Burning DVD+R/RW problems

okay so i have a nice new 16x dvd burner and i want to burn some anime episodes on it. using nero 6 i open the menu for a data dvd, and put 8 gigs on it, just under the limit that nero shows you. however when i clicked burn it told me to insert a disc with greater capacity, and recommends a DVD+R. DVD+R/RW ect. however i already have a dvd+r in there. whats the deal? arent dvd+r’s sopposed to be dual layer?

What does the label say on the blanks that you bought? Single layer discs are more commonplace because DL blanks cost around $3 each. If your discs are DL the label will state that they are 8.5 GB, if they are SL the label will state 4.7GB

they state 4.7 gb

so even though it reads dvd+r its single layer?

Single Layer discs = 4.7 GB regardless of format (actually not true, but close enough for this arguement).

Dual Layer discs = 8.5 GB regardless of format.

Most people prefer the +R flavored discs for their booktyping abilities for a wider range of compatability in standalone DVD players.

You could split your episodes in half and burn to two different discs.

Not sure what your disk is-Open Nero & click on disk info with your disk in the drive.

if thats the case whats the point of all this +R -R nonsense

Personal preference…some players will only play one or the other. -R was the original format and then came along +R…most newer players will accept both formats.

Here is some reading for you:


okay, so ill have to split it onto several dvds. but im still having a problem. the disk is labeled as having a 4.7 gig capacity, but even just 4.588 well below capacity, still it will not let me burn it, stating that i need to insert a higher capacityt disk

arg this is frustrating…

4.7GB is the manufacturer stated capacity using the standard number system (base 10), however, computers use base 2 (binary). So in reality, that 4.7GB is only ~4.38GB to your computer.

Hard drives, in fact, all storage digital storage capacities are marketed this way (makes the numbers look bigger).

4.7 * 1,000,000,000 = 4700000000

4.38 * 1,073,741,824 = 4702989189.12

1 Megabyte (M / MB) = 10^6 bytes = 1,000,000 bytes
1 Gigabyte  (G / GB) = 10^9 bytes = 1,000,000,000 bytes

1 Kilobyte    (K / KB) = 2^10 bytes = 1,024 bytes
1 Megabyte (M / MB) = 2^20 bytes = 1,048,576 bytes
1 Gigabyte   (G / GB) = 2^30 bytes = 1,073,741,824 bytes
1 Terabyte  (T / TB) = 2^40 bytes = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes

I think it is Obvious that you can’t Burn 8Gbt onto a 4Gb single layer disc…Either buy Double layer or use Shrink, or whatever is out there now.


You can find DVD Shrink here: http://www.mrbass.org/dvdshrink/

And here is a guide: http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?t=49051

If you have trouble ripping, try DVDFab Decrypter: http://www.dvdidle.com/free.htm

All of this stuff is free.

Hope this helps

This is no nonsense…

DVD-RAM were inevented first, then DVD-R and then DVD+RW.

Like MrScary said, it’s more than obvious that you cannot 8gb of content onto a 4.7gb dvd media (that way).

+R and -R are (were) mearly competing formats put out by different companies who wanted the market $$$ all to themselves. Each format wanted the other gone, but that didn’t happen, as a result, dual format burners became common. So in a way it is “nonsense” that was brought about by corperate greed and the lack of cooperation to develope a single format.

Also note that the format has nothing to do with capacity. DVD-ROM (commercial pressed DVDs - such as retail movies), DVD-R, and DVD+R all come in Single and Dual Layer capacities (4.7GB and 8.5GB).

Once again, I must stress the difference between manufacturer stated capacity and actual capacity (as the computer sees it).