How Do I Put DVDs on My Computer?

With the Handbrake application, which is available on both Mac and PC computers, you can rip DVDs to your computer's hard drive. Before transferring a DVD to your computer, make sure you are using a disk you already own, because otherwise you could be breaking the law. Once you have put a DVD on your hard drive, you can watch it on your computer or transfer it to a device like an iPod.

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Go to the Handbrake homepage (see Resources below) and download the latest version of the application.

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Install the Handbrake application and then use the Dock or Start menu to open it.

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Insert a DVD into your computer's disk drive.

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Click on the "Source" button at the top of the Handbrake window and double-click on the DVD you want to transfer.

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Click on the "Browse" button under the "Destination" settings and choose where to save the ripped DVD file.

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Click on the "Start" button at the top of the window to begin the transferring process. Ripping a DVD can take between one and two hours depending on the size of the disk.