How to Copy DVD to Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

How to Copy DVD to Mac

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of copying a DVD to your Mac. Whether you want to preserve your favorite movies or create backups of important data, the steps outlined below will help you achieve this task.

Step 1: Prepare Your Mac

Before we begin, make sure you have a DVD drive connected to your Mac. If your Mac doesn’t have an internal DVD drive, you can use an external DVD drive that connects via USB.

Step 2: Install DVD Copying Software

To copy a DVD on your Mac, you will need specialized software. There are several options available, such as RipIt, MacX DVD Ripper Pro, and HandBrake. Choose the one that suits your needs and follow the installation instructions provided by the software developer.

Step 3: Launch the DVD Copying Software

Once the software is installed, launch it on your Mac. You should see a user-friendly interface with various options for copying DVDs.


If you are using HandBrake, it’s important to mention that it is primarily a video transcoder and not solely dedicated to copying DVDs. However, it can still be used effectively for this purpose.

Step 4: Insert the DVD

Carefully insert the DVD you want to copy into your Mac’s DVD drive. The software should automatically detect the presence of a disc.


If the software fails to recognize the inserted disc, try ejecting and re-inserting it or check if there are any issues with the DVD drive.

Step 5: Select Source and Destination

Next, you need to specify the source DVD and the destination folder where the copied files will be saved. This can usually be done by clicking on the appropriate buttons or menus within the software.


Some DVD copying software may offer additional options, such as selecting specific chapters or audio tracks to copy. Explore these options if you want more control over the copying process.

Step 6: Start the Copying Process

Once you have configured the source and destination settings, it’s time to start copying the DVD. Look for a “Start” or similar button within the software’s interface and click on it to initiate the copying process.


The time taken to copy a DVD may vary depending on factors such as your Mac’s processing power, DVD size, and speed of your DVD drive.

Step 7: Verify and Enjoy

After completion, take a moment to verify that the copied files are intact and playable on your Mac. Open your preferred media player and browse to the destination folder where you saved the copied files.

  • If you copied a movie DVD, play it in your media player of choice to ensure everything is working correctly.
  • If you copied a data DVD, open some of the files from within their respective applications (e.g., documents in Word or Excel).

Congratulations! You have successfully copied a DVD to your Mac. Remember to safely eject your original disc from the DVD drive when you’re done.


  • Create backups: Make it a habit of creating backups of your DVDs to protect them from damage or loss.
  • Organize your copied files: Store your copied DVD files in a well-organized folder structure to easily locate them in the future.

We hope this tutorial has helped you in learning how to copy DVDs to your Mac. Now you can enjoy your favorite movies or keep important data safe with ease!

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