Making copies of your DVDs is a very prudent and reasonable thing to do. For example, you may prolong the life of older DVDs by copying them to new discs so that you can share them with friends and family or just store them somewhere safe.
Nowadays, thanks to modern technology, making copies of your DVDs is easier than ever. In fact, if you have a computer along with a couple more things, you have a DVD copy station in your home.
What you will need to copy DVD to DVD
To make copies of DVD to DVD, you will need:
- A computer with Windows 10 or 7 installed. Both Windows 7 and 10 have a built-in DVD copy feature. For Win 10 it is a native feature, meaning that no special is required, whereas for Windows 7 it is via an app called Windows DVD Maker.
- An extra external DVD drive that can burn discs. Having two DVD drives would be ideal and speed up the process considerably as you could use one drive to read the source and the second to burn the new DVD.
- Empty DVDs for burning and the source DVD. Those can be either DVD-R/RW and DVD-5 or 9 in terms of capacity. The choice you make should depend on the size of the source DVD.
Making copies of your DVDs with Windows 10 is pretty easy.
Step 1: Copy the contents of the DVD into your Computer.
- Place the source DVD into your DVD-R drive and copy its contents to a folder on your computer.
Step 2: Copy the contents in another DVD.
- Place an empty DVD in your disc tray.
- As soon as Windows loads it, select the “Burn files to disc” option.
- This will open up another window where you can drag and drop the files you copied previously.
- Once you are done, go to the “manage” tab and click on “Finish Burning”.
Windows 10 will then burn the earmarked files into the inserted DVD.
Windows 7 users will find that their OS has a specialized app to copy DVDs with. Here is how to use it. For Windows 7, you will need two drives, one for the source and the other to burn discs with.
Step 1: Create your DVD preset
- Open Windows DVD Maker.
- Insert both the source and empty disc.
- On the main screen click on “choose photos and videos” and select the files you want to copy from the source DVD.
Step 2: Add embellishments and burn your DVD
- Click on “options” to add menus and other cosmetic artifacts.
- Click on the “Burn” button to start the burning process.
Windows 7 DVD Maker will do the rest.
There is one major issue with both above options. Neither can copy content from copy-protected DVDs. Copy-protected DVDs are those that have a DRM system that prevents their contents from being copied.
If you want to make copies of a DVD with a DRM system on it, you will need a specialized DVD cloner, a tool that can bypass the DRM systems on DVDs and copy the contents onto other DVDs.
And we have the perfect choice for you; Tipard DVD Cloner.
Tipard DVD Cloner
Tipard is a great no-nonsense cloner that can copy from any source and create top-quality DVDs consistently.
- Clone from any source Disc/folder/ISO.
- Choose exactly how much of the original disc you want to copy through the 3 copy modes “Full Copy”, “Main Movie”, ”Customise”.
- Bypass any DRM system.
- Copy to and from any DVD type (DVD-R/RW DVD5 and 9.
- Add audio and subtitle tracks.
- Enjoy copies with full video and audio quality as Tipard supports resolutions of up to 4K.
- Enjoy a user-friendly UI that you can master in minutes.
- Make 100% exact copies of any DVD.
Step 1: Download Tipard DVD Cloner from the buttons below
Step 2: Boot and set up your DVD for cloning
- Insert the source disc. (You may also insert the target disc if you have two disc drives available)
- Launch Tipard and agree to have it check for DVDs automatically when prompted.
- Alternatively, after inserting your source DVD into your computer, go to Tipard’s main interface and select “File” > “Select Source” and pick your source. If you don’t do that, you may choose the source from the “source” option.
- Choose what clips will make it to the final cut from the three options in the middle of the interface; “Full Copy” for a complete copy of the DVD, “Main Movie” to copy only the movie without the extra scenes and menus, ”Customise” to select exactly the clips you want.
- Select the “Disc” option at the “target” drop-down menu. (you need to insert a blank disc in advance. Otherwise, choose the ISO or folder to copy the DVD to PC first.)
- Name your DVD at the “Volume” box.
- Choose the appropriate DVD size from the “Target Size” menu. (DVD5 has a capacity of up to 4.35GB and DVD9 is 7.95GB)
- Click on “Next”.
Step 3: Further Prepare and copy your DVD
- At the “Options” tab you may choose whether you want to remove the original DVD’s menu by selecting the “Remove Menu” option. If you decide to keep it, “Skip Menu” will skip directly to the movie.
- Select the “Remove region code protection” option if you want your duplicate DVDs to play on any device and/or region.
- You can decide whether you want your computer to perform any action like shutting down after Tipard is done via the “Action after burning” option. Select the specific action at the “Action” drop-down menu.
- Click on “Start” to begin the process.
Tipard will do the rest.
When the process is over, you may remove the freshly copied DVD and enjoy it on any device that has DVD streaming capabilities.
Having a computer with windows 10 or 7 is usually more than enough to start making copies of your own DVDs. However, there are certain limitations the native DVD cloners have, like the lack of DRM-removal software. In these cases, you need a professional DVD Cloner like Tipard DVD Cloner.