How to Burn an 8.5GB DVD


A standard-sized DVD can store up to 4.7 gigabytes worth of data. DVDs with a capacity of 8.5 gigabytes are known as dual-layer DVDs. A dual-layer DVD has two recordable data layers on the disc, allowing it to hold the extra information. To record a dual-layer DVD, you need a dual-layer (DL) DVD burner.

Things You'll Need

  • Dual-layer DVD burner
  • Blank DL DVD
  • DVD burning software
  • Install a dual-layer DVD burner on your computer if, if needed. Most electronics and computer stores sell external DL DVD burners that connect using a USB cable. Install all drivers and software provided with the drive.

  • Insert the blank dual-layer DVD into the DL burner.

  • Launch the DVD burning software that accompanied the dual-layer DVD burner. This software allows you to write on the two different layers of the disc.

  • Select a DVD format (video or data), then select "Add Files." Choose the files you want to burn to the dual-layer 8.5 gigabyte DVD and click "OK." Repeat the process until all the files appear in the main viewing area of the DVD burning software.

  • Click "Burn" to create your 8.5 gigabyte DVD.

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