does my macbook pro supports dual layer burning?

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  1. kookniess macrumors newbie

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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
     
  2. ale500 macrumors regular

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    You wrote it. DL == double layer.
     
  3. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    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)
     
  4. drlunanerd macrumors 65816

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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?
     
  5. kookniess thread starter macrumors newbie

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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..
     
  6. island macrumors 6502

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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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  8. e12a macrumors 68000

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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.
     
  9. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  10. squeeks macrumors 68040

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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)
     
  11. compuguy1088 macrumors 6502a

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    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
     
  12. jbrown macrumors 6502a

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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?
     
  13. gorgon macrumors newbie

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    same specs - no dl burn?

    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.
     
  14. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

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    Wait... how do you know you have the same model of MacBook pro?
     
  15. alphaod macrumors Core

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    No it doesn't.

    SL = 4.7GB
    DL = 8.5GB

    However dual side is 9.4GB
     
  16. gorgon macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  17. Habusho macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  18. gorgon macrumors newbie

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    Do you have any suggestions? I tried Imation dl dvd's, but these weren't accepted.

    Thanks.
     
  19. eXan macrumors 601

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    All MBPs except for the first generation 15" (Core Duo) can burn DL DVDs.
     
  20. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    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.
     
  21. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    I use Sony DL disks and they work great.
     
  22. gorgon macrumors newbie

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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 :(
     
  23. regre7 macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  24. upsguy27 macrumors 65816

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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?
     
  25. naq macrumors newbie

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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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