How to Copy DVDs in a MacBook


Your MacBook computer has one optical drive. Because of there is only one drive, you must save a disk image of the DVD to your computer to be able to burn a copy of the DVD onto a blank DVD. The Disk Utility application included with the Mac OS X operating system can save the disk image of a DVD and burn it to a blank DVD. This process will only work on DVDs without copyright protections. Copying protected DVDs is illegal.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank DVD
  • Insert the DVD you want to copy in your MacBook's optical drive.

  • Click on the "Go" menu in the finder and highlight "Utilities." Double-click on "Disk Utility."

  • Select the DVD drive from the menu on the left of the screen. Go to the "File" menu, highlight "New" and select "Disk Image from [your DVD]."

  • Enter a save name for the disk image and select a location for it. Set "Image Format" to "DVD/CD Master." Press "Save."

  • Eject the DVD after the disk image appears in the menu on the left side of the window. Insert a blank DVD.

  • Right-click on the disk image you made in Step 4 and select "Burn [Your DVD]." Click "Burn" in the pop-up window.

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