How to Burn a DVD With More Than 4.7GB

By Daniel Hatter

Double-layer DVDs have nearly twice the capacity of single-layer DVDs.
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DVDs come in two sizes: 4.7GB single-layer discs and 8.5GB double-layer discs. Single-layer DVDs are more common than double-layer DVDs, mostly due to how relatively inexpensive they are. Nevertheless, double-layer DVDs are used by many people for file backups and media burning. Windows supports burning DVDs in both the 4.7GB and 8.5GB size, so if you need to burn some larger personal files or an ISO image file larger than 4.7GB, use an 8.5GB double-layer DVD.

Burn files to a DVD

Step 1

Insert an 8.5GB double-layer DVD into your DVD burner drive. The disc should be clean and unused. Open the "Computer" folder in the Start menu and double-click on the disc to open its storage folder.

Step 2

Type a name for your DVD in the dialog box that opens and select a usage type. To use it like a flash drive, select "Like a USB flash drive." To use it in a player, select "With a CD/DVD player." Click "Next."

Step 3

Click and drag the desired files to the folder to create a burn list. The files won't be burned to the DVD yet, so don't worry if you accidentally add a file you don't want; just drag the file back out in such a case.

Step 4

Click the "Burn to disc" button in the toolbar and follow the onscreen prompts to burn the files to your 8.5GB double-layer DVD.

Burn an ISO to a DVD

Step 1

Right-click on the ISO disk image file you'd like to burn, move your cursor over "Open with" and then select "Windows Disk Image Burner." Insert an 8.5GB double-layer DVD into your DVD burner drive.

Step 2

Select the burner drive from the drop-down menu and select the "Verify disc after burning" option if you want Windows to verify the quality of the burn once it is complete.

Step 3

Click the "Burn" button to burn the ISO disk image file to your 8.5GB double-layer DVD.