I am going on a long trip soon, and would like to be able to watch my movies on my laptop while I am gone. How do I go about putting my DVD's on my hard drive so that I can watch them with Windows Media Player?
Ripping DVDs to hard drive means two things: ripping DVDs on computer and saving on the internal hard drive of computer for direct use (playback, edit, share, etc.); ripping DVDs to an external hard drive for storage and it can be connected to other devices for the purpose of playback and so on. It is always trendier for the following reasons:
1. Either HDD or external hard drive has a giant storage, 16TB maximally (by Samsung's 2.5-inch solid state drive). It is a good way to save DVD movies.
2. Digitalized files can be better stored, classified and found. They will never get scratched, aged and damaged. Best of all, the playback is much much more flexible, not limited to the DVD player.
3. Microsoft Windows 10 OS does not include Windows Media Center any longer. That means no native DVD playing feature is available on a PC running Windows 10 or later version unless you have a third-party DVD player app for Windows 10.
How to rip DVDs to hard drive for free? How to rip DVDs to Windows 7/8 or Windows 10 computer? The following text will give you the answers.
Generally, we say rip DVDs to hard drive, not copy DVDs to hard drive. Why? Almost all DVD movies are encrypted with CSS copy protection. Decryption keys are stored in the normally inaccessible lead-in area of the disc. You'll usually get an error if you try to copy the contents of an encrypted DVD to a hard drive. However, if you have used a software player to play the movie, it will have authenticated the disc in the drive, allowing you to copy without error, while the encryption keys will not be copied. If you try to play the copied VOB files, the decoder will request the keys from the DVD-ROM drive and you will fail to copy with an error message "Cannot play copy-protected files". So you need a professional yet free DVD to hard drive ripper.
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Now that we cannot directly copy DVDs to hard drive, using DVD rip software is the best way to put DVDs to computer. Then we need to think about the question raised at the beginning of this article - how to rip DVDs to hard drive with DVD ripping software? Here we'd like to take WinX Free DVD Ripper for example to introduce the steps.
WinX DVD Ripper is free DVD ripping software that facilitates ripping the content of a DVD to computer hard drive and converting to other popular video formats, such as rip DVD to MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, MOV, MPEG1/2, etc. for external hard drive, USB, Thumb drive, MicroSD card and the like.
It offers powerful yet easy-to-use functions, excellent video/audio quality, and fast ripping speed. This free DVD ripping software also has the ability to decrypt DVDs, remove copy preventions, and make disks unrestricted and region-free.
* Free download and install WinX DVD Ripper
* Insert a DVD to be ripped into your PC's DVD drive.
WinX DVD Ripper is totally free to download and use. No watermark. No time limits. No functions reserved. Because of the tiny size, it is very fast to launch. And since many DVDs contain 6-8 GB of files, you must ensure that the hard drive has sufficient free space to store the DVD before ripping.
Step 1. Run WinX DVD Ripper and load DVD by clicking "DVD Disc" button.
Step 2. Choose the output video format for hard drive.
After loading DVD, the DVD's information, such as title, subtitle, duration, output etc., will be shown in the file list. There are many output video formats for you to choose, like "to MP4", "to MPEG", "to WMV", "to FLV", "to MOV", "to Music" etc. for the hard drive on computer or mounted externally, depending on the use of the files. After all, you can play any output video formats on Windows or Mac by using a free media player app.
Step 3. Select the Destination Folder on hard drive.
Click "Browse" button in output setting area, select a destination folder in the dialog box that opens, and then click OK.
Step 4. Click "Start" icon to begin the ripping. (You will be updated on the progress).
From above, you may find that with this free DVD ripping software, it would be a piece of cake to rip and copy DVDs to hard drive. After the fast DVD ripping process, you can transfer and watch the DVD video on whatever mobile devices, including Android, iOS and Windows based gadgets. But since most iOS users hate syncing video or other files using clunky iTunes, especially on Windows, WinX MediaTrans can provide a smarter way for file managing and transferring files on iOS. >> Check more iOS Andriod file transfer guides
Disclaimer: The software developer only advocates ripping DVDs to hard drive for personal use and suggests referring to DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so. Still have some trouble about how to rip DVD to hard drive with WinX DVD Ripper? Please feel free to Mail Us >>
WinX Free DVD Ripper can handle the copy protected DVDs with CSS encryption, region code, Sony ARccOS, UOPs, APS, RCE. But if you also need to fast rip DVDs with 99 titles - the new encryption method adopted by Disney, Paramount, Warner, 21st Century Fox and more DVD distributors, please try WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.
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