Superdrive question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jer446, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. jer446 macrumors 6502a

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    I have last revision iMac.. g5 2.0ghz superdrive 20 inch.. Im an idiot lol and i cant remember if the burner is dual layer.. If so..Can i buy dual layer media, and will i be able to burn onto it with my other computers, that are only single layer? Also, how can i copy dvds using the dual layer.. Is there any one click solution like there is on windows, (dvd x copy)
     
  2. Nermal Moderator

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    I'm pretty sure you have a double-layer drive in your iMac. You can write to double-layer media with it, and can read that same media in most DVD drives. However, I have no idea whether you can write to double-layer media with a single-layer drive (you would be limited to 4.4 GB, of course).
     
  3. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816

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    Yes you have a DVD+R Dual Layer Drive

    From Apple History:

    Optical Drive: 24x/24x/8x/8x/4x/2.4x CD-RW/DVD±RW/DVD+R DL
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    For future reference, you can check quickly and easily by opening the Terminal and typing:

    drutil info

    Code:
    yellow% drutil info
     Vendor   Product           Rev 
     PIONEER  DVD-RW  DVR-109   1.17
    
       Interconnect: ATAPI
       SupportLevel: Apple Shipping
              Cache: 2000k
           CD-Write: -R, -RW, BUFE, CDText, Test, IndexPts, ISRC
          DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, [color=red][b]+R DL[/b][/color], +RW, BUFE, Test
         Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
    
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    And also by going to the disc burning section of system profiler (Apple menu -> About this Mac -> More info). :)
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    And also, if you have a CD/DVD in the drive, open Disk Utility and choose the root listing of the mounted disk (the one that includes the manufacturer's name of your optical drive). At the bottom of the window you will see the drive's "capabilities" listed. Huzzah! GUIfied! :D
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Oh, Snap! I didn't even know about that one. Doy! :D
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    <sniff> I think I love you..
     
  9. jer446 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ok good.. but if i buy dual layer disks.. like a big spindle.. will i be able to use them on my single layer drive.. and just be able to burn the normal 4.7gb?
     
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