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austinboz

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When I bought my laptop, Sonic DigitalMedia Plus v7 was already installed and came with it. I have never used it until now. I thought I would use it to archive data files to a DVD-R media. Everytime I try it stops at the same place while writing and says there were errors and to retry and place a new disk in. I do and it stops at the same place after writing only a small amount. I am using Fujifilm DVD-R disks and even tried a Fujifilm DVD-RW. Same results. I have wasted five DVD-R's.

Is this a problem because of the manufacturer of the DVD or I'm I doing something wrong? By the way, I tried using ask RoxAnn....what a joke that was. Not a very good first time user impression!

Thanks for any help you can give. :(

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When I bought my laptop, Sonic DigitalMedia Plus v7 was already installed and came with it. I have never used it until now. I thought I would use it to archive data files to a DVD-R media. Everytime I try it stops at the same place while writing and says there were errors and to retry and place a new disk in. I do and it stops at the same place after writing only a small amount. I am using Fujifilm DVD-R disks and even tried a Fujifilm DVD-RW. Same results. I have wasted five DVD-R's.

Is this a problem because of the manufacturer of the DVD or I'm I doing something wrong? By the way, I tried using ask RoxAnn....what a joke that was. Not a very good first time user impression!

Thanks for any help you can give. :(

How long ago did you buy your laptop? What is the make and model of the DVD writer? If you stick with the "RW" media, you should be able to erase it and re-use it without "wasting" it.

 

I don't know anything about Sonic DigitalMedia Plus, but these are the sorts of questions that can help narrow down whether it's a drive (hardware) or program (software) issue. Also, since the program came pre-installed on the computer, it is an OEM version, and support (other than what you might get here from users like myself) would come from the laptop manufacturer.

 

So, let us know.

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It is and HP Pavilion dv5000 lap top with a HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GMA-4082N drive. It works fine with Paragon Backup software. I want to just capture some specifc files and my backup software requires it to do more than I want. Just thought this was a quick easy solution. It does start writing on the DVD and and you can tell it writes several 100 megs before the error is encountered. I thought maybe it doesn't like this brand of DVD.

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It is and HP Pavilion dv5000 lap top with a HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GMA-4082N drive. It works fine with Paragon Backup software. I want to just capture some specifc files and my backup software requires it to do more than I want. Just thought this was a quick easy solution. It does start writing on the DVD and and you can tell it writes several 100 megs before the error is encountered. I thought maybe it doesn't like this brand of DVD.

 

That Paragon software may be causing a conflict.

 

http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?...st&p=152124

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Are you trying to create a standard data CD (using the Sonic RecordNow program), or trying a backup program? Different backup programs will cause conflicts with one another and need their own decoding to retrieve. If you make standard data discs, they can be read on any computer.

 

Lynn

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The Pargon software is not being used at all while trying to use the Sonic, aboslutely no conflict there.

I am using the Sonic Data Easy Archieve that writes to DVD not CD. Under the Roxio general discusion they talk about different manufacturers disks not working well and getting data errors. This is really what I want to know from anyone that has been using Sonic not Roxio for simular issues. Are either of you using this product?

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I have Sonic RecordNow Deluxe 7.1.68.0 installed on two computers, and it's my main recording program.

 

I've never used the File Archive feature, and having read the frantic posts by people who HAVE used archiving programs that use disc spanning and now need the files, I don't think I ever will.

 

As to "Backup Programs", in view of the fact that BUMP (Back Up My PC) disables the built-in WinXP's ability to restore, I think that, like Packet-Writing programs, it is very likely only one can exist on a computer at any given time or one will disable the other.

 

If what you want is to be able to read the files again and transfer back to the Hard Drive if needed, again, I suggest what you want is to make data discs - whether to CD or DVD - on R media. RW media will fade to blank over time by virtue of the same qualities that make it re-writable - a process that can be sped up by formatting the disc for Packet-Writing (Sonic's DLA, Roxio's Drag2Disc, Nero's InCD, etc).

 

But it's up to you.

 

Lynn

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Thanks Lynn.

I already have a good backup program but I guess I will have to use it and not try this anymore. When I buy some new DVDs I will try Memorex and try this again and see if DVD quality is the issue.

Thanks, Bill

Ouch! Of all the various brands of media mentioned here, Memorex has the worst reputation. (Or the best reputation for not working well, if you prefer that spin.) Try Verbatim, Taiyo Yuden (if you can find them)... anything but Memorex, would be my suggestion.

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