Note: Support for CD/DVD burning was removed in SyncBackPro V9.

We are pleased to report that our commercial programs are fully compatible with Windows 8 (or newer) with one exception: SyncBackPro and raw CD/DVD burning. The current version of SyncBackPro, to the best of our knowledge at this time, will only be able to create CD/DVDs when run in Windows 7 compatibility mode.

SyncBackPro first supported raw CD/DVD burning over four years ago with the release of V5.0.0.12. In those days, a DVD could still be counted as a relatively large capacity storage option, but things have changed, and we're now all used to 2 TB drives. Let's have a look to see how DVDs stack up.

The most common kind of DVD is called a DVD-5 (1 side, 1 layer) having 4.7GB of storage. Double-sided DVDs are rarely used, but here are some other options - if you can find the disks:

  • DVD-9 8.54GB Single sided, Dual layer
  • DVD-10 9.40GB Double sided, Single layers
  • DVD-14 13.24GB Double sided, One side single layer, one side dual layer
  • DVD-18 17.08GB Double sided, Dual layer

So as we can see, the largest possible capacity for DVD is a little over 17GB. Some may have a Blu-Ray writer, and that does provide a little larger capacity at 25GB (single-layer), or 50GB (dual). The capacity of the Flash drive on a digital camera here at 2BrightSparks HQ is 64GB, so it's not hard to see why CD/DVD/Blu-Ray are quickly becoming redundant for data storage.

DVDs are costly, generally take longer to backup to as compared with an external drive, and are not as reliable media as external high capacity hard drives, which are now commonplace and relatively inexpensive.