Full Tutorial of Copying a DVD on Your Computer

Full Tutorial of Copying a DVD on Your Computer

Suppose you have a movie DVD, but you want to watch it on your mobile phone or somewhere else. You can rip the DVD simply. What about a data DVD or software installation disc? The alternative solution is to copy a DVD and save it to your computer as a DVD folder or an ISO image.

How to copy a DVD to Windows or Mac? The answer is not as simple as copying and pasting contents from DVD to computer. You will need the DVD copying software. In this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to complete the task on Windows 10/8.18/7 and Mac OS X/11/12.

Copying a DVD

Part 1: Best way to copy a DVD

As its name said, AnyMP4 DVD Copy is a professional tool to copy any DVD to hard drive or another disc.

1. Copy and make a backup of DVD in the form of DVD folder or ISO image file, including protected DVDs.

2. Write an ISO image or a DVD folder stored on your computer to a blank disc in a single click.

3. Offer three modes to make a full copy, or copy main movie or any video clips.

4. Pack several custom options to let you control the output and process.

5. Preview the contents on your DVD before or after copying.

In a word, DVD Copy is the best way you can find to copy a DVD to hard drive without losing any data on Windows 10/8/7 and Mac OS X/11/12. We use Windows 10 as the example to show you to procedure.

How to copy a DVD

Step 1: Install the best DVD copying software

AnyMP4 DVD Copy offers two versions, one for Windows 10/8/7 and the other for Mac OS X/11/12. Download and install the proper one to your computer. Insert the disc to your DVD drive and launch the program.

DVD Copy

Step 2: Select the proper mode

Click and unfold the Source dropdown list and select your DVD drive. Then expand the Target dropdown list and select the format related to ISO image or DVD folder. Adjust the custom options below or keep them by default. Then select a proper mode in the middle of the home interface:

Full Copy: Save all data and information from DVD to computer.

Main Movie: Only copy the movie from DVD to hard drive.

Customize: Permit you to select copy which files and save them to your computer.

Tip: You can preview the videos and main movie on your DVD with the built-in media player on right side.


Step 3: Copy a DVD to hard drive

If you are ready, click the Next button at bottom right corner to start copying DVD to Windows 10. When it is done, you will get the notification.

Note: The DVD folder or ISO image created by DVD Copy can be mounted on computer. Plus, you can use the same program to write the DVD copy to another disc.

Part 2: How to copy a DVD on Windows 10

Microsoft has introduced the capacity of mounting DVD image files into Windows 10/8/7; however, there is no native functionality to copy a DVD to hard disk in ISO file. Don't worry! Here are paid and free DVD copying software.

Top 1: BurnAware Free

BurnAware Free

Key features:

1. Open-source and free of charge.

2. Make an ISO or DVD folder from a DVD.

3. Work on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP.

4. Pack a wide range of tools.

How to copy a DVD on Windows

Step 1: Put the DVD into your computer and open the free DVD copy software.

Step 2: Select Copy to ISO from the home interface, and then select the disc drive from the dropdown list.

Step 3: Hit Browse button and select a folder to save the ISO file.

Step 4: Click Copy and wait for copying DVD to Windows 7 to complete.

Top 2: 123 Copy DVD Platinum

123 Copy DVD Platinum

Key features:

1. Copy and backup DVDs and Blu-ray to computer.

2. Transfer DVD videos to mobile devices.

3. Burn ISO image to a blank DVD.

4. Rip movies from commercial DVDs.

How to copy a DVD to hard drive in ISO image

Step 1: Open the DVD copying software for Windows 10 and it will detect the disc in your DVD drive.

Step 2: Go to the Video tab and select Copy a DVD Video under the Copy section.

Top 3: ImgBurn


Key features:

1. Copy ISO image from DVD to hard drive.

2. Create image file from folders for writing on DVDs.

3. Burn ISO image to optical disc.

4. Free to use.

How to make a copy of DVD for free

Step 1: Start the best free DVD copy software and select Create image file from disc.

Step 2: Select your DVD from the Source dropdown list after inserting it into your computer.

Step 3: Set the Destination by hitting the Folder icon and hit the Copy button.

Note: It cannot copy protected DVD to hard drive.

Part 3: How to copy a DVD on Mac

There are many useful applications on Mac computers, such as Disk Utility. We show you the best ways to copy a DVD on Mac below.

Top 1: Disk Utility

Disk Utility

Key features:

1. Copy DVDs to Mac in image files without installing anything.

2. Support a wide range of optical disc types.

3. Work well with Apple's Super Drive.

4. Mount DVD images simply.

How to copy a DVD to Mac

Step 1: Put the disc into your computer and the Disk Utility should open automatically.

Step 2: Go to File -> New -> Disk Image from [device] and select DVD/CD master as the format.

Step 3: Then you will get a CDR file, which is the DVD image file format on Mac.

Top 2: VLC


Key features:

1. Copy movies from DVD to Mac.

2. Support DVD-5, DVD-9 and other discs.

3. Compatible with the latest Mac OS.

4. Remove encryption from protected DVDs.

How to copy a protected DVD on Mac

Step 1: Open the free DVD copy software for Mac and insert your DVD into Super Drive.

Step 2: Go to File -> Open Disc. Then tick the checkbox of Streaming/Saving on the settings window.

Step 3: Hit Settings button and check the File box. Then click Browse and select a location to save DVD file.

Step 4: Click Save button, check Encapsulation Method and select QuickTime from the dropdown menu.

Step 5: Press OK and then OK to start copying protected DVD video on Mac.


Based on the sharing, you should grasp at least 6 ways to copy a DVD to Windows 10/8/7 or Mac OS X/11/12. You can pick your favorite tool and follow our guide to get what you want.

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