How to Save a DVD on a Computer Then Burn it to a Blank DVD

By Tammy Clevenger

DVDs will hold a considerable amount of data. Occasionally, users will need to copy the contents of a DVD onto another DVD. The DVD is first compressed into an ISO image file and then saved to the hard drive using a CD/DVD burning utility program. Popular CD/DVD burning applications include Nero Burning ROM, Alcohol-Soft's Alcohol 120%, and Roxio Easy Media Creator.

Things You'll Need

  • CD/DVD burning software installed
  • DVD burner
  • Blank DVD
  • DVD to be copied

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button and select the CD/DVD burning application from the Programs list.

Step 2

Click the "New" button on the top navigation bar of the burning application, and select "New DVD ROM (ISO)" from the selection list.

Step 3

Click the "CD/DVD Recording Device" drop-down box on the top navigation bar and select "Image Recorder."

Step 4

Insert the DVD to be copied into the CD/DVD drive. Allow the computer to find and list the drive within the burning application.

Step 5

Drag and drop the contents of the DVD in the drive into the "New Compilation" pane.

Step 6

Click the "Burn" button. A File Save dialog box will appear.

Step 7

Type a name for the new image file and select "ISO Image File (.iso) from the "Save as File Type" input box.

Step 8

Navigate within the File and Save window to the location where the ISO file will be saved.

Step 9

Click "Burn." The contents of the DVD are compressed and saved as one image (ISO) file in the specified location.

Step 10

Remove the first DVD from the CD/DVD drive and insert the blank DVD.

Step 11

Click "New" from the top navigation bar of the burning application.

Step 12

Select "DVD ROM (ISO)" from the "New Compilation" options.

Step 13

Click the "Open" button and navigate to the ISO file created from the first DVD. Click on the ISO file to load into the burning utility.

Step 14

Click the "CD/DVD Recording Device" drop-down box and select the CD/DVD drive.

Step 15

Click the "Burn" button. The utility will burn the ISO image to the blank DVD.

Step 16

Test the second DVD in a compatible player.