Can't view pictures burned on DVD-RW. HELP!
Posted 13 October 2009 - 08:26 PM
Posted 14 October 2009 - 12:16 AM
I suspect that you might have used a packet-writing program called Drag-to-Disc, which used to be supplied along with regular burning software until a year or two ago. This system involves "formatting" a disc and then later dragging your photos or files onto an icon like the one below, whereupon the system would burn those files onto your disc. When you finished with the disc you would "eject" it, and usually you'd be asked how you wanted it closed.
If the formatting and closing of your DVDRW don't jog your memory, one way which might identify a packet-written disc is to look at it in My Computer. A DATA DVD will normally show its file system as a CDFS disc [my drive Z:] while a packet-disc shows as UDF [my drive Y:]. Video DVDs will normally show as UDF, but data ones shouldn't.
Theoretically you should be able to read the disc on other computers, but in practice this didn't often happen, and very frequently discs would become totally unreadable in many machines. Eventually the system was dropped by Roxio. If this is what has happened to your disc, you need to try data recovery.
Our members here have found that either IsoBuster from Isobuster.com or CDRoller from CDRoller.com are very good recovery programs. They cost you money to buy the full version and recover your files, but I believe they both have trial versions which will indicate what files they can recover before you need to pay any cash.
There is another possibility, and that is that a crucial part of your RW disc has worn out - they don't last forever and when they do fail they tend to fail quickly. However I think that the packet-writing problem is the one which is affecting you - especially if one DVD player can still read the disc. There were a very few DVD players with firmware coded to handle packet-written discs.
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