For everyone who has a DVD collection, I would suggest them to back it up. The reason for that is simple, DVD discs are fragile. No matter how careful you are when handling them, you will still find scratches on them after a certain period of time. So back them up and when they fails, use the backup to create a new disc. You might argue that most DVDs have protections on them. There are programs that can get rip of the protection and create a protection-free copy. If you want to copy your protected DVDs, there’s a nice program for you. And you can create an ISO image from your DVD as a backup which can be later burnt to a blank disc using certain programs. Check out this post to see how to copy protected DVD to ISO.

Best program to copy protected DVD to ISO

To create ISO from DVD that has protection on it, you will need a program that’s capable of decrypting and removing the protection. And Leawo DVD Copy is able to do that. And there are more things this program’s capable of. It can perform 1:1 lossless DVD backup. You can use it to copy protected DVD to ISO losslessly. And then when you use the ISO backup to create a new disc, it would be exactly the same as the original one. It can also compress DVD-9 to DVD-5 if you need. The detailed guide on using the program to copy protected DVD to ISO is shown below.


How to copy protected DVD to ISO

Step 1. Launch Leawo DVD Copy

Leawo DVD Copy isn’t an independant program but a module inside a software package called Leawo Prof.Media. It’s a suite that the company uses to pack its featured products. So open Prof.Media and you will find DVD Copy and 7 other modules on it. Click on the DVD Copy shortcut to load DVD copy.

Load DVD Copy

Step 2. Import DVD Content

Enter the DVD disc into your disc drive and then load the disc to the program. There’s the Add Blu-ray/DVD button you can use to add disc content to the program, just click on Add Blu-ray/DVD>Add from CD-ROM and select your disc on the menu that follows. Or you may see a sign in the center when you enter the DVD Copy interface. It shows that direct drag and drop is allowed, which means you can open the DVD folder in File Explorer and drag the folder and drop it to the program to add the disc to the program.

Import DVD content

Step 3. Select Copy Mode

You will need to select a copy mode for copying the disc. Different copy modes will have different content in the disc included in the copy. Full Movie will include all the content in the disc. It’s the copy mode for full disc backup. Main Movie is for those who only needs the main movie. Custom Mode allows for manual selection of contents including videos, audio tracks and subtitles in the disc to include in the backup. The window on the right is the video player that you can use to play the videos in the disc. You can use it to play videos when you are not sure which video is the one you want.

Select Copy Mode

Step 4. Start Copying

Right above the top right corner of the video player there’s a Copy button. Click on this button and a sidebar would come up from the right side of the video player. To copy the protected DVD to ISO, check the ISO File option at the top of the sidebar. And then set the location of the ISO file in the box under Save to. And you can start the DVD copy process by clicking the Copy button at the bottom.

Start Copying

You can find the ISO file after the process is finished in the location you set. As the file is lossless and Leawo DVD Copy also supports burning ISO image to blank discs, you can later use the program and the ISO backup to create a new disc that’s exactly the same as the original one.

Program you can use to recover damaged data on your DVD disc

If you have a damaged disc, try using CD Recovery Toolbox to recover the damaged data on it. CD Recovery Toolbox is a free CD/DVD/HD DVD/Blu-ray data recovery program which has been proven effective in recovering data from the said discs by many users. There’s a decent chance you will be able to get the damaged data recovered with it.

CD Recovery Toolbox