How to Copy DVDs on a Computer With 2 Disk Drives

By April Kohl

Duplicating a DVD is much simpler when you have two drives.
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Backing up a DVD can be a long and tiresome process when you only have one disc drive. You first need to copy the disc's contents onto your hard drive, then replace the DVD in your drive and burn the files back out to the new disc. When you have two DVD drives, the process becomes much quicker and less frustrating.

Insert the DVD to be copied (which we will call "the original DVD") into your DVD drive. Insert the blank DVD into your DVD burner. The computer accesses both DVDs. Load your DVD copying software, such as Nero, Roxio or CD Burner XP (which is compatible with later versions of Windows, too).

Select "Copy DVD" if you are presented with a new-session options window (as Nero does), or click the "File" menu and select "New" to begin a new session. Select the drive containing the original DVD as your source disc and the drive containing the blank DVD as your destination (or "Burn to") drive.

Click the "Copy," "Next" or "Begin" button to begin the copying process. You may be presented with another options window, this one allowing you to select whether to store temporary files on your computer or simply burn direct to disc. If you have the free hard drive space, storing the temporary files will increase the chance of a good copy being made. Click the "Next" or "Copy" button to proceed.