DVD larger than 4GB?

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  1. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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    So I have a previous thread about making a spare copy of a disk. The disk is a DVD, and my Mac has a super drive. From my understanding, DVDs hold up to 4GB. Problem is the sims 3 is 5.96GB and is a DVD. I didn't know that there ate DVDs later than 4GB. It seems that my blank DVDs hold upto 4. Something GB. Are there DVDs larger than 4GB for retail? Will my mac be able to burn a 5GB image? Also are these larger DVDs called duo layer or something? Can I buy a pack at Staples or the Apple Store?

    Thanks for clearing the confusion.

    -ouimetnick.
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    yes, they are called dual layer dvds and can hold ~8.5gigs

    You can buy blank ones, yes. Be sure your mac can burn DL DVDs though as they tend to be a lil pricy compared to SL DVDs
     
  3. ouimetnick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    A mid 2010 MBP 13" with a super drive that can burn regular DVDs should be able to burn the double layer ones right? Also when I'm at the store, what do I look for? What will the packaging me labled? DVD-DL?
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    It should. To be safe, check in the about this mac, then look under optical drives to see its capabilities

    I tend to prefer the DVD+DL as opposed to the DVD-DL
     
  5. ouimetnick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    What are the differences between those two? Also it seems like the disks are called DVD+R DL.
     
  6. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    From dvdripperwizard.com:

    Some people say they have better luck burning on one or the other, but I have never noticed a difference. It's also commonly said that one is cheaper than the other (cannot remember which one), but when I purchased a 50 pack a few weeks ago both had the same sale price ($15.99).
     
  7. ouimetnick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Seems like the drive will work.
     

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