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Windows 7: Can I burn onto a BD disk with a standard burner?

15 Dec 2011   #1

Can I burn onto a BD disk with a standard burner?

Hi Guys,
At the moment Im using an LG combo burner and was wondering if could use a Blu-ray disc to store larger amounts of media files like mp3s or video data because of the much greater space?
Obviously a standard or DL discs are ok but some of these BD discs hold 25 GB which would suite my situation much better.
If I need a Blu-ray Burner after all, whats good for the money?

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15 Dec 2011   #2
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

You will need a Blu-Ray burner to burn blu-ray discs. A Blu-Ray burner is backward compatible so you will still be able to burn DVD's and CD's :)
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15 Dec 2011   #3


Thanks Pooman, any ideas on the hardware and a good price?
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15 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

BD writer recommendations by jumanji :):

Internal Drive: Liteon iHBS 112
Internal Blu-ray Drive

USB external Slim drive: ASUS SBW-06C1S-U Blue

There may be other recent releases I may not know.:)

Google and read the reviews of whatever BD writer you may want to buy.
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15 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

here is some cheap media,
Blaze 4X Single Layer Write Once 25GB Blu-Ray Blank Disc

We have an LG Burner in our HD Editing Workstation and it works great.

this isn't the one we have but it's the same brand (ours is about 3 years old and was $300 back then), - LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal 12X Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback Blu-ray Disc Rewriter WH12LS38 LightScribe Support - Blu-Ray Burners
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17 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

But I think OP's question is whether the physically larger BluRay media can be PLAYED in a conventional CD/DVD drive, simply as a larger version of a CD or DVD.

In other words, instead of reading a "data disc" (say containing MP3 files or video files in an ordinary folder/file structure recognized by Windows Explorer) limited to 700MB for CD, or 4.7GB/8.5GB for SL/DL-DVD, could a 25GB SL-BD be written (by a suitable burner) and then used as an ordinary "larger data disc" in mechanical players that can read CD/DVD?

I don't think they can... not unless the reader drive in that mechanical player can also read BluRay media.

In other words, if you have a mechanical drive that can only read CD, then it cannot also read DVD... even though the data on the DVD is identical in format and structure to an equivalent CD. It can only read DVD media if it is a CD/DVD drive, capable of reading both forms of physical disc media.

Similarly, although you can certainly create a very large "data disc" on a blank BluRay media using a BluRay burner, you will only be able to use that disc on a mechanical drive that can read BluRay physical media... namely a CD/DVD/BD combo drive.

Now it is possible to say write a "BDMV" BluRay movie onto a SL/DL-DVD media in true BluRay BDMV format (because the movie clip/file is small enough to fit even in BDMV form) and then insert that disc into a mechanical BluRay player and play it successfully. In other words if the BDMV file will fit on a conventional blank DVD, you can do that and it will play exactly as if it were on the more expensive (and much larger, but unneeded here) blank BluRay media and present all of the HD audio and video formats, exactly as if it were a true commercial BluRay movie. But the BluRay player drive can obviously read ALL physical media formats... BD, DVD, and CD.

So in order to be able to use a "data disc" written onto BluRay BD blank media, even if nothing more than folder/files written to the 25GB capacity disc by a BluRay-capable burner drive... you will need to have a mechanical drive in the reader/player which is also BluRay-capable. A standard CD/DVD drive cannot be used to read such a disc. You must have a CD/DVD/BD drive to read all of those physical media types.

Pretty sure this is the story.
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