How to Remove Copy Protection from a DVD with Freeware

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A DVD ripper is a program that will copy the contents of a DVD disc onto the user's hard drive. But is there a way to copy or rip a DVD that has been burned with copy protection? A DVD decrypter is a program designed to unscramble the encoding used to mak

A DVD ripper is a program that will copy the contents of a DVD disc onto the user's hard drive. But is there a way to copy or rip a DVD that has been burned with copy protection? A DVD decrypter is a program designed to unscramble the encoding used to make the DVD copy protected. The most efficient way to remove copy protection is to use a program that will both decrypt and rip the DVD.

DVDSmith Movie Backup

Download and install DVDSmith Movie Backup, a free DVD decryption and copying program. This program will copy the DVD disc to the computer's hard drive and remove the write protection. The program can then burn it back onto a blank recordable DVD disc.

Run DVDSmith and place the DVD disc into the DVD-ROM drive. Choose "Full Disc" to backup the entire contents of the DVD disc, or select "Main Movie" to only backup the main movie without any of the extras.

Click to select the proper drive letter of the DVD-ROM drive in the "Source Disc" drop down box. Select an output folder for the DVD disc to be copied to on the hard drive, and then click "Start Backup" to begin copying the DVD.

DVD Shrink

Download and install DVD Shrink, a free DVD ripper that will decrypt the DVD and remove any write protection. Insert the DVD disc into the computer's DVD-ROM drive.

Run DVD Shrink and select "Open Disc" from the upper menu. Select the DVD-ROM drive where the disc is and click on "OK."

Click on the "Full Disc" button to copy the entire disc, or click on the "Re-Author" button to have DVD Shrink compress the DVD disc so it will fit on a standard blank DVD recordable disc.

Click on "Backup" to begin the copying process. Select an area on the hard drive to copy the DVD disc to an image file. Click on the "OK" button to begin.

Free DVD Decrypter

Download and install DVD Video Soft's Free DVD Decrpyter. Insert the DVD disc into the computer's DVD-ROM drive.

Run Free DVD Decrypter select the DVD-ROM drive containing the DVD disc in the box labeled "Source DVD." Click the "Browse..." button to select an output folder.

Click the "Save to PC" button to begin decrypting the DVD disc and copying it to the hard drive.

External References and Resources

Segway Chatt: How to Decrypt and Copy DVD

DVDSmith: Remove Protection

DVD Shrink.org

Doom9: DVD Shrink Guide

DVD Video Soft: Free DVD Decrypter

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Posted on Jul 20, 2010