Samsung includes Nero Express burning software with
the WriteMaster SE-W164. It is more useful than most of the other standard
burning utilities but I would have liked to see a full version of Nero Burning
As you can see here the
Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 is compatible with pretty much every media standard
except DVD-RAM. It does not support Mount Rainier writing.
Dual-layer DVD media can store 8.4GB of data,
which is exactly twice that of its single-layer counterparts capacity of 4.7GB.
This is because DL DVD media has two dye layers for data recording.
Heat caused by the drive's laser beam modifies the physical and chemical
structure of each dye layer to form patterns which can be read by the same laser
(at a lower intensity) as digital data.
Each dye layer is separated by a spacer
and a metal reflector. The metal layer reflects the laser light, allowing the
drive to 'read' the data by observing the reflections. The first reflector
(positioned after the first dye layer) is semi-transparent; when the laser is
focused a certain way, it will pass through this reflector and continue through
to the second dye layer and bounce off the second metal reflector. This allows
the drive to read the second layer of data. The second reflector is completely
opaque and will not allow the laser beam to pass any further. Thus, by
modulating the frequency of its laser beam, a dual-layer capable DVD-writer can
read and write to dual-layer DVD discs.
There are a couple of ways to indicate
dual-layer media. The most common is 'DVD+R DL' but it's also sometimes
indicated as DVD+R9. Obviously, both the drive and the media need to be
dual-layer capable in order to access the extra storage space afforded by these
8.4GB monster optical discs!
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