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Multidisc project fails to accept second blank disc


Scuba_Steve1974

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I am attempting to burn a multidisc data project, and the software is telling me that it will take 6 blank discs. I inserted the first, and everything worked fine. The app burned disc #1 just fine and is now requesting a second disc. I inserted another disc, hit OK, the disc spins up, and then the app rejects the disc.

 

I keep getting the error:

Please insert a disc in this drive with at least this amount of free space : 2,298,240blocks.

(510:43:15 MSF / 4.4GB).

(Possible disc types are: DVD-R, DVD-R Dual Layer, DVD+R Double Layer, DVD-RW)

I am using DVD-R media and have tried several discs and continue to get this annoying error. My PC is running XP-Home with SP-2, and I have a 2 month old internal Pioneer DVR-710 drive.

 

 

I have never succeeded in creating a multidisc project. The last time I tried the app crashed when trying to build disc 2. Is this a feature that just doesn't work and I shouldn't bother trying?

 

 

Since it allows me to burn a single disc, I'm going to cancel and see if I can burn each disc manually like using the Print Properties dialog to print each page of a document individually.

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While I would never use voodoo like multi disc, I have tested it a couple of times and it works…

 

Voodoo? I thought it was one of Creator's fundamental features. It's not like this is a hidden feature or anything because Creator defaults to using multidisc projects. The app even displays a pretty graphic of this feature at the bottom of the window!

 

 

Make sure you select the correct disc size at the bottom of Classic before you start. Likewise you want to have enough discs of the same type, I would not even mix brands.

 

I was. They're all from the same batch of Memorex discs.

 

 

 

Of course you should make sure that you have the latest firmware for your burner too!

 

I give that a try.

 

 

I tried using the Roxio Backup app for one directory and it worked just fine, but on another it complained about a directory/filename name being too long. I haven't figured out why it was saying that yet because the directory name isn't very deep (it's shorter than the full directory name of files it happily copied in the last project) and none of the files in that directory have unusual characteristics.

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It is Voodoo in that no standard exists or will ever exist concerning splitting a file! Optical media was never intended to work this way.

 

I have made test sets consisting of up to 5 CDs. I recall seeing this same message once but after a reboot, I never saw it again… Other than a casual test now and then, I have never considered spanned discs as a safe way to make backups. Depending on the software, if you lose the first or last disc the entire set is then unusable! Likewise if one disc in the set goes bad or is lost you lose files from there on.

 

My backups are on single CDs/DVDs that are not spanned. If the files are really large they go on HDs that are removed from the PC and stored elsewhere. Networks are handy too. I have 4 PCs on my home network and important files are stored on all of them.

 

Your name limitations are due to the File System (Joliet?) you are using. Check in Settings and switch it to UDF, No Bridge.

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While I would never use voodoo like multi disc, I have tested it a couple of times and it works…

 

Make sure you select the correct disc size at the bottom of Classic before you start. Likewise you want to have enough discs of the same type, I would not even mix brands.

 

Of course you should make sure that you have the latest firmware for your burner too!

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It is Voodoo in that no standard exists or will ever exist concerning splitting a file! Optical media was never intended to work this way.

 

I had the "Do not split files in multi-disc projects" option checked, so the file splitting issues shouldn't be an issue here. None of the files I was attempting to copy were larger than the size of a DVD-R, nor were any even close.

 

 

I have made test sets consisting of up to 5 CDs. I recall seeing this same message once but after a reboot, I never saw it again… Other than a casual test now and then, I have never considered spanned discs as a safe way to make backups. Depending on the software, if you lose the first or last disc the entire set is then unusable! Likewise if one disc in the set goes bad or is lost you lose files from there on.

 

Are you saying that the files are not laid out on the disc in the traditional file/folder hierarchy? So if I made 5 discs you can't pop in disc #3 and view the files that made it onto the third disc of the set? Or are your concerns based upon the issues with file splitting?

 

 

 

My backups are on single CDs/DVDs that are not spanned. If the files are really large they go on HDs that are removed from the PC and stored elsewhere. Networks are handy too. I have 4 PCs on my home network and important files are stored on all of them.

 

I have extra harddrives in my PC so that I can keep duplicate pairs of data, but I'm afraid of a power surge, fire, theft or whatever causing the drives to be lost. I have external drives too, but I'm too disorganized to rely on those. I can see a couple sitting around right now but who knows whats on them. I also don't trust harddrives long term - they are mechanical and often when mechanical things are set aside for long periods of time they'll lock up.

 

 

Your name limitations are due to the File System (Joliet?) you are using. Check in Settings and switch it to UDF, No Bridge.

 

That problem you are answering to occurred in Roxio Backup (just want to make sure we're on the same page). I don't see any filesystem settings in Roxio Backup, but in Roxio Creator if I go into File--> Project Settings I see those options on the general page. Will those affect Roxio Backup too?

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Steve: I don't even have the program installed… Likewise I have provided all that I actually know about it.

 

I don't know why, but I was under the impression that you were part of Roxio's tech support, but I looked at your profile and there's nothing along those lines there! That's why I was expecting you to know certain things and why some of your answers came off as a surprise to me.

 

Thanks for the help anyway!

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