How Do I Put DVDs on My Computer?

By Bennett Gavrish

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac or PC computer
  • DVD

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Insert a DVD into your computer's disk drive.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only put DVDs on your computer that you already own.

References & Resources