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How to Rip DVD to ISO Files on Windows & Mac

By Tony Moton

May 06, 2018

An ISO image is an archive file of an optical disc, a type of disk image composed of the data contents from every written sector on an optical disc, including the optical disc file system. ISO image files usually have a file extension of .iso. ISO can make you copy or backup DVD even in the condition that the original DVD is lost or damaged. ISO is a single image file which can easily storing, transferring, establishing and managing a DVD collection filing system. Moreover, it can be easily played by many popular media players. Therefore, ripping DVD to ISO can be quite handy. Just keep reading this article to find how to rip DVD to ISO files on Widows & Mac.


Part 1. How Rip DVD to ISO on Windows

Windows doesn't have a built-in function to convert DVD to ISO file, so you need to download a third-party software to do the job. Fortunately, there are several tools available that make it a really easy task. I highly recommend TuneFab DVD Ripper, an amazingly efficient DVD ripping software which can convert DVD into ISO file and more than other 300 formats with a high video compression ratio. 


This ultimate all-in-one DVD to ISO converter also supports preview, snapshot, edition, audio tracks and subtitles selection before ripping. Convenient and fast, even a newbie can handle it. So, why not come and have a try right now? Now let's have a look at the 3 simple steps below to rip DVD to ISO image file on Windows.


First of all, free download and install TuneFab DVD Ripper on your Windows running computer.

Step 1. Load DVD Disc

Insert the DVD disc to DVD-ROM and launch the software, click "Load disc" button to load the DVD information.

Screenshot Load DVD Disc

Step 2. Select the Output Profile

After the DVD information was loaded, Click "Profile" to choose ISO or other formats you need. You can also click "Settings" for advanced output settings, such as Video Settings, Audio Settings or 3D Settings.

Screenshot Profile Settings

Step 3. Start the Conversion

Select a destination folder to store the converted file and click "Convert" button to start to rip DVD to ISO in Windows.

Converting DVD Video

Part 2. The Way to Convert DVD to ISO on Mac

Mac OS has Disk Utility built into its operating system natively. It is the name of a utility, created by Apple, for performing disk-related tasks on macOS. The steps for this function are as follows


Step 1. Press Command+Space to open the Spotlight search box, then type "Disk Utility", and press Enter key.


Step 2. After you open the "Disk Utility", you need to insert a DVD disc and click the "File" menu, select "New > Disc Image from Folder". Then choose "DVD/CD master" as the format and leave encryption disabled.  A .cdr file will be created by Disk Utility from the disc. Then you can "mount" it from within the Disk Utility application by clicking "File > Open Disk Image".

Create CDR File

Step 3. Open a Terminal window and run the following command: hdiutil convert /home/username/original.cdr -format UDTO -o /home/username/destination.iso. Then replace "/home/username/original.cdr" with the path to the CDR file and "/home/username/destination.iso" with a path for the ISO file you want to create.

Replace Commend


Tips:In many cases, you can perform a rename from .cdr file to .iso file, but this method doesn't always work. We recommend you to stick with the terminal command. Or note that TuneFab DVD Ripper has the Mac Version, it means you can take use of it to rip DVD to ISO files on Mac when the above method not working.


Whether you rip DVD to ISO file with a software like TuneFab DVD Ripper on Windows, or use built-in Disk Utility on Mac. Once you got ISO files from the mentioned methods, you can copy them to a computer's hard drive, store them on a USB drive, or make them available on the network. Any computer without a disc drive can read them and use them as a virtual disc.


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