DVD Capacity: How Much Data Can Different DVDs Hold

Last Updated: October 20th, 2023By Categories: Burn DVD

We know DVDs for their durability and capacity to store large amounts of files, making them ideal for storing movies, audios, and photos in different file formats.

There Are multiple kinds of DVDs on the market now and different DVDs can store different amounts of data. DVDs can be single-sided or double-sided and on each side, there can be one or two layers for storing data and each layer can hold up to 47GB of data.

When you need to purchase a DVD to burn your videos, you might question what kind of DVD format you should buy? Or does the DVD you bought have enough storage for your files?

In this article, let’s find out how much data a DVD can hold and discuss the different DVDs.

Different Types of DVD and their Storage Capacity

There are 2 types of DVDs, one-sided and two-sided. Here are the attributes that help you decide what type of disc you are going to purchase.

The capacity of One-sided DVD

First, let’s look at the two One-sided Discs:

DVD-5 (DVD SL) : 4.7GB

It is a single-layer disc supported by the DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW formats. It can hold up to 4.7GB of storage that is equivalent to 120-133 minutes of high-quality audio and video. Among other discs, DVD-5 is the most popular and is most commonly used because its storage capacity is more than enough to hold movies, applications, and more.

DVD-9 (DVD DL) : 8.5GB

The DVD+R and DVD-R formats support DVD-9. It is a double-layer disc with a storage capacity of 8.5GB. The DVD-9 format is not as common as DVD-5. Though we still use it in films if the movie is over 120 minutes since DVD-9 can store up to 240 minutes of video.

Remember that DVD-9 is not available in rewritable formats like DVD-RW and DVD+RW.

The capacity of Two-sided DVD

DVD-10 (DVD SL): 9.4GB

The DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW formats support DVD-10. DVD-10 is a single-layer double-sided disc which means you have to flip it to the other side when you use it since it has data on both sides. It can store up to 9.4GB of data, which is equivalent to 120 minutes of video.

DVD-18 (DVD DL): 17GB

DVD-18 is a dual-layer double-sided disc, it can hold up to 17GB of data which is equivalent to 480 minutes of video. But DVD-18 has already become obsolete, you can still buy second-hand discs online (ex. eBay).

The practical capacity of DVD

DVDs are pre-installed with some system files that take up a little space on the disc. This means that you can’t actually use the indicated capacity. So the practical capacity is lower than 4.7GB.

Disc Type Side Layer Theoretical Capacity (GB) Practical DVD Capacity (GB) Video Minutes
DVD-5 1 1 4.7 4.3 120 minutes
DVD-9 1 2 8.5 7.95 240 minutes
DVD-10 2 1 9.4 8.75 266 minutes
DVD-18 2 2 17 15.90 480 minutes

Now that you know the features of each disc and have already decided which one to buy. It’s now time to know how to burn your videos into DVDs.

How to transfer videos to DVD

Burning or transferring your videos to a DVD is easy. Using echoshare DVD Creator, burning and creating your videos will be simple. DVD Creator is compatible with both DVD-5 and DVD-9. You can burn most types of media format into DVD using echoshare DVD Creator. With its user-friendly interface, and amazing features.

Create your own DVD video now with DVD Creator’s in-app video editing features and a wide variety of menu templates. Experience high-speed burning without quality loss.

Steps on How to Burn Videos to DVD

Step 1: Launch echoshare DVD Creator, and import the target file.

Upload Files to Tipard

Tip: Tick Power Tools to edit your videos.

Edit Videos with Tipard

Step 2: Set Aspect Ratio and Video Quality. Remember to set the quality to High to burn videos without quality loss.

Step 3: Set Disc Type depending on your file size and your preferred resolution. Then click Next.

Set Disc Type

Step 4: Create your Disc Menu and choose from different templates. If you prefer not to have a menu just click the No Menu option. When you’re done, proceed to Burn.

Create Personalized Disc Menu

Step 5: Select Burn to Disc and set TV Standard then click Start.

Tip: Tip: If you wish to save your video as an ISO file just tick Save as ISO, or if you want to save it on your hard drive select Folder Path.

Start Burning Process
Wait until the process finishes and enjoy your video.

Wait until the Burning Process Is Done


Although the differences between these DVDs are not that big, it is still important to know. It will help us in choosing what disc fits our needs, especially when we want to transfer our files into a DVD. We want to make sure that the disc we choose has enough storage for our files.


DVD-5 is the best quality disc. It supports both DVD-RW and DVD+RW which means you can still edit your files after burning them. Its capacity is just right to store your favorite movies and has a reasonable price.

DVDs are a brilliant choice for backup and archive. Choosing a DVD+R or DVD-R is ideal, as these write-once discs prevent contents from being erased or mistakenly replaced.

DVDs come in different formats, here are some that are commonly used:

  • DVD-R and DVD+R- Can be recorded only once.
  • DVD-RW and DVD+RW- Can be written to, erased, and rewritten many times.
  • DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL- Has two layers; writing/rewriting are slower than other formats.
  • Different DVD format and sizes storage capacity
DVD Formats Sides Layers Capacity (GB) Video Minutes Rewritable
DVD+R Double-sided 1 9.4 240 minutes only once
Single-sided 4.7 120-133 minutes
DVD-R Double-sided 1 9.4 240 minutes only once
Single-sided 4.7 120-133 minutes
DVD-RW Double-sided 1 9.4 240 minutes 1000 times
Single-sided 4.7 120-133 minutes
DVD+RW Double-sided 1 9.4 240 minutes 1000 times
Single-sided 4.7 120-133 minutes
DVD+R DL Double-sided 2 8.5 240 minutes
Single-sided 4.7
DVD-R DL Double-sided 2 8.5 240 minutes
Single-sided 4.7

They designed a CD or Compact disk for the audio format, while they designed a DVD or Digital Video Disk as a universal storage format, it also has more storage capacity than a CD.