Optical discs are not as popular today as a few years ago. just can be credited to flash storage and other storage options becoming cheaper and faster day by day. However, some people still prefer burning large amounts of data to optical disks such as CDs and DVDs.
A typical DVD maxes out at 4.7 GB of storage space. if you have files larger than that, you will need to store the data across multiple DVDs. If it is one large file that you are looking to distribute, here I shall discuss how to burn large files on multiple DVDs.
Burn Large ISO To Multiple DVDs
The size on an optical disk is usually enough to hold most files. however certain packages may be larger than the storage space on a single disc. this especially true for package installers like ISO and IMG files. Luckily, you can use file archivers to split the file into multiple parts and then burn different parts to different discs.
later on, we shall also discuss how you can burn a file across multiple DVDs using disk spanning feature.
Use File Archiver To Burn Large ISO To Multiple DVDs
Here we will be using the free WinRAR file archiver to split large files in order to burn them onto multiple DVDs. Follow these steps for the same:
- Download WinRAR from the official website and install it on your computer.
- open File Explorer (keyboard shortcut Win + E) and navigate to the file that you want to split and burn onto multiple DVDs.
- right-click on this file and select ‘Add to archive’ have option.
- in the next window that opens, under the general tab click on the drop-down menu under the following option:
Split to volumes, Bytes
- Select the following option for 4.7 GB DVDs:
DVD+R: 4481 MB
Note: select the appropriate option according to your storage space.
- Click on the OK button to split the files.
WinRAR will now split the files automatically into a maximum file size of 4481 MB. the larger the size of the file is, the more parts the file will be split into accordingly.
now you can use have any disc burning software that you own, or even File Explorer in case of Windows 10 to burn the file parts onto multiple DVDs.
How To Burn Large Files On Multiple DVDs
To burn files across multiple discs, it is better to make use of a dedicated file burning software. This will allow you greater control over the settings, allowing you to fine-tune how you want the files split during multiple disc burning.
There are multiple applications available in the market for this particular functionality. We here will be talking about BurnAware free and CD burner XP, but you can use other applications with the disc spanning feature as well.
This is one of the oldest and most trusted programs among users for file burning. It is still one of the cleanest user interfaces you will see for any application, and navigating through the app is very easy. When you launch BurnAware Free, you will see a wizard that will guide you through the interface and help you burn your discs.
You will find the span disc option under the Data page. Click on it to launch the Span Disc window. This window is remarkably similar to how File Explorer looks, so you will not have a hard time adjusting to the user interface. At the bottom of the window, select the storage disc (CD or DVD).
The process is automated and once you select the files, the number of discs required will be shown to you as well. Once you click on the Burn button, The burning process will begin, and you will get a log of the overall progress at the end separated by disc numbers.
CD Burner XP
CD burner XP is another very popular app among the users, and most people use the portable version that does not come with ads. this is also very easy to navigate through, as the user interface takes very little time to get adjusted to for the users.
First, click on the Data disc on the landing window and click on the OK button. This will open the data compilation dialog box, Where you can add or remove files and folders according to your liking. the app will automatically display the space required Honda present disc inserted into the optical reader.
Click on the Burn button to begin the process. Once your disc reaches the maximum space, the app will show a prompt saying, ‘Disc Required’. Just insert the next disc after selecting the eject option.
So there you have it. now you know how to burn large files on multiple DVDs using the simple methods provided above. did you find this useful? Comment below if you did, and to discuss further the same.