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How Much Data Do the Different DVD Formats Hold?

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Question: What are the different DVD Sizes?

Answer: There are four different DVD sizes:

Double Layer (sometimes called Dual Layer) and Double-Sided DVDs each hold more than the standard 4.7GB of a single-sided single layer DVD. Many new DVD Burners for computers burn Double-Sided and Double (or Dual) Layer DVDs. Learn more about the different DVD sizes below.

  • DVD-5
  • DVD-10
  • DVD-9
  • DVD-18
  • Double Layer DVDs

Let's take a look at each disc. Oh, if you need a little primer, check out our article on the different formats you can record in.

DVD-5 holds 4.7GB and is supported by the DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW formats. It is also known as Single-Sided Single Layer.

DVD-10 holds 8.75GB and is supported by the DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW formats. It is also known as Double-Sided Single Layer.

DVD-9 holds 8.5GB and is supported by the DVD+R and DVD-R formats. It is also known as Single-Sided Double Layer (sometimes called Dual Layer). The official names are DVD-R DL and DVD+R DL

DVD-18 holds 15.9GB and is supported by the DVD+R format. It is also known as Double-Sided Double Layer (or Double-Sided Dual Layer).

You must have a DVD Burner for your PC that will burn Double Layer and/or Double-Sided DVDs to use these different discs.

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