“Does anyone know how to copy DVD to a laptop? I’ve got a bunch of DVDs that I’d like to back up and I use a laptop running Windows 8. Any help would be appreciated.”

“How do I transfer a DVD to my laptop?” This is a question that many people have been asking. Getting DVDs copied and backed up is a necessary, especially for people who have collected a certain amount of DVDs at home and tend to handle them carelessly. If you’ve been watching movies via physical media, you should be no stranger to a scratched DVD disc. The reflective surface of the DVD disc which the laser reads from is extremely fragile. Since all the DVD data are stored on this side, any kind of damage, no matter how small, could have a negative effect on the playback of the movie. It’s not easy to keep DVDs in good condition, and that’s why DVD backups are strongly recommended. With a backup, you can have something to fall back on when the original disc is damaged by accident or rendered unusable after years of accumulation of scratches.

Finding a program for the job is what really stops people from copying their DVD collections as most of them are not familiar with such kind of program. In fact, there are more DVD copying programs than you’d think that you can use to copy DVDs. And most of them are compatible with Windows 8 so you shouldn’t find any problem using them for DVD backup. Below I will show you what software you need for the job and how to transfer DVD to laptop with it.

What you need to prepare before copying your DVD collection

There are actually more things needed than just the DVD copy software to get a DVD copied to your Windows 8 laptop. If you want to get your DVD collection copied quickly, you should get the necessary materials prepared in advance.

To back up your DVD to your laptop, you need to make sure:

  • 1. You have a DVD drive in your laptop or an external DVD drive at your disposal.
  • 2. There’s enough space on your hard drive for the backup.
  • 3. The DVD copying software is ready.

The Best DVD copying software to copy DVD to Windows 8 laptop and how to use it

The choices for DVD copy software are abundant so it’s not that easy to make a decision. For me, I would go for Leawo DVD Copy. It’s an extremely high quality piece of DVD copy software capable of 1:1 lossless DVD copying. You can use it to copy the DVD disc to your hard drive as a folder or an ISO file or directly to another blank DVD disc.

DVD Copy

Leawo DVD Copy 

☉ Supports ripping DVD to lossless MKV.
☉ Supports ripping DVD to play on mobile handsets.
☉ Fast conversion.

If you’ve never used a program like this before, below is a detailed guide that shows you how to use it to copy DVDs to your laptop running Windows 8. Follow the instructions step by step and you should be able to get your DVDs backed up to your laptop with no problem.

Step 1. Launch Prof.Media on your computer. Prof.Media is the software package the company uses to pack several different modules together. You can find the shortcut icon to Leawo DVD Copy on its interface. Hit the DVD Copy icon to open it.

Launch DVD Copy

Step 2. Manually add the media files in the DVD disc to the program by dragging the DVD folder from a Windows File Explorer window, or going to Add Blu-ray/DVD>Add from CD-ROM>[the name of your disc].

Launch DVD content

Step 3. The following panel contains several different sections. On the left sidebar are the video title list, audio track list, subtitles list, 3 copy mode buttons and the disc format drop-down menu. On the right is the video preview window that you can use to play the videos from the video list on the left. The most important thing to do in this step is to pick a copy mode from the provided 3 modes. Seeing that you might not need all the media files to be included in the copy, you can select different modes to copy different content. Full Movie will include all videos, audio tracks and subtitles. Main Movie automatically selects the main movie, one audio track and one set of subtitles. Custom Mode is for manual selection of the said contents from the respective lists. After selecting a copy mode, click the disc format drop-down menu and select a format from it.

Choose Copy Mode

Note: You can perform DVD-9 to DVD-5 compression or DVD-9 to DVD-9 lossless copying by choosing different formats from the disc format drop-down menu.

Step 4. Hit the Copy button in the upper-right. On the sidebar that follows, you can check DVD folder option to copy the DVD folder to your laptop or check ISO file option to extract ISO file to your laptop. And then set an output path for the copy from the output path box below. To start copying, click the Copy button at the bottom.

Start copying

That’s how to copy DVD to laptop Windows 8 users could try. If you don’t know how to copy movies from DVD to laptop, this post would be able to help. You can learn how to transfer DVD to laptop from it with detailed instructions.

Check out the video guide of Leawo DVD Copy here:

At some point, you will notice that there are scratches all over your DVD discs. If you find any playback issues with the DVD disc, try using CD Recovery Toolbox to recover the damaged data from the disc on your computer. It’s a nice and useful piece of DVD data recovery software that’s been proven to be effective in recovering data from CD/DVD/Blu-ray.

CD Recovery Toolbox

How to copy the DVD movie to your laptop as a video file

With Leawo DVD Copy, you can have your DVDs copied to your laptop and make a new copy anytime you want. But it’s not as convenient as having the DVD converted into a video file. If you convert the DVD to a video file, it will take up less storage space and allow you to watch the DVD movie on your computer or other devices like on your phone easily. So here’s another way of copying DVDs to your laptop and it is having the DVD movie ripped and saved to your laptop.

There’s another program from Leawo that’s perfect for the job. Leawo DVD Ripper is developed specifically for users to rip DVDs. It offers a certain amount of video and audio formats for you to choose from. You can go with a common and universal format like MP4 or a high quality profile like lossless MKV. It can rip normal unprotected DVDs as well as commercial DVDs with copy protection and region codes. Here’s how to use it.


Note: Like Leawo DVD Copy, DVD Ripper is one of the modules inside Leawo Prof.Media. So if you’ve had Prof.Media installed on your computer, you can directly activate and use the DVD Ripper module inside it.

Step 1. Kick off Leawo Prof.Media and find the DVD Ripper button. Click on it to open the DVD Ripper module.

Open DVD Ripper

Step 2. Put the DVD disc you want to back up in your DVD drive and give the program and computer a few seconds to detect the disc. And then click the Add Blu-ray/DVD button from the upper-left corner. When a drop-down menu appears, choose Add from CD-ROM and click the new option that follows to load the DVD data to DVD Ripper.

Load source data

Step 3. Choose videos from the following list to rip. The video title list on the left includes all the videos in the DVD and you can use the 3 buttons above the list to quickly choose the videos you need. The Full Movie button helps you choose all the videos. The Main Movie button helps you pick out the main movie from the list for ripping. And Custom Mode allows you to select multiple videos from the list by yourself. Click the OK button after choosing the videos you need and the program will list the chosen videos on a new list.

Select videos

Step 4. There’s a format button on top of the video list that tells you what format is currently being set as default. By default it’s “MP4 Video” you will see on the Format button. Click on it and click Change to open the Format list and pick a new format if you want. The default MP4 format is a good choice if you plan on watching the DVD movie on mobile devices. Or to have the best quality, you can choose Multi-track MKV under the Format>Lossless Video tag to convert the DVD movie to a lossless MKV video.

Set output format

Step 5. Click the Convert button next to the Format button and a new panel will appear. On it you can set the location of the output video on the top. If you are okay with the output directory, click the Convert button at the bottom to start ripping the DVD movie.

Start ripping

Here’s a detailed video guide that shows you how Leawo DVD Ripper works.

MP4 is a great choice for converting the DVD movie into as it allows you to play DVD movies on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and a lot of other handsets. It’s one of the most universal video formats you can find.