and many people own a massive collection of DVD movies. But with the popularity of 4K blurays and even 8K videos, the traditional DVD discs are gradutally dropping out of sight. It’s time to digitize your DVDs to your hard drive and make room for your UHD-BD collections. And here shows you how to copy DVD to external hard drive step by step with the useful DVD ripper:

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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 hard drive space of a computer, you can also transfer DVD to external hard drive. The external hard drive is quite affordable, light to carry, and enables you to save and watch movies more handily. Can’t wait to store DVDs on external hard drive? Let’s learn about how to copy DVD to external hard drive in an effective way.

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A Necessary Assistant to Transfer DVD to External Hard Drive

It's not advisable to transfer the files from a DVD to external hard drive directly since virtually all DVD movies are copy-protected to prevent illegal distribution. Even if you successfully copy the files to an external hard drive, when you play the movie, you would find that it is incomplete or corrupt. The correct way is to use DVD copy software to remove DVD copy protection and get complete digital copies of a DVD first, and then transfer them to your device. WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro is a recommended option for this task. It can not only convert DVDs to MP4 and other video formats but also create ISO images from DVDs for backup. The following guide tells how to put DVDs on external hard drive using the software.

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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.

How to Copy DVD to External Hard Drive

Select the DVD Source

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Step 1. Load DVD Source into the Software

First, insert a DVD disc into your computer DVD-ROM drive, and open the software. Hit DVD Disc, select the target drive letter and click on OK to import the DVD source. It will instantly decrypt the DVD and choose the main movie.

WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro also supports ISO images and Video_TS folder sources.

Choose a Needed Format

Step 2. Choose an Output Format

Navigate to the Output Format icon on the right and choose a format. You can choose a digital video format like MP4, AVI, MKV, MPG, MOV, etc. or make ISO image 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. DVD Ripper Pro offers the best presets for a wide range of 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 the process. 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, 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. 

At Last

It’s all about how to put DVDs on external hard drive. Please install the software now to build up your own media server.

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