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Problem Formatting Cd


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I am using Roxio Easy CD and DVD burning Ver 9.0.554 (Red Box Vista compatable)

 

I am using Windows XP

 

When I open the Drag to Disk menu and try to format a disk, it seems to run for a second or two then I get a window with an error message: Format operation in drive D:\failed. Unspecified error occurred.

 

If I bring up the Drag to Disk menu again, the format option is in light shaded gray and cannot be activated. Any other writing I try to do says that the drive is read only and is not accessable.

 

Rebooting the computer resets everything. That is, the format option shows up in black in the Drag to Disk menu again but it still won't work. The error message shows up again.

 

Any body have a fix?

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Panther,

 

It could be quite a job to find out what has gone wrong with Drag-to-Disc, so firstly can you tell me if you really need D2D ??

The other writing system used in this software [by Creator Classic] is considered more reliable, and makes more universally compatible discs, so if you don't need D2D we could possibly get you going again quickly without it.

If you are determined to keep using D2D or at least to get it going, would you please advise (1) the model number of your burner, which you can find in Windows Device Manager when you expand the listing for CD/DVD drives in there, and (2) what sort of discs [brand and type] you are trying to format.

(3) Do you have any other disc burning software installed? [what?]

(4) Have you burned anything recently with this burner?

 

Regards,

Brendon

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Panther,

 

It could be quite a job to find out what has gone wrong with Drag-to-Disc, so firstly can you tell me if you really need D2D ??

The other writing system used in this software [by Creator Classic] is considered more reliable, and makes more universally compatible discs, so if you don't need D2D we could possibly get you going again quickly without it.

If you are determined to keep using D2D or at least to get it going, would you please advise (1) the model number of your burner, which you can find in Windows Device Manager when you expand the listing for CD/DVD drives in there, and (2) what sort of discs [brand and type] you are trying to format.

(3) Do you have any other disc burning software installed? [what?]

(4) Have you burned anything recently with this burner?

 

Regards,

Brendon

 

Brendon,

Thanks for the reply. My CD burner is TSST Corp CD/DVDW SH-S182M. I have been using Memorex CD-R for years with no problems. Latest is 52X 700MB 80 Min. No other disc burning software is installed. have uninstalled and installed the program several times.

Reason for using D2D program is that I thought I had to format a disc before I could write to it. Instead I found that it will format as it writes. I can use the SAVE AS function for a file, I can use the SEND TO function and I can drag files from another drive and copy them into the open window for the burner disc, so burning is no problem. I can't see any reason for having the D2D program

Is there anything else I have to do to get rid of the D2D program besides removing it from the computer by means of the Add/Remove programs function?

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No, Add/remove programs should do it.

 

Regards,

Brendon

 

Brendon,

I am not familiar with posting and I don't believe my last message was sent. I/ll try again.

I removed the D2D program using the Add/Remove function in Winsows.

Now I can not write to the burner at all. I cannot use the SAVE AS function and I cannot use the SEND TO function anymore because the CD Drive is no longer listed in it. Any suggestions?

Thanks

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Yes,use Creator Classic to write your discs.Packet Writing (Drag to Disc) is inherently unreliable for longer term storage.You're better off using CC.If you need multiple sessions (more than 1 write) you can always leave the disc open and add sessions to it later.

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Thank you for all your help. One more question if you don't mind. This prog is new to me.

I found Creator Classics and tried burning 1 file to a CD. Worked fine and the CD ejected. I did not have a choice of leaving it open or not. When I clicked burn button, the Burn Setup window came up and I saw my drive listed. D:TSST Corp cd/dcdw SH-S18M - SB06 and underneath that it read

Single Session CD-R "080916_1957" (Appendable) (1CD-R 80 min needed)

The file was written to the drive and the CD ejected. I had no choice of leave it open or close it.

 

Then I tried adding a second file to it. Again the burn setup window came up as above but the OK Button was shaded and not functional.

 

I can't find anything to change the Single session CD-R statement to multisession.

 

Does multisession writing to a CD come under CD burner capability or is it a program function?

I can't find anything listed on multisession in the program help index.

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Hi Panther,

 

From what you've said above, I think your "send to" and "save as" must have been using Drag-to-Disc, which you've now uninstalled.

 

A quick impromptu rundown on multisession burning.

-I believe it involves both drive and software capabilities. All the drives I've used can do it, but the utility program DVDInfo Pro has a box which notes whether or not your drive can handle it so I guess there may be some which cannot.

-a session is the writing of one or more files onto an optical disc as a single operation.

-Without going into the deep technicalities, you can write 'sessions' onto a disc until you either run out of room or you "close" the disc

-Each session uses a certain amount of overhead space extra to the space taken by the files you wrote, to make necessary disc structures.

-The first session on a CD takes about 20 MB of overhead, and subsequent sessions take about 15 MB so it's usual [unlike D2D] not to write individual files but to wait until there are enough to justify burning a session.

-This overhead doesn't mean that multisession burning is wasteful of space. Formatting a disc for D2D typically uses enough overhead for 11-12 sessions.

-this multisession burning can be used on RW discs just as happily as on R discs. When an RW disc is full you copy any useful files off, erase the disc, and then use it again.

-multisession discs made by Creator Classic and similar non D2D programs conform to the CD standard, so they can be read on any PC without needing a special reader and don't have the compatibility problems sometimes encountered with D2D.

-the index of files held on a multisession disc is read and new filenames are added when you burn a new session. This is usually done pretty much automatically by most software, but if you see something which offers to "import previous session" then say YES because that reads the filenames from earlier sessions. It doesn't write the files again, just uses their names to update the index.

-If a setting in your software does not allow writing more sessions later, then the disc is closed during the burn. Once is it closed it cannot be reopened again. That is part of the CD standard, and can't be changed by a software program.

 

That's about all I can think of in a hurry. There may be lots of things I've missed, but I think I got the main parts. Please feel free to ask if you have questions. There will be a short test next class :lol:

 

Regards,

Brendon

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To all who replied to my questions,

 

I want to thank all of you for the time you have taken and for the detailed information you have given me. I have written to CD again and again with other progs and with this one before I removed the drag to disk program, but didn't know all the details about multisessions and all the overhead space req'd for each session.

 

I guess I better reinstall the program keeping drag to disk and forget about the formatting glitch. Works fine otherwise. I will try your suggestion first, Jim, about clearing the read only check box.

 

I started out on EZCD 4, then went to EZCD 5. Then with my new computer with Win XP, I had to find something else. That was how I got on to this prog. I recently found out that there is an update that can be downloaded that will make an earlier ver of EZCD 5 work with Win XP. I 'll study this one a while then decide if I want to install and update EZCD 5 to be used with XP or stick with this one. My 82 year old brain kind of likes to stick with the tried and true anymore.

 

Thanks again for all of your help. It is sincerely appreciated. Panther

 

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