How to Burn an 8.5GB DVD

by Greyson Ferguson
Dual-layer DVDs have more storage space than standard DVDs.

Dual-layer DVDs have more storage space than standard DVDs.

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.

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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About the Author

Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces TheDailyUpbeat.com, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.

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