Storing Digital Image Files on a DVD - dummies

Storing Digital Image Files on a DVD

You can copy your digital photo files onto a DVD by using your computer’s DVD burner (this figure shows an external DVD burner). A DVD can store more digital images than a CD, and DVD burners have largely replaced CD-only burners in most computers.


DVDs come in more than one variety:

  • DVDs: The prerecorded kind of DVDs come with stuff already written to them. You can view what’s on them, but you can’t erase the stuff from and then rewrite to them.

  • DVD+R and DVD–R discs: Can be written to only once. The plus/minus varieties are separate formats, but most drives and burners can read both types. The –R version can be slightly more compatible with some television DVD players.

  • DVD+RW and DVD–RW discs: Can be written to, erased, and written to again.

  • DVD Dual Layer discs: Require a dual-layer compatible drive or player.

What kind of DVD you copy your digital photos to depends on the equipment you have and what you want to use that DVD for.