Put camcorder movies on DVD, how to put on external hard dri

I have recently put hundreds of hours of home camcorder movies on about 70 DVDs. Would like to know the easiest way to transfer these to an external hard drive. Can I just copy and paste? I would like to copy them to 5 external drives to give to family members. Once one external drive is done, can the entirety be copied to the other 4 external hard drives? I would like to do this as simply as possible, but would like for them to be able to play the external hard drive in a computer or TV. I am not too concerned about titles, labels, etc as I have them all in chronological order and will be printing a booklet with all topics/dates in it. Thank you in advance for any advice in doing this. Already have the external drives and would like to get them done by Christmas.

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Re: DVD to HDD

Playing the result on a PC won't be a problem, in whatever way you do it, either as individual movies in some folder (with your favorite player) or from a mounted iso-file.

Playing them from a hard disk on a TV might be more difficult, depending on the software of the TV. Be sure to try it on different types of smart TV owned by your family members. Here I would connect my laptop via HDMI to a not-smart TV, used as a monitor, and that works on smart TV's also. Playing with an app on the TV is a different story.

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