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Copying dvd movie to harddrive for viewing

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Can someone tell me how to save a dvd movie to my hard drive, so that I can go back later and watch it? I am wanting to save a couple of movies on my laptop, so that I may watch them while traveling. I am told that by saving to the hard drive, the battery will not run down as fast. I tried saving a movie, only to find that the computer could not find a program to run the fill. Is this just a matter of the format that I am saving the file in?
Any help would be appreciated!!!
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get AnyDVD as it will let ye back up ye movie to ye hard drive..meaning ye can copy the movie to ye hard drive with this program running in the back-ground..
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This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 27 Dec 2006 @ 8:56
I am currently using both AnyDVD and CloneDVD. I saved the file as an iso file to my harddrive, and could not playback.
save the movie file as a video_ts and use power dvd to view the movie

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 27 Dec 2006 @ 9:11
If you save as an ISO image file, you'll need to use software like Daemon Tools to mount the image as a virtual DVD. Any software player like Windows Media Player will see and play it as a normal DVD after mounting. Nero ImageDrive will also mount the image as a DVD if you have the Nero suite.

If you rip the DVD as a folder of video files instead of an ISO, many software players will play the folder just fine. WinDVD, Nero Showtime, and PowerDVD will all play from the folder.
You use AnyDVD to save as an ISO???? If you have AnyDVD, just open AnyDVD, pop your DVD disc into your DVD drive, go to Windows File Explorer, and drag the VIDEO_TS folder over to your hard drive. When you play it using Nero Showtime, PowerDVD, etc., just select the VIDEO_TS folder.
VLC Media Player can play ISO files. You can get it here.

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Thanks DakotaFan. I'd forgotten about that one.
Ok how again do you save movies on the harddrive on xbox cause I didnt understand it to well I'm new to computers.
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