What type of device do you want to play the files on? if it is a DVD player why not just insert the DVD?
If you could clarify what type of device you would like to use I might be able to give you some more details.
A program that I like is called HandBrake, it is free and very easy to use. It will pull in most (not all) DVDs and output a file that is usable on any video ipod (classic, itouch, iphone). It will save a .mp4 file which is a quick time format. Once the files are on the computer you can drag and drop them onto the external hard drive.
Hi i have some dvd's i'd like to rip to my PC and then put them in my external HDD so i can watch movies in my dvd player.
So help please and if you can explain it the long but save way please do it! I know almost nothing about video formats like .avi... so tell me the the best definition format to watch it in my hd tv.