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    MeeLee is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    I don't know if this question applies to manga or this site specifically...more like anime that you can download via BitTorrent, IRC, etc. Either way, I was just wondering if, once I've installed my DVD burner into my computer, it requires any extra storage space to actually BURN a DVD. I'm talking buffer space, kind of, because I have a 13 GB series that I need to burn but I only have about 4 GBs of free space left, and I don't know whether trying to burn the anime onto DVDs will crash my computer or not.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    When you talk of buffer i think you are referring to the buffer created in the RAM. When you are burning usually the data is provided faster than the writer can burn, so it's stored in a virtual disk which is the buffer. As long as you have sufficient RAM I think you should be okay.
    However if you are copying DVD to DVD, then that's a different story. Anyone wanna correct me on this?

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    i think you are half right.
    i know a dvd burner/cd burner uses the HD for faster burns, that is if you enable that option.
    but 13gigs left? small hard drive or just alot of anime?
    if it was me, id upgrade that sucker to 100 gig if you want anime. or at least buy a new HD and have someone install it for me if i didnt know.

    but 13gigs? *scratches chin* it would seem to be alright, although i still think any hard drives 20gb and under are pointless. 50gig ones are pushing it.
    but thats just me

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    The drive itself has a bit of memory on it that is usually refered to as the 'buffer', so there is nothing you can do about that. As far a physical memory goes (your RAM) just make sure that you have the ammount or more installed that the drive recommends on the box. The same should apply to your free hard disk space. Whatever it says on the box of your burner it should have, as well as (not in addition to) how much free space your burning program recommends (go with the higher of the two recommendations).

    That said, I don't know how much hard disk space a burning program usually takes up for its temp file (the one they put on the HD while buring), so you will have to look at the box/instructions as I said before. You may also have read that some people (me) like to make image files of what they are going to burn, before they burn it (which may be what you are refering to). As a DVD is about 4.7 GB in size, you will need that much space to make the image file, plus the space that is needed for the temp file.

    I would think that you would be fine to at least install the drive and burn files as long as you don't burn more files equal in size than the free space you have left on the drive (ex. if you have 4 GB left, don't burn 4.3 GB). The best thing you might do at this point (short of getting a bigger drive or external drive) is burn some files onto a CD/DVD Rewrightable disk, check the burn integrity, and then delete thoes files from the HD to free up the space needed to make a full DVD(s) of the files you want to burn. Once thoes are created, you can put the other files back and erase the CD-RWs or DVD-RWs. Thats probably what I would do.

    One last thing. If you want to play the files in a normal DVD player, you may need to reformat them to a different file type. For example, I had a bunch of files in OGM format that had to be in AVI for my DVD creation software to encode them to MPEG2 (what DVD players use). This of course caused me to make the AVIs, leaving me with 2 of the same video files on my HD, which is more space. Vicious cycle.

    Good luck.
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    nicely said, and welcome to the forums!

 

 

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