How do I Burn an 8GB Data File to 2 DVD Discs?

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How do I Burn an 8GB Data File to 2 DVD Discs?
Burn a large file to two separate DVDs with 7-Zip. (compact disc banner header image by Gary Walker from

When splitting larger files, most burning programs, such as Roxio or Toast, can split the file for you, and allow you to rejoin them after you move the file to your new computer. For those who don't have premium burning software, look no further than 7-Zip. 7-Zip is a file archiving and un-archiving program that allows you to compress files, split them or reattach files that have already been split.

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Things you need

  • Blank DVDs
  • 7-Zip

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  1. 1

    Download and install 7-Zip. See the link in Resources. Follow along with the wizard, and it will completely set up the software for you.

  2. 2

    Open 7-Zip.

  3. 3

    Find the file you want to split by clicking "File" and then "Open."

  4. 4

    Right click on the file you would like to split, and select "Split file..." from the menu.

  5. 5

    Select the location to send split files to and the size that you'd like the split files to be. For this example, you'd want each file to be under 4.7 gigabytes, which is the storage size of a standard blank DVD.

  6. 6

    Click "OK."

  7. 7

    Open your burning software and burn the two files onto separate disks. You can right click on each of the files (one at a time) and click "burn-to-disc" to use the Windows burning utility.

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