How to Full Copy a DVD Disc to Hard Drive keeping Original Structure

The articles tells how to back up DVD to hard drive with original file structure (Video_TS) by hacking DVD copy protections so that you can make a 1:1 copy of DVD.


There are two ways to backup a DVD disc. One is to backup DVD in other formats, such as  H.264MKVQuickTime, MOVH.265(HEVC), etc. The other one is to backup DVD in original formats. Here we aim to full copy a DVD disc to Hard Drive keeping original structure.

For Homemade or Unencrypted DVD

It is quite easy to copy a DVD disc with original structure, we just give the simply steps, or you have already know how to copy, please jump to “how to copy commerical or encrypted DVD

Put the DVD disc you want to copy in the DVD drive on you PC or Mac. Open the DVD contents using the file manager, such as Windows Explorer, and copy the VIDEO_TS folder to a location on your hard drive.

For Commerial or Encrypted DVD

In DVD, select the VIDEO_TS folder you copied to your hard drive in the first step. You’ll receive a prompt notifying you of the restrictions that will be removed. That is the protection of Commerial or Encrypted DVD, the truth is almost all the latest DVD releases, published by no matter Disney or Warner, are encrypted, and not all people are clear about DVD copyright protection.

Detailed DVD Copy Protection Types

2016 Disney New DVD Copy Protection It is probably the most complicated DVD copyright protection schemes used by Disney. Generally, the DVD encoded with Disney new copyright protection comes with 99 titles that many software fails to select the right one.

And newer DVDs appear in an oversized way, up to 50GB, making it impossible to make a backup of it. Worse still, the Disney new copy protection scheme may lead to crash halfway when ripping Disney protected DVDs with Handbrake.

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2016 The Analog Protection System (APS) Another DVD copyright protection system originally developed by Macrovision. Videos copied from DVDs encoded with APS become garbled and unwatchable.
2016 Sony ARccOS DVD protection A copy-protection system used on most Sony DVDs. The system deliberately creates corrupted sectors on the DVD, which leads copying software to produce errors.
2016 Content Scramble System (CSS) Encryption An encryption system capitalizes on a proprietary 40-bit stream cipher algorithm, which was introduced to stop byte-for-byte copies of an MPEG (digital video) stream from being playable.

This DVD copyright protection measure has been superseded by newer DRM scheme like CPRM that has 56-bit or 128-bit key sizes, providing a much higher level of security than the weak 40-bit key size of CSS. And you will need a program to rip a CSS protected DVD.

2016 DVD Region Code This is achieved by way of region-locked DVD players, which will play back only DVDs encoded to their region.

However, region-free DVD players, which ignore region coding, are also commercially available, and many DVD players can be modified to be region-free, allowing playback of all discs.

2016 User operation prohibition (UOP) A form of use restriction on DVD discs. The viewers are prohibited from performing a large majority of actions on a DVD that is restricted by this scheme.

Generally, copyright notices and FBI warning (in the United States) will be displayed if any of these actions are attempted. Some publishers also encode “protected” commercials on their DVDs.

How to Remove Copy Protection from DVD Easily?

Technically, DVD ripping programs are widely available. If you tried to search key words such as “remove copy protection from dvd” and found out tens of thousands of different results, and you really don’t know which one could remove copy protection effectively, you’ll be glad that you are now at the right place here.

Brorsoft DVD Ripper is an easy-to-use program, which just needs several clicks to complete the full disc copying. With it, you can copy the latest commercial DVD to hard drive keeping exactly the original file structure without anything changed. Besides, applying the DVD ripping software, all commercial protected DVD movies can be ripped to nearly all popular video and audio formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, WMV, AAC, MP3 as you need for playback on different media devices.

Download and install Brorsoft DVD Ripper or Blu-ray Ripper on your Windows (10) PC. Follow the tutorial to remove copy protection and full copy DVD with origianl structures step-by-step. For Mac users, please switch to Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac or Blu-ray Ripper for Mac (compatible with macOS Sierra, turn to best DVD Ripper for macOS Sierra).

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Part I. How to make lossless DVD copy with original structure

Step 1: Insert DVD disc to your DVD drive, and run the excellent DVD Copy software. Click the DVD disc button to load your DVD. The DVD titles and chapters will be listed on the program within a few seconds.


Step 2: Click “Browse” button to select a destination folder for the output files.

Step 3: Click quick button “Copy the entire disc” to starts copying the DVD disc to hard drive maintaining the original structure.

As soon as the copying task finished, you can click “Open” button to get the output videos. The backed up DVD movie is usually saved as a directory file structure within which there are VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folder. The VIDEO_TS folder contains main movies (.vob) and lots of system files (.ifo and .bup).


Tip: If you just wanna do movie only copy, you can choose “Copy” > “Directly Copy” from the Format menu to copy the . vob files only. After that, do remember clicking “Convert” button to do Movie-only copy. When the copying work is done, you are able to click “Open” button to get the output .vob files without any other extra contents.


Part II. How to play backed up DVD movies

VLC Media Player is one of the universal players that support DVD menu (DVD navigation) and video streaming to lots of other devices. It is available for both Windows and Mac.

While, if you wanna transfer and play DVD copy on portable devices like Galaxy Tab, iPad, Nexus 7, Galaxy S4, etc, you need to further convert the backed up DVD movies. Drag and drop the DVD directory to Brorsoft DVD Ripper again and convert the movie to popular video formats MP4, WMV, AVI, MKV, etc as you need.


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