How to Copy DVDs to External Hard Drives and Export Favorite DVD Scenes?

Monica Pavtube

Aug 05, 2014 07:22 am / Posted by Monica Pavtube

If you got an expansive collection of DVDs, the big problem you have to face is how to handle them properly? As the storage space of your PC or physical disc is limited, and sometimes you may lose one or several pieces of DVDs due to carelessness, what is the best way to make a bookshelf of DVDs fit in your palm?

backup dvd to external hard drive

An external hard drive is a must to backup your data! External hard drives like Western Digital My Passport, Seagate FreeAgent Desk, and Apple Airport Time Capsule are great choices for you to backup and store all of your media (e.g. DVDs, music) for easier access. The best software to copy and backup DVDs to an external hard drive is a DVD to hard drive converter, and Pavtube DVDAid is able to remove DVD copy protection and convert DVDs to popular video formats such as MOV, and MP4 for safe storage and free access. In addition to storing whole data of a DVD, Pavtube DVDAid also allows you to export your favorite DVD movie scenes.

How to copy DVDs to external hard drives and export favorite DVD scenes?

Step 1. Load DVD

Run DVD to hard drive converter, and load DVD by clicking “File” on the menu bar or the file icon right below it to import DVD movie.

load dvd for external hard drive

Step 2. Choose the best video format

Click the format bar to follow “HD Video” > “H.264 HD Video (*mov).” Before selected the video format, please make sure that the device on which you want to play the converted DVD stored on the external hard drive fully supports the video format you choose.

choose best format for hard drive

Step 3. Export favorite DVD scene

Click “Edit” or the pencil icon below it to go to the editing interface where you’re allowed to cut and save your favorite DVD scene. You can also cut off black edges or unwanted areas to fit your playback device by cropping, adding watermarks, inserting subtitles, adding video effect, etc.

export favorite dvd scene

Step 4. Convert DVD to external hard drive

Click the red button “Convert” on the main UI to start conversion from DVD to an external hard drive. You can check the box “Shut down computer after conversion” to handle other business.

Step 5. Watch the converted DVD stored in external hard drive

After completing conversion from DVD to your external hard drive, connect the external hard drive to you Windows computer, Apple Mac, or HDTV to view the converted DVD movies with ease. Please note that the video formats of the converted DVD movies stored on your external hard drive shall be well supported by the device on which you’re ready to play videos.

In addition to converting DVDs to external hard drive, you can also watch DVDs on mobile devices.


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