How to Tell If Your DVD Burner Can Burn Dual-Layer

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How to Tell If Your DVD Burner Can Burn Dual-Layer
Most new drives feature dual-layer burners. (dvd drive laser closeup image by .shock from

Dual-layer DVDs can hold almost twice the information of a single-layer DVD. They hold 8.5 GB of information compared to the 4.7 GB of a single-layer disc. Dual-layer discs are great for burning movies or large archives of files, but not all older disc drives can support dual-layer (also known as DL) burning. Thankfully, it's very easy to find out whether or not your disc drive supports dual-layer burning, either by using a free program or by searching online.

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    Download Nero InfoTool. This is a free program.

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    Insert a blank DVD in the disc drive.

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    Run the program. After the program finishes testing your drive a window will come up.

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    Click on the "Drive" tab. Look under "Supported read/write features." Under DVD look for "-R DL" and +R DL." If there are green checkmarks next to them then your drive supports dual-layer burning, If there are red X marks next to those listings then your drive does not.

  1. 1

    Click on the start button and then go to the Control Panel.

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    Click on the "System" icon and then click on "Device Manager."

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    Click on the small arrow next to "DVD/CD-ROM Drives." The model number of your DVD drive will appear. Write it down.

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    Go online and type in the model number of your drive into a search engine; add "DL" or "specs" after it. You should be able to find out whether your drive is dual-layer by looking at the results.

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