If you have never heard the term overburning before, at least in terms of how it applies to CDs and DVDs you are probably safer staying far away from it.  On the other hand, if you have managed to physically damage an optical drive by overburning, this overview from OCMODSHOP will seem like familiar territory.  Overburning takes advantage of the roughly 10% of the disk that remains unused in a normal burn.  The reason that there is unused space is to prevent damage to burners as well as to help with compatibility. Find out more about the dark side of data recording here.

“I personally think that overburning is a very unstable process. I don’t like it, and I never suggest that you do it. But if you feel the need to go to the Dark Side, then here are a few tips to get you on your way. First, make sure your burner is capable of overburning. Keep in mind that even if you do succeed in overburning your disc, you might not be able to use it afterward on anything but your computer. I’ll explain why later.”

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