How to Make a Digital Copy of a DVD

By Michael Cantrell

DVDs are extremely sensitive discs, and even the slightest damage done to the disc can cause problems during playback. If you have an extensive DVD collection, you may want to consider creating backup discs of the movies in case your other discs become damaged or destroyed. Creating a digital copy of your DVD collection only takes the right equipment and just a little bit of your free time.

Things You'll Need

  • ComputerDVDsDVD-R discsDVD burning software

Step 1

Purchase and install DVD burning software on your computer. There are many good programs you can use to create copies of your favorite DVDs, but the top rated programs are Sonic and Nero burning software. These programs can also help you create copies of your music CDs and data discs.

Step 2

Open up your CD/DVD drive and place the DVD in the drive. Close the disc drive on your computer with your DVD inside.

Step 3

Go to the Start menu, click Programs and then double click on your DVD burning software program. This will open up the program and bring the program's main menu up on the screen.

Step 4

Click the Disc Copy option from the main menu. The program will automatically recognize that there is a disc in the disc drive. Click Copy and the program will copy the DVD to your computer.

Step 5

Remove the DVD you just copied to your computer from the disc drive and replace it with a DVD-R. You can purchase DVD-Rs at your local department store or at an electronics store.

Step 6

Close the disc drive. The burning software will immediately recognize that there is a blank DVD in the drive and will bring up an option to burn the copied DVD to the blank DVD. Click on Burn Copy. Once the disc is done burning, label the DVD and store it.