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Feel the Burn

If you've been making do without a DVD burner, now's the time to take advantage of recent advancements and upgrade your hardware.

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This story appears in the December 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

A few years ago, DVD burners were considered luxury items out of reach of most growing businesses. How the times have changed. Now, most midrange and high-end business desktops come with DVD burners already installed. But for those of you with older hardware, upgrading is an affordable option.

There's been some big news this year in DVD advancements. You've been hearing about double-layer (DL) technology, a feature that increases the disc capacity substantially. The good news is that a special DL disc holds up to 8.5GB of data, up from the 4.7GB of a standard DVD. The less-than-stellar news is that special DL discs can cost upward of $10 apiece, and the burning speeds top out at about 2.4x (compared to up to 16x for other DVD formats). You can expect to wait awhile when filling one of these with data.

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