How to Save Netflix Movies to Hard Drive? [Mac/Windows]

With the help of MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader,
you can download Netflix movies to MP4 and save them on your external hard drive easily.
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You may use Netflix to watch and download videos every day. Your computer's hard drive will quickly fill up as you download a lot of videos from Netflix. As a result, your computer will display high CPU usage and cannot function properly as it could run out of memory. The most viable and effective way to tackle the issue is to transfer your Netflix videos to an external hard drive.

But another problem arises immediately afterward. Video files downloaded from the Netflix app can only be played in the Netflix app. Even if you spend a lot of time importing the downloaded data to your external hard drive, you won't be able to play the Netflix-exclusive NFV video files. This is where you need an app that will help you download Netflix videos in a common format (e.g. mp4) and save them directly to your external hard drive, which will not only free up space on your computer, but will also allow you to save Netflix videos that will never expire.

1. How to Save Movies from Netflix to Hard Drive Easily?

To download Netflix videos as MP4 and save them to an external hard drive, you need professional third-party software.
MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader helps you to download Netflix movies and TV shows to 1080P(HD) MP4/MKV. It offers multi-lingual subtitles and audio tracks far more than the Netflix app to choose from. If your internet speed is not fast enough, choose the advanced H265 codec in settings, it only requires half the internet bandwidth as normal software while downloading. And don't worry, videos downloaded through MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader are permanently saved locally.

Key Features

  • Download Netflix videos to HD MP4/MKV
  • Preserve original multi-lingual subtitles and audio tracks
  • Save subtitles as soft, hard, or external subtitles
  • Embed a clean interface that is easy to use
  • Batch download videos at a fast speed
Here comes the detailed tutorial after you download and run MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader on your Mac or Windows PC.

STEP 1. Sign in to your Netflix account

When you run MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader on your Windows PC or Mac, please sign in to your Netflix account at the pop-up page. And then you could try to use MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader to download movies and TV shows. (Note that trial accounts can only download the first six minutes of each video.) 
Log in to Netflix on MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader

STEP 2. Set parameters for videos

Click the Settings button on the top right corner of the main interface, you can set the parameters (as shown in the following picture) of the video you want to download to meet your needs. Actually, you can simply use the app's default settings, under which the downloaded videos will have maximum compatibility.
  • Video format: MP4 / MKV
  • Video codec: H264 / H265
  • Audio language: Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish
  • Audio: Audio description; surround sound
  • Subtitle language: Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish
Settings of MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader

STEP 3. Search for Netflix video you want

You can enter the name of the movies or TV shows you want in the search box, or you can copy and paste the URL of Netflix movies or TV shows to the search box to get the movies you need to download.
Search for Netflix Video

STEP 4. Start Downloading

For a single movie or TV show, you can click the download button to download it directly.
For TV shows with multiple episodes, you can click the download button on the right side of the search results and then select the exact episodes you want to download.
Select Season or Episodes
You can also set download parameters for the current video without changing default settings, including the language of audio and subtitles, by clicking the Settings button on this page.
Select Subtitle for Netflix Movie
The right side of the main interface shows download progress in real-time, and you can control the download task. During the download process, you can hover your cursor over the download task to view basic information and parameters of the video.
Downloading Netflix Video to MP4 on Mac
When the download is completed, a red button will appear on the History option to indicate that download is completed. You can then enjoy the movies or TV shows that have been stored locally on your computer.
Download History

Step 5. Transfer Netflix Videos from PC to External Hard Drive

After downloading Netflix movies to MP4 on your PC, you can easily transfer them to your external hard drive.
Connect an external hard drive to your PC, only with a drag or simply copying and pasting, you can transfer Netflix videos from your PC to the external hard drive. Storing movies on an external hard drive not only helps you to save storage space on your PC, but also helps you stream movies from the hard drive to TV to share with others.

2. Tip: Change Netflix Download Location to External Hard Drive

Actually, Netflix download location depends on where itself is installed. Once you connect an external hard drive to your PC, just move Netflix app to the external hard drive, then next time your downloaded Netflix videos will be stored on the external hard drive by default. There are only three steps as followed. 
Step 1. Open Windows Settings and Click Apps
Step 2. Click Apps & Features and then Click Netflix 
Step 3. Click Move and choose the external hard drive
As you can see, it's that easy. However, due to the restriction of Windows system, you maybe could not move the Netflix app directly, then here comes another easy solution.
Step 1. Open System Settings and click Storage. Then slide the menu on the right to the bottom. And click the blue link Change where new content is saved.
Step 2. There is an item called New movies and TV shows will save to: change it from This PC(C:) to USB Drive(E:), and click Apply.
After that, your newly downloaded Netflix videos will definitely be saved to the external hard drive.
Either changing the location of the app on your PC or downloading your favorite movies with MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader, you can easily watch Netflix titles offline without getting your C drive stuffed.

3. Conclusion

It has always been a vexing problem that downloaded Netflix videos take up too much hard drive space. What's even more puzzling is that those videos expire in several days after downloading. Fortunately, MovPilot Netflix Video Downloader helps you download Netflix videos to your local drive in high quality. Then you can easily move those videos to an external hard drive to both save storage space on your PC and keep those videos permanently saved.

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