How to Burn Exact Copies of a DVD
By Jason Candanedo
You may want to make a copy of personal home movie that you have on DVD disc for friends and family, or for your personal backup. In this case, you must first "rip" the DVD, which means that you copy the disc to your hard drive in the ISO file format. An ISO file is an exact virtual copy of a DVD. You must then burn this image file onto a blank DVD with a ISO burning program. DVD ripping software is not to be utilized for the purpose of copying encrypted, commercial DVD releases, as this is illegal. The method described is only for DVD discs that contain personal home movies.
Download and a DVD ripping program (see Resource section below) and install onto your computer following the installation instructions.
Insert the DVD that you want to copy into the computer's DVD drive.
Open and run the DVD ripping software by double-clicking on the program's desktop icon.
Rip the DVD by selecting the "ISO Image" option in the DVD ripping software then choosing the location on the hard drive to save the ISO file to. After this click on the "OK" button to rip the DVD to your hard drive.
Download an ISO burning program (see "Resource" section below) and install onto your computer by following the installation instructions.
Insert a blank, recordable DVD-RW disc into your computer's DVD burning drive.
Open and run the ISO burning program by double clicking on the desktop icon of the software.
Browse and select your DVD ISO file in the location chosen in step 4. This will load up the image in the ISO burning program.
Click on the "Burn ISO" button to initiate the burning process. You will now have an exact copy of your original DVD disc.
Jason Candanedo is currently a student at Empire State College, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in social theory, social structure and change. He has been writing since August 2008 on his political blog and since September 2009 as a freelance writer for various websites.