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DVD Burners?

by Walt H / December 31, 2004 12:43 AM PST

I'm considering installing a DVD Burner (Double Layer). For minimum requirements most of the burners say to have 10 to 20 GB free space.

I have a 40 GB HD but it's partitioned into 4 equal parts (with each having less than 10 GB free space). Does this REALLY make a difference?

P.S. If necessary, I have a CD/RW - DVD ROM drive installed which I can use to do "on the fly" burning.

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Are you sure that's GB?
by chuckieu / December 31, 2004 2:17 AM PST
In reply to: DVD Burners?

MBs would make more sense. chuck

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Positive it's GB...
by Walt H / December 31, 2004 2:22 AM PST

Minimum Systems Requirements

CPU: Pentium

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This is where partitions can cripple a system.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2004 3:07 AM PST
In reply to: DVD Burners?

If such was all one partition you may have the needed 9.4 to 18.8 GB to create a DVD to be burned. It's actually worse than that !!!

A creation at the office in the middle of processing soaked the hard disk for about 30GB for a single layer composition. The smallest drive in the office is 100GB so it's not an issue.

I'll write you'll probably be fighting disk space rather than enjoying the DVD recorder.

Bob

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Until....
by Walt H / December 31, 2004 3:17 AM PST

I either repartition the HD or upgrade the HD shouldn't it work burning FROM my DVD ROM/CD-RW to the DVD Burner? This way I won't actully need that much available space on the HD when burning a DVD.

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No. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2004 3:40 AM PST
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Direct copies rarely work. Even the noted DVDSHRINK may take some 2X the size of the DVD on the hard disk along the way but all that space comes back if you let it clean up.

As they say...

"Good luck with that."

Bob

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