How to Copy & Burn a DVD on a MacBook

By Andrew Mikael

Although MacBooks come equipped with only a single disc drive, included tools in OSX allow you to copy a DVD disc by creating a disk image. This image rests on the MacBook's hard drive and burns to a disc like any other file, creating a DVD playable on computers as well as standard DVD players. The process uses Disk Utility, a program that comes pre-installed on OSX. You can use the same process to copy other media, including any hard drives connected to the system.

Copy a DVD Disc

Step 1

Insert a DVD into the disc drive of the MacBook. Wait for the system to recognize the disc and place a DVD icon on the desktop.

Step 2

Open the Disk Utility software located inside the Utilities section of the Applications folder (see 1st reference).

Step 3

Select the DVD disc from the list of connected drives and inserted media in the left frame.

Step 4

Click the "New Image" button in the top bracket. Enter a location and name for the disk image and click "Save" (see Reference 2). Note that DVD discs can take up several gigabytes of hard drive space, so select a drive with adequate space as the destination.

Burn a New DVD

Step 1

Insert a blank DVD disc into the MacBook's disc drive.

Step 2

Reopen Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.

Step 3

Select the newly created DVD disk image file and click the "Burn" button.

Step 4

Select burn speed and other options and click "Burn" to start the process. Wait for the burn to finish, indicated by a "Burned Successfully" message. Do not interrupt the process, or the DVD disc may be rendered unusable.