does my macbook pro supports dual layer burning?

kookniess

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Sep 4, 2007
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Can anyone let me know whether my macbook pro supports Dual layer burning or not? Thanks a lot.

The information of disk burning is as follows,

HL-DT-ST DVDRW GWA4080MA:

Firmware Revision: AE39
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL
Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
Media: No
 

TheStu

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Aug 20, 2006
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Can anyone let me know whether my macbook pro supports Dual layer burning or not? Thanks a lot.

The information of disk burning is as follows,

HL-DT-ST DVDRW GWA4080MA:

Firmware Revision: AE39
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL
Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
Media: No
Yes, it supports burning DVD+R DL (Dual Layer) disks. You want to use +R anyway since they generally burn better (I found this out way late in the game, but have since switched to using just DVD+Rs)
 
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drlunanerd

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Yes, I have the same drive in my MBP. In fact I've just burnt a DL +R disc (backup of my Leopard disc) with no problems. Not exactly speedy at 2.4x but did the job.

Having said that I used a Power Mac G5 the other day for burning a DL disc and the speed was the same - perhaps the brand of disc I have is the limiting factor?
 
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kookniess

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excellent.

I'm so happy to see my MBR supporting dual layer so I can burn Leopord tomorrow.

Thanks drlunanerd, TheStu and ale500..
 
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island

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I burned my copy of Leopard on Thursday with no problem on a DL disc. Only complaint is that it doesn't look as good as my retail copy that came yesterday!
 
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TheStu

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nothing significant if you're burning data.

Some older DVD players are better with either format if you plan on copying a movie title.
From my understanding, +R has more built in 'protection' or whatever for when you are burning, and the way the discs are made means the data apparently has a longer life... or the disks do... i am not really sure. Can't remember where I read this. But it also came across as a DVD-Rs are basically just really high capacity CDs, so the technology and write methods for CDs are used, just on a faster scale. DVD+R is different Tech.

It is sort of like the difference between HD-DVD and BluRay. Where HD DVD is just a high capacity DVD, and BluRay is a whole new technology (or new implementation whatever)

Someone that actually knows (and can show it) can feel free to come in and prove me wrong though.
 
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squeeks

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Jun 19, 2007
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Can anyone let me know whether my macbook pro supports Dual layer burning or not? Thanks a lot.
it would help if apple could call it a dual layer dvd burner instead of a "superdrive"

i mean supedrive is a nice name and all, but what the heck is it?

(thats a rhetorical question i know what a superdrive is you guys dont need to explain it:p)
 
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compuguy1088

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it would help if apple could call it a dual layer dvd burner instead of a "superdrive"

i mean supedrive is a nice name and all, but what the heck is it?

(thats a rhetorical question i know what a superdrive is you guys dont need to explain it:p)
True especially from the fact that there are so called "superdrives" on older macs that cannot write to dvd+'s on the older G4 PowerMacs
 
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jbrown

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Couple of basic questions

Does a DL disc have twice the storage space ( 4.7 gig v 9.4 IIRC )?


Is it straight forward to make a copy of Leopard - ie, bung it in and burn, I seem to recall it used to be more complicated earlier on to copy a OS X disc?
 
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gorgon

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Sep 20, 2008
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same specs - no dl burn?

Can anyone let me know whether my macbook pro supports Dual layer burning or not? Thanks a lot.

The information of disk burning is as follows,

HL-DT-ST DVDRW GWA4080MA:

Firmware Revision: AE39
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL
Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
Media: No
Hi, I have the same specs as you, but my macbook pro refuses to accept (let alone burn) +r dl dvd's. Does anybody know why this is and what to do to make it burn +r dl's?

Thank you.
 
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gorgon

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Sep 20, 2008
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Wait... how do you know you have the same model of MacBook pro?
I don't. But the Disc Burning gives me the same info:

Firmware Revision: AE39
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL
Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
Media: No

But I can't burn dl dvd's.
 
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Habusho

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It'll support DL but it's very picky with the media you choose. Unless it's a high quality DL media, you'll just end up with a coaster. That's what happened with my Memorex DL discs.
 
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gorgon

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Sep 20, 2008
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It'll support DL but it's very picky with the media you choose. Unless it's a high quality DL media, you'll just end up with a coaster. That's what happened with my Memorex DL discs.
Do you have any suggestions? I tried Imation dl dvd's, but these weren't accepted.

Thanks.
 
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SnowLeopard2008

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It'll support DL but it's very picky with the media you choose. Unless it's a high quality DL media, you'll just end up with a coaster. That's what happened with my Memorex DL discs.
really? I remember copying my retail leopard disk for archival purposes and I used a memorex dl disk. worked like a charm but was expensive as hell. 10 bucks for 3 or 4 disks in cases.
 
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gorgon

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Sep 20, 2008
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still not burning dl...

Okay: so far I've tried 5 imation dvd +r dl's and 10 Philips dvd +r dl's...none worked.

Since these dl dvd's are quite expensive I'm not gonna buy another spindle, but walk to the appel retail store. Again... (MacBook pro: within 1st year my hd crashed, my screen had to be replaced, and my battery has 19% health and only 85 cycles :(
 
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regre7

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Apr 18, 2006
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Wow... this thread really got brought back from the dead.

It's convenient for me! I'm having the same problem. I have tried several Memorex +R DL disks and although Finder shows them as burnable (I haven't tried), Disk Utility tries to get me to erase them even though they're blank. In the Info pane of Disk Utility it even says that the media is blank, but it won't let me burn my backup of Leopard to it.

Ideas? Or should I go complain at an Apple Store? Wait, my warranty ran out a year and a half ago... oh well. Looks like you guys are my Genius Bar.
 
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upsguy27

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Jun 25, 2007
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I have a first gen MBP, and apparently it can't burn DL discs. Why is that? It's the same drive(MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-857) that was in my iMac that could burn DLs, why can't this one?
 
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naq

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Oct 3, 2008
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HL-DT-ST DVDRW GSA-S10N:

Firmware Revision: AP09
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
Cache: 0 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RW
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
Media: Insert media and refresh to show available burn speeds

Can anyone tell me if mine supports dual layer burning?
 
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