Dual layer dvd burning

John Summerfield debian at herakles.homelinux.org
Tue Nov 20 00:22:40 UTC 2007

Kevin J. Cummings wrote:
> John Summerfield wrote:
>> Mike Morraye wrote:
>>> Dear List,
>>> I would like to buy a Dual layer burner so i can burn my data. ( with
>>> k3b)
>>> But i read a lot about the slow burning process.
>>> How long would it take to burn a 8GB  @ 8x speed on a dual layer dvd?
> As in the previous answers, DVD write time is at the same rates as
> non-DL disks.  And it takes twice as long to write twice as much data.

My pioneer does DL at up to 10x, SL at up to 18x. Say four times as long.

>>> Thx in advance. ( I dont like spending my money to the wrong stuff )
>> Eh?
>> Are there current DVD burners that don't do dual-layer? I have some
>> Pioneer DVD burners that I bought because they were cheapish and weren't
>> the brand I don't like, and those do DL.
> Most DVD ROM drives will *read* DL drives.  But the original burners

original != current

> weren't capable of *burning* DL disks.  I bought 1 a year or so ago that
> was DL capable (Lite-On in case anyone is interested), it cost more than
> burners which were *not* capable of burning to a DL disk.
> BTW, I haven't heard about a recent DL drive that *doesn't* work with
> Linux.  If they comply with the current ATA standards, they work.
> So, if you find a drive that doesn't work with Linux, let us know about it!
>> What bothered me last time I looked was the media price; DL media seem
>> to me a bit like 2.88 Mbyte floppies, expensive and rare.
> They exist.  I bought a 25 pack.  Readily available at Staples/Office
> Max/Office Depot/etc.  I even found some at BJs (local big box store).
> Can't say I've look for them at Circuit City or Best Buy recently, and
> the local CompUSA closed up shop here.
> While the drives are capable of holding 8GB of data, the filesystem is
> *still* not capable of holding a file >= 2GB.  This is usually not a
> problem when writing video onto these drives as the VOB filesize is <
> 2GB anyways.  When using them to write backups of large files, games
> must be played to get the data to fit.

That explains these, none of which is less than 2 Gbytes:-)

-rw-rw-r-- 1 4.3G Jul 28  2006 
-rw-r--r-- 1 4.3G Apr 12  2007 
-rw-r--r-- 1 4.4G Sep  2  2006 
-rw-r--r-- 1 4.4G Apr 12  2007 
-rw-r--r-- 1 4.4G Sep  5  2006 
-rw-rw-r-- 1 4.4G Sep 25 13:44 
-rw-rw-r-- 1 4.4G Sep 26 06:01 
-rw-r--r-- 1 4.4G Apr 12  2007 

I did burn a set of Debian disks, and I have installed from the ISO.

Actually, one can burn any kind of file to DVD. Even a tarball.



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