How to Burn a Dual Layer DVD With a Blu-ray Burner

by Jeff Grundy

In the early days of HDTV, it was possible to get better resolutions and sharper video images via HDTV broadcasts than it was when playing standard DVD videos, which have a maximum display resolution of 720 x 480 pixels. Disc players were not able to render the true 1920 x 1080 pixels required for full HDTV until manufacturers began shipping Blu-ray disc players capable of rendering and displaying videos in true high-definition format. Today, a typical single-layer DVD disc stores roughly 4.37GB of data, while a dual-layer DVD may hold between 7.95GB and 15.9GB, depending on its format. Many modern PC disc burners are Blu-ray compatible, and backing up or burning large amounts of data to DVD dual-layer discs is a relatively simple process.

Press “Windows-E” on your keyboard or click "Start" and "Computer" to launch Windows Explorer. Navigate to the folder on your hard drive containing the data you want to burn to a dual-layer DVD disc.

Select all the files and sub-folders you want to burn to disc by pressing "Ctrl-A," then click the "Burn" button in Windows Explorer.

Insert a blank, dual-layer DVD into the Blu-ray burner disc tray after it opens automatically. Push the drive tray in slightly to close it. After a few seconds, Windows detects the blank disc in the Blu-ray drive and displays the “Burn a Disc” window on the screen.

Type a descriptive volume name for the new disc in the “Disc Title” field. Choose the “With a CD/DVD Player” option and click the “Next” button. Windows formats the dual-layer disc and starts copying files to it. Depending on the amount of data you want to burn to the dual-layer disc and the speed of your Blu-ray burner, the burn process may take only a minute or two, or up to half an hour. After Windows burns the data to the disc, the disc tray opens. Remove the dual-layer data disc when Windows prompts you to do so.


  • Windows supports burning on both DVD-R and DVD+R formatted dual-layer discs. However, your Blu-ray burner may only support one of the formats. Refer to the owner's manual for your Blu-ray burner to determine what type of dual-layer disc to use.
  • Using the above method causes Windows to burn the dual-layer disc using the "Mastered Disc" method. Discs burned with this method will work in any standard DVD player capable of playing the type of data files you burn. If you don’t need to play or view files on the disc on a standard DVD player or a computer running an operating system other than Windows, you can choose the "Live File System" format by selecting the "Like a USB Flash Drive" instead of the "CD/DVD Player" option in the Burn a Disc window. However, if you select the "Like a USB Flash Drive" option before burning the dual-layer disc, you will only be able to view the contents of the disc on a computer running Windows XP or later. You can view discs burned with the Live File System on standalone players or computers running operating systems other than Windows.


  • Windows supports burning to Blu-ray dual-layer (BD) discs in addition to standard dual-layer DVDs. However, a known bug in Windows 7 prevents users from using the entire capacity of a BD disc. With Windows 7, you can only use 46GB of the 50GB capacity available for burning. So, if you want to burn more than 46GB to a dual-layer BD disc, you must use a third-party burning application. At the time of publication, Microsoft has not released a fix or update for the BD disc bug nor announced plans to do so. Windows 7 burns to standard DVD dual-layer discs without any issues.

Items you will need

  • Dual-layer DVD-R or DVD+R disc

About the Author

Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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