How to Download a DVD to a Computer
By Alan Donahue
Updated September 28, 2017
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DVDs are some of the most purchased home entertainment products, but instead of wasting all of that money and maybe accidentally scratching a disc, you can easily back up movies using your home computer. Owning a back-up copy of your movie has many benefits, and the process only takes up a little bit of hard drive space.
Download the DVD copying software "Clone DVD," which makes for easy DVD copying, and even lets you customize the data and choices with every DVD disc. The data can then be saved on your computer or burned to another copy for easy access (see Resources below).
Install the program and place a shortcut on your desktop. Double-click the "Clone DVD" icon to load the program. The main menu of the program will load, showing you all the options you need to clone the disc.
Insert a DVD disc into your computer's drive. Give the computer 30 seconds to load and analyze the disc. All of the content should automatically appear in the "Clone DVD" menu. If it does not, then select the DVD drive in the "Source" drop-down menu.
Select your "Target" folder. This is the folder that the DVD will be saved to. Choose a folder where you can easily access the information later. The easiest way to do this is by creating a new folder on the Desktop titled "DVDs" and selecting this folder.
Fill out the "Disc Label" section to title the DVD you are copying. Type the title of the DVD so it is easy to keep track of.
Check one of the four boxes that list "Main Movie," "Entire Disc," "Customize" or "Split Disc." The "Main Movie" removes all of the extras, "Entire Disc" copies the whole movies and any special features, "Customize" allows you to set a mix of "Main Movie" and "Entire Disc," and "Split Disc" creates two DVDs to maintain the high quality found in Double-Layered DVDs.
Make sure all of the settings are correct and press the big red button at the bottom of the program. This button starts the cloning process, and a meter bar will show the progress rate. If you minimize the program, the percentage will be written in the Window's toolbar.
Alan Donahue started writing professionally in 2003. He has been published in the Norwich Free Academy "Red & White," UNLV's "Rebel Yell" and on various websites. He is an expert on wrestling, movies and television. He placed second in the NFO Screenwriting Contest and received filmmaking awards from Manchester Community College and Norwich Free Academy. He currently attends Academy of Art University.