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  1. Stas

    Small Bug

    Hello, There is a small issue with Roxio EMC10's main program. When I create an image of large (> 40GB) Blu-ray disc, the green progress bar disappears when the program reaches 41GB or so. The process of image creation continues and successfully finishes though. I'm running version 10.1.226 (the latest update downloaded from this site) on 32-bit Vista. Not a big deal, but still... Is there a more recent update to this program, by any chance? Thanks.
  2. Stas

    Small Bug

    I saw it. My friend purchased it recently.
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    Small Bug

    1) How come the 2009's UI says that 40.9GB of 49.3GB = 62% (should be ~83%) and 44.5GB of 49.3GB = 67% (should be ~90%)?! The progress indicator is wrong, then! Or maybe it is based on the number of files completely processed, in which case it is misleading! Also, 49.3GB is too much for a BD disc (probably that's why the first picture has exclamation mark at the bottom). Max. size is ~46.6GB. 2) You were creating a BD image out of files, while I was creating a BD image of existing disc ("Copy" -> "Create Image"). 3) I'm not going to upgrade to Roxio 2009 anyway as I like 10's UI better. Will use it while it works. If it stops (e.g. under Windows 7), will switch to something else (perhaps, ImgBurn, as occasional burning and image creation is the only thing I use Roxio for these days). Those numbers are cursed. This is what the movie says.
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    Small Bug

    I think I have already posted everything I know about this problem. I can only add 2 pictures for illustration: UI Right Before 41GB (the progress bar is present): UI Right After 41GB (the progress bar is NOT present): (Please click images to enlarge) I think only Roxio's programmers can help with this if they open the source code, find the bug, fix it, compile, test, then create a patch etc. etc. But this series of events sounds extremely unlikely. Partly because it really is just a small UI bug which does not affect functionality. The program does not crash and successfully completes image creation task.
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    Small Bug

    > I guess you really meant MyDVD? No. Home Program (the one you created screenshot of) -> Copy -> Create Image. I select .iso as file type. > You have the latest update and I doubt you will ever see another… This is what I thought. Thanks anyway.
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    Better Together

    Saw this on Amazon today: Could not resist to make a screenshot and post it here.
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    Provocation

    Hi Everyone, Just for your information, Roxio 10 is now available for preorder on Amazon.com: Roxio Easy Media Creator Suite 10 Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 Deluxe Availability: This item will be released on September 20, 2007. Pre-order now! Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available. Nero 8 is available for preorder as well: Nero 8 Ultra Edition Availability: This item will be released on September 1, 2007. I guess those who are waiting for The Patch will especially like this news. Best Regards.
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    Provocation

    I think, not really. They just have to release a new version each year, in September. There will be Roxio 11 in September 2008 if Roxio is doing well at that time. The quality of new version, how different it is from previous one and what happens to users of previous versions are all different questions...
  9. The link was found on DELL's site here. But if you read this DELL's article carefully, you will realise that it doesn't mention anywhere that the program was created specially for DELL or Vista. What it says: Microsoft Windows Vista may report that Sonic Drive Letter Access (a.k.a. Roxio Drag-to-Disc) is incompatible after Windows Vista starts. However, an update is now available for Windows Vista compatibility. And later: Click the Roxio Drag-to-Disc Download link. The File Download window appears. So it refers to this program as "Roxio Drag-to-Disc Download". No mention that it is for DELL or for Vista. So I insist (and my experience confirms this) that this program is a standalone installer for "Roxio Drag-to-Disc 9" which fixes lots of bugs present in original version shipped with EMC9 (including Vista incompatibility and BSODs). You can see the content of d2d3290.exe by opening it in WinRar. You will then see that the content of this file is the same as the content of D2D32_90 folder of EMC9 installation CD. If you do not believe me, ask developers from Sonic/Roxio. They do not seem to inform you well on this subject (as well as others). The link will actually help to everyone who uses Drag-to-Disc and experienses problems with it, i.e. BSODs. So far the only thing you were able to tell those people was to stop using Drag-to-Disc and uninstall it completely from a computer, which is not a constructive advice at all. And now that someone (not me) found a real solution which really works you are trying to downplay it as much as you can for reasons I do not understand at all. If you do not like Packet-Writing software, you are entitled to have this opinion, but you are here not to express your personal opinions on various subjects, but to help people in solving problems.
  10. It is for XP as well. (Perfectly works for me.) The patch will ask to uninstall any older versions if it detects them. If one needs D2D functionality with no crashes he will get it with this patch. If not, then uninstall is the way to go.
  11. Indeed there IS an update here: http://docs.roxio.com/patches/d2d3290.exe
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    Drag to Disc Roxio 9 and vista

    Install this patch for D2D: http://docs.roxio.com/patches/d2d3290.exe
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    Drag To Disk Crashes

    Hi James, This program seems to be just a standalone installer for D2D. The executable is just an archive. If you have a WinRar or similar program, right click on the executable, and in WinRar menu select "Open With WinRar". You will see what's inside. You can also extract all the files to a separate folder and run setup from there. You will see that there is nothing Dell-specific there. Just updated version of D2D 9. I was able to install it on XP (Compaq laptop) and Vista (Sony laptop). BTW, despite my initial excitement about burning applications in Vista they do not seem to be good at all. If you create a 'Mastered' disc, you need twice as much free space as the amount of data you are going to write. Also when it writes VIDEO_TS folders, it ignores the information in .IFO files. Recording program shoud either place files on DVD according to what it reads from .IFO files (as RecordNow, aka 'Home' does), or alter .IFO files to reflect file positions on disc (as other programs do, e.g. ImgBurn). Microsoft's software doesn't do either, so DVD players do not recognize the resulting disc. . Packet writing seems to be OK (no BSOD, which is already good), but when it formats DVD+RW disc, you only get about 4 GB of space, while D2D gives you 4.3 GB. So it looks like Roxio will stay for the time being.
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    Drag-to-Disk Says Recorder is Busy

    Try this update, it might help (no guarantee, though): http://docs.roxio.com/patches/d2d3290.exe
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    Drag To Disk Crashes

    Hi mikeuk, Roxio has finally created an update patch for D2D9, and published it on a Dell website here. This is the direct link: http://docs.roxio.com/patches/d2d3290.exe You can read the whole story on this thread: http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?showtopic=16911 This patch should fix BSOD problem. The program can also be used as a standalone installer for D2D, it seems. It even works on Vista. I think someone shold publish this link in "Software Updates" or in "Tips And Tricks" section in a thread about D2D.
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    Drag To Disk Crashes

    Hi mikeuk, Don't waste your time installing and uninstalling programs trying to get rid of BSOD while working with D2D 9. The problem is not in your computer configuration, it's in D2D 9 itself. Roxio now sells EMC 9 Deluxe which includes newer version of D2D which is free of this problem. Maybe they will post an update patch for EMC 9 which also solves this problem. Or maybe not...
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    Naming dvd disc

    Just curious. What program has such a problem? I haven't seen anything like that yet.
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    Burn fails midway

    James, I'm just wondering why you and others always recommend using Creator Classic for normal (i.e. session-based) burning? I always use "Home", which is basically RecordNow as I understand. I did not have any single problem with it, except maybe that "Add Data" button split to "Add Files" (which only allows you to select files) and "Add Folder" (which allows to select a single folder) is just stupid and completely useless. I usually use Windows Explorer to select and copy files and folders which I want to write to a disc, then use "Paste" option in "Home". The way this button worked in RecordNow 7.5 was much better (I had RecordNow 7.5 preinstalled on my notebook). Other than that, RecordNow ("Home") works perfectly for me.
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    Drag to Disc - Blue Screen

    Finally I'm back to this thread... I have (actually, had) Norton AntiVirus installed on both computers on which I had a Blue Screen while working with D2D. Auto-Protect was enabled too. It looks like uninstalling NAV or even simply disabling Auto-Protect greatly reduces chances of getting a Blue Screen. Even copying large amout of data at once to a newly formatted disc went flawlessly on a computer on which I uninstalled NAV completely. But I cannot tell you for sure that this fixes all problems completely. First, I don't think I have been working with it enough to call this new experience statistically correct. Second, I did have a blue screen once during the eject even with Auto-Protect disabled. But definitely D2D works much better without an AntiVirus. I just thought the problem is caused only by Norton, but since systems with McAfee and ZoneAlarm also experience a Blue Screen, this does not seem to be the case.
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    Drag to Disc - Blue Screen

    Hi some1, Do you have any antivirus installed on your computer? Which one? Do you have 'Real-Time Scan' enabled? If yes, try to disable it temporarily and repeat what you did what caused a blue screen. Try to copy large amount of data to disc at once. Same question to James, who says he haven't seen a blue screen while working with D2D 9 so far. The reason I'm asking this is because after my latest experiments antivirus became the primary suspect for D2D 9 blue screen. I will tell you which one after you both answer my question. As to dates, I only copy files to D2D formatted discs from Windows Explorer. I'm happy that file dates are all preserved. As to folder dates, my understanding is that it is default Microsoft's behavior to create folders with current dates, so I don't worry about it that much.
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    Drag 2 Disc and Vista

    Hi James, You are lucky you are not getting Blue Screen while working with D2D. I do get it quite often. And other people were posting same problem to this forum as well. Just two days ago I had to format another disc and fill it with data. I had three blue screens before I finally wrote all the data. Actualy I almost got used to it. It doesn't seem to break any files which are already there, only the last bunch of data which are being copied when this happens gets lost. So I have to copy again. I uninstalled all the programs which I thought might have interfered with D2D, like VirtualCloneDrive, AnyDVD, even iTunes (it has some GEAR driver related to CD/DVD). Not just uninstalled, but examined whether some driver files left and deleted those which left. Also updated video driver (because once Microsoft report told me that the driver caused the crash was video driver, all the other times it was saying 'unknown device driver'). Nothing helped. I have the same problem on my laptop. It has completely different hardware, also different drive manufacturer. Software installed is similar though. So I think it is purely software problem. Actually I think it is D2D 9 problem, because this only happens when it copies files and it was not happening with previous version of it. I can send you records from the event log and dumps created by Windows if you are interested. > You do realize that the developers who are supplying MS with packet writing are same negligent developers who wrote DLA and D2D??? As to this, I hope Microsoft has better quality control and that they thoroughly tested and maybe even reviewed the source code of that Sonic's "Burning Engine" before they let it be shipped with Vista. So they negated the effect of those "negligent developers". I might be wrong, but this is just my first impression: burning in Vista works properly, while burning in EMC9 doesn't. Well, it works somehow. But not as it should.
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    Drag 2 Disc and Vista

    I't all clear with hard drives and flash. But we are discussing optical discs here. And to make a backup of only changed files to an optical disc using any "good backup software" you need a UDF-formatted disc and packet writing software installed on computer. I just wrote this, but now I think that this only applies to backup software which makes backup by maintaining an exact copy of files and folders on destination drive / disc. The backup software I encountered with usually creates some kind of archives every time it backs up something and I now think that with this type of software session based recording can indeed be used... But actually I don't use any backup sotware at all. Whether I back up to an external hard drive or UDF formatted DVDs, I just copy folders which I want to back up to the destination drive / disc as they are and later use folder comparison software which reports differencies between folders and then manually synchronise folders using Windows Explorer.
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    Drag 2 Disc and Vista

    Hi James, Well, the Sonic's article is written for non-technical public, so it does not explicitly mention "packet writing" because no one would understand what it means. So while statements like "The built-in AuthorScript engine provides features within Windows Vista that help users archive digital memories to CDs and DVDs, create custom music discs, and perform important data backup functions." is pure marketing, the title of that article, which is "Sonic Provides Burning Engine in Windows Vista", says everything. I do not use packet writing for permanent recordings to +/-R discs because it is inpractical to use it in this case. Normal session-based writing is more suitable here. It should also be faster, because from my understanding of how it works in case of packet writing the recording program has to constantly check what's going on on the disc during writing, while in case of session-based writing it just writes an "image" which it creates in its "head" prior to writing. So while packet writing is more sophisticated technique, its use for +/-R discs creates unnecessary overhead without giving any advantage. But I also see it absolutely inpractical to use session based writing in cases where I use packet writing. Suppose you have a folder, say "My Documents" which constantly changes. I add, edit and delete files there every day. I would like to have a disc with the content of that folder for two purposes: 1) Just to keep another backup copy of files. 2) To be able to work with files on my home laptop. So, according to those who hates packet writing, should I re-backup the whole content of "My Documents" at the end of a working day just because I added one file, deleted another and changed yet another? Is this what you are suggesting to do? No way! But my main point is that even if we assume that you are right that packet writing technology is more prone to sudden errors because of it's complexity, most problems (99.9%) which people experience with packet writing software currently on the market are not due to issues inherent to packet writing, but due to trivial bugs in software and development decisions made. It is not inherent packet writing problem, that Drag-To-Disc 9 causes "Blue Screen" every now and then, nor is the fact that it was made incompatible with discs created by previous versions. Or that Nero InCD was putting current dates for copied files in four consecutive versions of the software from the end of June to the end of November (they finally fixed this bug in Nero 7.5.9.0). So if the implementation of packet writing in Vista proves to be good, the packet writing technology will finally wash away the stain of irreliability, which was put on it by negligent developers of current software. Regards, Stas
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    Drag 2 Disc and Vista

    This is what I was also saying here: http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?...amp;#entry64753 And burning software included in Vista was actually developed by Sonic/Roxio according to this press release: http://www.sonic.com/about/press/news/2006/10/vista.aspx And given how good it is in Vista in terms of reliability and compatibility I just cannot understand why they couldn't do the same with Drag-To-Disc included in EMC9. Whatever some people say, packet writing is very useful functionality. Of course you will not use it for permanent writings to write-once discs like DVD+/-R, but for +/-RW discs where your data change incrementally I do not see anything wrong in using it.
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    file tagging

    Hi Dave, This thing (Media Manager) uses the functionality of NTFS file system, called Alternate Data Streams (ADS), for storing tag data. You need special utility to see and manage these. I use "ADS Locator" to see ADS streams, and "Streams" command-line utility from sysinternals.com to delete them. You can find more if you search Google or Wikipedia for "Alternate Data Streams". Personally, I do not select "Media Manager" and some other related components (i.e. Digital Home or something like that) at all when I install EMC. I do not like this type of functionality and if I tell everything what I think about it, I think my message will be deleted. In addition, previous version of it (in EMC8) was changing dates of all files for which it was adding tags. I do not know whether they fixed this or not because as I said since then I never install it. Regards, Stas
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