How to Burn Large Files to Multiple DVDs

By Andrew Meer

A single-layer DVD has a storage capacity of around 4.7 GB (gigabytes), which is quite enough to hold most types of files. However, you can't burn files that are larger than 4.7GB onto a single-layer DVD. One way to circumvent this problem is to split the file into multiple parts by using a file archiver such as WinRAR or WinZIP.

Things You'll Need

  • WinRAR, WinZip or HJSplit

WinRAR

Step 1

Download and install WinRAR.

Step 2

Right-click the file that you want to burn onto multiple DVDs and select the option labeled "Add to Archive." Click the "General" tab on the "Advanced Name and Parameters" dialog box. Click on the drop-down menu under the "Split to Volumes, Bytes" section and select "DVD+R: 4481 MB."

Step 3

Click "OK" to split the file into multiple sections. For example, if the file size is 8 GB, WinRAR will split the file into two parts. If the file size is 16 GB, WinRAR will split the file into 4 parts.

Step 4

Use the built-in disc-burning utility in Windows Explorer to burn file parts onto multiple DVDs. You can also use any third-party disc-burning utilities to do the task.

WinZip

Step 1

Download and install WinZip.

Step 2

Right-click the file that you want to burn onto multiple DVDs, point to WinZip and select the option labeled "Add to Zip File." Click on the drop-down menu under the "Split ZIP file" section and select "4700MB (sized for DVD-ROM)." Click "Add" to split the ZIP file.

Step 3

Use the built-in disc-burning utility in Windows Explorer to burn file parts onto multiple DVDs. You can also use any third-party disc-burning utilities to do the task.

HJ-Split

Step 1

Download and open "HJSplit."

Step 2

Click on the "Input File" button to select the file that you want to split. Click on the "Output" button to specify a location to save the file parts.

Step 3

Type "4400" into the "Split File Size" box and select "Mbytes" using the drop-down menu. Click "Start" to split the file.

Step 4

Use the built-in disc-burning utility in Windows Explorer to burn file parts onto multiple DVDs. You can also use any third-party disc-burning utilities to do the task.