DVD burning help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by CBAviator, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. CBAviator macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2007
    On my PC, I'm able to select a group of files larger than a single DVD (let's say, 20 GB). The PC will then burn all the necessary DVDs in order, while basically authoring itself and splitting the files up.

    Can my iMac do this? When I tried, it said I needed a DVD that could hold 31GB.
  2. Lunettes macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007
    There's a geeky way of doing this.

    First, make a zip archive of all the files you want to burn.
    Then go to the terminal and enter:
    split -b 4000m archive.zip archive

    This will split archive.zip (or whatever you name it) into smaller files.
    In the example I gave you the files will have 4000 MB each.
    Of course you can change the file size to fit your needs.

    Now you should be able to see new files like archiveaa, archiveab, etc., so you can burn each file to a different DVD.

    Remember that these new files alone don't worth much.
    You'll have to merge them in order to get your zip archive back.
    To do that go to the terminal again and enter:
    cat archiveaa archiveab > archive.zip

    I know this isn't a pretty way of doing what you want to do, but I don't know any other way, unless you use some 3rd party software.
  3. Matari macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2007
  4. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    And don't expect to get that $20 rebate unless you're UPGRADING.

    I found that out the hard way...

    Plus everytime I've burnt a video file to DVD in Toast it doesn't want to play.

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