Not all DVDs are created equal. A DVD-5 is a standard, read-only DVD. This disc can hold 4.7 GB of data, which is a drastic improvement over the 700 to 800 MB capacity of a standard CD. A DVD-R is a recordable disc that can hold up to 4.7 GB of data. You can burn content on this disc using a standard DVD burner.
Hold the DVD in your hand, with the label side of the disc facing up.
Look on the disc's label for the "DVD-R" logo. If this logo is present, you are holding a DVD-R disc. If the label side of your disc is blank, look on the oroginal product packaging.
Look on the disc label for the "dual layer" logo. If the disc is not writable, it is not a DVD-R. If the disc is single layered (meaning the "DL" logo is not present on the label), then you are holding a DVD-5. If the label side of your disc is blank, look on the original packaging.
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