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

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.

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DVD copying is easy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Click “New” from the top navigation bar of the burning application.

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

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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.

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

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

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Test the second DVD in a compatible player.