Burn DL DVD w/ external DVD burner on MacBook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by spittips101, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. spittips101 macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2008
    I have a white MacBook and want to burn something to a DVD but it is too big. I have an external DVD burner (LG GSA-E60L 20x DVD±RW DL USB 2.0 External Drive) that does dual layer burning but am not sure how to use it on my mac. Can I just plug it in and use Toast Titanium to burn?
  2. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    You shouldn't need any drivers, it should just work.
  4. HTD macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2008
    Mac Disc Burning

    Macs use the Disc Burning architecture, a library of settings and binaries in the system, to burn discs. If your burner conforms to a set of settings that can be read and matched to that architecture, it will burn just fine.
    There are a few caveats though. First, you have to have a full 512 of ram free at the time of burning for DVD, 256 for cd (I'm not talking total ram of system, I'm talking actually freed up ram). Since your system will use most of your ram with modern OSX and any other apps open, you'd best follow a few cleanups before you start burning. Download a program that will clean your root and user caches. Clean them and try burning. Once the caches are cleaned, they are no longer taking up space in memory, and only changes are passed to drives. Now make sure you have the same amount of space free on your HD as the disc you wish to burn (DVD is 4.3gb for macs, and dl is 8.2gb; other sizes are normalized). CHeck if your drive supports buffer under run prevention, and if so you are golden. If not, there may be issues later. If you burn with an app, select buffer settings that match your drive, and if you use the main system, you should be able to find a Terminal command that includes it.
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    You do know that this topic is 3 years old. How did you find it anyway? Just curious.

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