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Burning or Writing DVDs Under Debian system

Posted by mafiaid on 6 November 2007

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If you want to burn DVD’s in debian you need
to install the “dvd+rw-tools”

dvd+rw-tools makes it possible to burn DVD images
created by dvdauthor or mkisofs to DVD+R, DVD+RW,
DVD-R, and DVD-RW disks, replacing cdrecord-proDVD
in many cases.

The package contains:

* growisofs to burn DVD images or create a data DVD on the fly  
* dvd+rw-format to format a DVD+RW  
* dvd+rw-mediainfo to give details about DVD disks

and some programs to control the write speed and
obtain information from DVD-RAM.

the maximum writing speed depends on the hardware
capabilities and then on the firmware. Using an
unsupported media will most likely not give you the
highest speed printed on the labels or that capable
by the writer. As an example: my writer says 16.1x
is supported on my Fujifilm 8x DVD+R (8x rated)
where as only 8.1x is supported on Fujifilm 8x DVD-R
(8x rated).

dvd+rw-tools package in debian

#apt-get install dvd+rw-tools


Initialize new DVD+RW media

#dvd+rw-format /dev/scd1

contents of a directory(or file) to a newly
initialized DVD+RW

#growisofs -Z /dev/scd1 -R -J

more stuff to an initialized DVD+RW

#growisofs -M /dev/scd1 -R -J

Write an
arbitrary pre-mastered image to a DVD+RW

You can write any data to the
disk with this command. But likely you will want to
stick to the old familiar iso9660.

#growisofs -Z /dev/scd1=image.iso

If you want to know more
options about growisofs check the man page.If you
want to check this man page click



It is also quite easy to use dvdrecord to burn an
existing iso image.Dvdrecord is simply a fork of
cdrecord that is designed to work with DVD media.


#readcd dev=0,1,0 f=somefile

#dvdrecord speed=2 dev=0,1,0
-v somefile

Create DVD from directory (DVD-R & DVD-RW)

#mkisofs -r -J -o iso_image

#dvdrecord -v speed=2
dev=0,1,0 -v iso_image

If you want to know more
options about mkisofs check the man page.If you want
to check this man page click


tools to burn CD/DVD’s

Reference links

DVD+RW/+R/-R[W] for Linux

Another command

$ growisofs -dvd-compat -input-charset=ISO-8859-1 -Z /dev/hda -R -J -pad “/my/directory/datas”

$ growisofs -dvd-compat -input-charset=ISO-8859-1 -Z /dev/hda -R -J
-pad -graft-points “/dir1=/my/directory/datas1”

$ growisofs -dvd-compat -input-charset=ISO-8859-1 -M /dev/hda -R -J -pad -graft-points “/morecontent=/my/new/dir”

growisofs -dvd-compat -Z /dev/hda=/path/to/image.iso


One Response to “Burning or Writing DVDs Under Debian system”

  1. Cialis said

    uz7ntD Excellent article, I will take note. Many thanks for the story!

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