How to Copy DVDs Onto Your Computer for Dummies

By Charles Poole

Copying a DVD onto your computer is a good way to save the original DVD from wear and tear as well as giving you a backup copy of the DVD. Even though some DVD ripping programs claim to be very easy to use, they can be somewhat intimidating without advanced knowledge of the programs. But ripping DVDs to your computer is not that hard once you know what you're doing and have all the right tools handy.

Things You'll Need

  • DVD ripping software

Step 1

Download and install a DVD ripping program (see References for links). Double-click the link and click the "Download" link in the next window. Install the program by following the prompts.

Step 2

Double-click on the DVD ripping program's icon to launch it.

Step 3

Place the DVD you want to copy into your DVD drive.

Step 4

In your DVD ripping software, click on the "Open Disc" tab. This may be in the "File" tab on the top left side of the screen, or the tab may reside in the software window.

Step 5

Select your DVD from the list that pops up in the "Open Disc" menu. Click "OK" on the bottom of the window. The DVD ripping software will read your disc and analyze it.

Step 6

Click the "Quality" tab all the way to the right, setting it at 100 percent, so you get the best quality for your rip.

Step 7

Click on the "Destination" or "Output Folder" tab at the bottom of your screen and select "Desktop" so you have handy access to your ripped file.

Step 8

Click the "Rip" tab at the top of the screen. This may also be labeled "Read" or "Backup" depending on your software. Wait for the software to rip your DVD to your desktop.