As you probably already know, ripping a DVD simply means to copy its contents into your personal computer's hard drive or onto another DVD. Some prefer to do this to keep a back-up copy for really rare materials, while others simply want the added freedom to watch a legitimately bought DVD from their personal computers.
1. Ensure that your personal computer can accommodate the extra load.
Make sure your personal computer has sufficient hard disk space for movie files. Typically, DVDs contain up to 8 GB of data.
2. Look for DVD Decypter on the Web.
DVD Decrypter is a software application that can be downloaded for free on the World Wide Web. Simply type the name into the input field of any web search engine and navigate to any of the listed results. Just make sure the site can be trusted. Also subject the program to a virus scan after downloading it into your computer.
3. Install the DVD Decrypter correctly.
Follow the step-by-step instructions provided to ensure the correct set up of DVD Decrypter. If you will be using the program often, then it might be a good idea to create a shortcut on your personal computer's desktop for easier access.
4. Insert the DVD to be copied into your personal computer's optical drive.
Once the DVD Decrypter is installed, you may now choose a DVD you want ripped and kept on your PC's hard drive. Insert this DVD into the optical drive. The optical drive has to be at least a DVD-ROM. CD-ROM drives cannot play DVD discs.
5. Open the DVD Decrypter software application.
Once your choice of DVD is in the DVD-ROM, you now have to run DVD Decrypter. Inside the program you will be asked to input your optical drive. Make sure that you choose the right one. Remember that hard drives and optical drives are similarly designated with letters, C:, D:, E:, etc.
6. Set the right destination of the file.
Once you click on the Destination option, you will be prompted to choose which folder the data from the DVD will be copied into. It would be a good idea to create a specific folder beforehand.
7. Begin the ripping process.
Click on the icon that says Start. Ripping a DVD will typically take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes depending on your DVD drive's speed. While copying is going on, you might want to stop running heavy programs that use up a lot of your system's resources to keep the copying smooth and error free.
Ripping a legally purchased DVD for personal use is acceptable so long as you do not distribute the unencrypted content. However, as countries have different rules on this matter, then it might be a good idea to do some reading about your country's copyright laws.