Can the dvd drive on macbooks burn dual layer dvds?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Khurram, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. Khurram macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2006
    I know this is probably a stupid question, but i've never burnt double layer dvd's before and I was wondering do you need a special dvd burning drive to burn dual layer dvd's or will any dvd burner drive be able to burn the dual layers, assuming Im using dual layer blank dvd's.

    Aside from the macbook drive, can all dvd burning drives burn dual layers?
  2. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    no, you need dual layer dvd burner to burn dual layer disks, and macbook does not have it. the only current mac laptop that has it is macbook pro 17"
  3. bossass macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2006
  4. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    IMO, no;)

    I've only managed to find 2 or 3 shops that actually sell them, and besides, they are way more expensive than a normal DVD.
  5. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    I have YET to see a purpose for Dual Layer DVDs....i mean yeah maybe copying Dual Layer DVD movies exactly, and not thru handbrake or something.

    but the extra cost, is not justified except in the most extraneous circumstances.

    I was forced to split my portfolio DVD into 2 discs because I had no more room left for my video work to be included with all my analog sculptures and digital stuff. so when you clicked video, it asked you to insert disc 2.

    this was before DL burners were even available.

    if they were, I would have used it then.

    but thats the only case I can think of
  6. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    this is true. it's very seldom that you need a DL dvd
  7. Khurram thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2006

    creating backups of my xbox 360 games require dual layer dvd's
  8. tyroja00 macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2006
    I don't know what kind of notebook you have.

    I have a PB 12 inch and I purchased a DL Drive Panasonic UJ-845 for real, real cheap on E-Bay, since I didn't have a DVD player. MacOSX recognizes it and it works awesome.

    You may want to see if it will fit in your case. I don't know how technical you are but disassembly of a Mac is not for the light-hearted :eek: Also, it will probably kill your warranty (I had no warranty and too much time on my hands). But, you could always put the old one back in if something went wrong.

    By the way prices on dl dvds are dropping and with blueray it will continue to. I honestly don't know the deal with apple not making this standard like most other manufacturers. Yeah the form factor is thin but so are several other laptops out there. Sorry I just had to vent my Merom MB frustration.
  9. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    I use Dual Layer Discs to backup my iTunes TV Shows that I've watched completely (and probably won't watch again). If you have something like The Daily Show or the Colbert Report (or both) you'll fill up a Dual Layer Disc in no time... yeah they're more expensive but it takes up less physical space... it's a trade off.
  10. deebster macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2004
    Olde Englande
    The MBs and MBPs that only have single layer DVD burners are using newer drives that are a little slimmer than the old ones (I think it is 9.5mm height, compared to 12.5mm), and as far as I know DL support is not yet possible on the slimmer drives.

    If memory serves me correctly the 17" uses the old style drives, since the extra width of the Mac allows the drive to sit away from the area where the recessed keyboard lies. I'm pretty sure I read this on MacRumors, but I haven't tried searching for it.
  11. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    The drive sits away from the trackpad is the problem
  12. tyroja00 macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2006
    Yeah I remember that being the reason. But, if other companies can make a 1" dual layer dvd notebook, so should Apple.

    For your info, IBM's UJ-842 drive is a 9.5mm DL DVD burner. You can actually get one at Ebay. Now, I don't know if it is possible to use with OSX.

    But that should have never been an issue to begin with. I think that it was a design issue that Apple did not see fit to remedy for some reason. But, a pro model should have never been released w/o it.

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