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Decrypt and Copy DVDs to Your Hard Drive Without Ripping

Have you ever wanted to make backup copies of your DVDs but didn’t want to mess with confusing DVD ripping software?  Today, we’ll look at drop dead simple method to decrypt DVDs on the fly with DVD43 so you can easily copy them to your hard drive.

Note: Unfortunately, DVD43 runs only on Windows 32-bit systems.

Installation and Setup

Download and install DVD43. You can find the installation below.


When the install is finished you’ll be prompted to restart your PC.


DVD43 runs in the system tray at startup. When idle, the DVD43 icon is yellow with a straight face.


Insert your DVD into your optical drive. While DVD43 is searching for the encryption keys, the system tray icon will appear as a devilish smiley face. This process usually takes just a few seconds, but may occasionally take longer.


DVD43 will detect the disc and the system try icon should turn into a green smiley face.


Now just browse your DVD directory and simply copy the Video TS file from the DVD to your hard drive.  You may find other directories, such as AUDIO_TS, but those folders and files can be ignored.


Once it‘s copied to your hard drive you can play it in your favorite media player. In VLC, select Media > Open Folder and browse for the VIDEO TS folder.


Now you can enjoy the full DVD experience with menus and extra features.


If you don’t want DVD43 running in the system tray all the time, right click on the icon and select Exit when you aren’t using it.



Although DVD43 will work in most cases, it may be unable to break newer protections when they are initially released. For those with 64-bit operating systems, or if you want to see how to play VIDEO_TS folders in some other media players, you may want to check out our earlier post on Ripping a DVD to your Hard Drive using DVDFab HD Decrypter. Of course you can also turn the DVD files into an ISO as well.

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Andrew is a media center geek with some serious Windows skills. He's never far from a WiFi connection or a great cup of coffee.

  • Published 07/8/10

Comments (7)

  1. infmom

    I’ve been using DVD43 for years. If you don’t want it running all the time, run msconfig and take it out of your startup. Then you can just run it when you need it.

  2. TheManRetired

    The DVDFAB 7 which is an update to DVD HD Decrytor runs on 64 bit windows 7.

  3. Jon

    I, too, used DVD43 for years until I went 64-bit (and then to Windows 7). It took DVD43 a while to catch up, and I am glad they did. In the interim I got used to SlySoft’s AnyDVD and AnyDVD-HD products (the HD version decrypts HD and Blu-Ray; they are not free and are available from I use them in conjunction with 1ClickDVDCopy Pro.

    I tested the new DVD43 plug-in and then AnyDVD-HD on the same DVD and the same machine (the other decrypyer software was turn-off). I found that 1ClickDVDCopy Pro with AnyDVD-HD copied about 10% faster then 1ClickDVDCopy Pro with the DVD43 plug-in. Not a big deal if you don’t need HD/Blu-Ray.

    For a free non-HD/Blu-Ray decrypter, DVD43 is top notch!

  4. Supermimai

    DVDFab has released a free complete alternative to DVD43 and AnyDVD. the name is DVD passkey, it works the same way as a background driver to remove the protection, but it works for both DVD and Blu-ray
    you can download DVDFab pass key for free from :

    DVD43 is getting old and doesn’t work well with some new dvd copy protection, also I don’t think there is a 64bits version.

  5. Jon

    DVD43 has a 64-bit plug in that only works with 1ClickDVDCopy (regular and Pro versions). 1ClickDVDCopy is the only software that accepts decrypter plugins … none of the others have that capability … yet.

    Thanks for the tip on DVDFab, Supermimai.

  6. c draper

    my friend had a thing that looked like a flash drive but it was a bit larger and with it he was able to find any password on any computer, what was that and where can i buy one from

  7. redbug

    It would be useful to your readers if the date the article was written appeared at the top of the page at the beginning of the article so one would not have to scroll to the end to find out whether or not the information was current.

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