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Burning A Large ISO File To A DVD


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#1 george321

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:15 PM

I have a 6 gig ISO file. I only have the standard 4.7g dvd"s. How do i go about burning it. Can I split it into two files and burn? If so what do I use to do it? i have DVDFab 8, DVD Flick, DVD Decrypter, DVD Shrink, IMG Burn. Thanks

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:54 PM

Can your DVD burner burn dual layer?

If yes, use a dual layer DVD.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:43 PM

Dc3's solution is the easiest. Most current drives can burn dual-layer but the disks are much more expensive than single layer.

Another route, though not so convenient is to open the ISO in something like MagicISO, recover the files and burn part of the set as one standard data DVD and the rest on another. Although I've never tried it with an ISO, you could probably use something like Winzip or WinRAR and make a self-extracting two-part archive and save those on 2 data DVDs. There are also utilities to do the same thing such as HJSplit etc. You would have to copy the multiple parts on to your HDD to reassemble the ISO.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:57 PM

Another route, though not so convenient is to open the ISO in something like MagicISO, recover the files and burn part of the set as one standard data DVD and the rest on another. Although I've never tried it with an ISO, you could probably use something like Winzip or WinRAR and make a self-extracting two-part archive and save those on 2 data DVDs. There are also utilities to do the same thing such as HJSplit etc. You would have to copy the multiple parts on to your HDD to reassemble the ISO.


The problem with this solution is determining exactly where you can break the file so that it maintains continuity without overlapping.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:46 PM

Dc3, are you referring to Winzip/WinRAR method? As far as I am aware you can split a file into as many pieces as you want and it will be exactly the same file when recombined. I tried splitting a small ISO with WinRAR into two parts. When reassembled the MD5 was identical to the original. Isn't that the point of these utilities when used to split files? Could you explain further why you think there would be a problem?

Edit: I think I get what you were talking about. If it was a software installation disk, you would want all the files on one disk in uncompressed form. If that was the case you would have to use a dual-layer disk. If it were just data, then you could go the MagicISO route. If you were just archiving the files in the ISO then any method I mentioned would be fine.

Edited by Nanobyte, 01 December 2012 - 05:30 PM.


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Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:59 PM

Edit: I think I get what you were talking about. If it was a software installation disk, you would want all the files on one disk in uncompressed form. If that was the case you would have to use a dual-layer disk. If it were just data, then you could go the MagicISO route. If you were just archiving the files in the ISO then any method I mentioned would be fine.


That was my point.



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Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:40 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. What I ended up doing was to convert the iso file to a mpeg and then it was easy to encode and burn. Thanks again




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