How to Use a DVD-R 8cm Disk on a Computer


A DVD-R 8cm disc is about half the size of a standard DVD. Typically these DVDs are used with video cameras that record directly to a DVD. However, it is still possible to use these 8cm DVDs on a standard computer as long as there is a DVD tray. If you are using a laptop without a DVD tray, such as a Macbook, you cannot use a DVD-R 8cm on the system because the disc doesn't have a clear entry point and the disc becomes loose in the open DVD slot, preventing it from loading onto the computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with DVD tray
  • DVD-R 8cm
  • Open the DVD drive on your computer. You can see there is a small tray indentation for mini discs. Place the DVD-R 8cm onto the mini tray and close the drive. In a moment the content on the disc loads onto your screen.

  • Access content on the DVD whenever you want by clicking "Start," (My) "Computer," and double-click the DVD drive icon. This opens a window with all the programs and files currently stored on the disc. This is typically how you access video footage created with DVD video cameras.

  • Launch the DVD burning program on your computer. You can still use a DVD-R 8cm to create data and video DVDs, however you can only hold about a third of the actual data that a standard sized DVD can hold.

  • Eject the DVD from the computer by pressing the "Eject" button. When the DVD tray opens remove the mini DVD from the computer.

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