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Unable to read DVD's burned with prior versions of Roxio


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Several years ago I burned a DVD with pictures of my Dad who has since passed away. When I attempt to open the dvd it just shows a UDF reader file. Can anyone please help?

 

Thank you!

 

Try one of the recovery programs, such as cdroller (www.cdroller.com) or ISOBuster (www.isobuster.com) - both have impressive testimonials on their websites and in the old Roxio boards.

Both have "trial" versions that let you see if they can recover anything before you have to pay.

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If you used R media, you chances are pretty good. R media is "burned" by "cooking" a dye with the laser, and while not quite as stable as commercially pressed discs, is still quite stable.

 

If you used RW media, by this time the aluminum alloy has probably completely decrystalized, taking the data with it.

 

Let us know how it goes.

 

For future reference: if you want to KEEP the data, NEVER format the disc. And RW media is fine for testing, when the fact it can be completely erased and reused (a number of times) makes it a cost-saver - but NEVER use RW media if you want to KEEP what you put on it.

 

Lynn

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Did you create the disc using DVD Builder or Drag-to-Disc? The UDF Reader allows computers without D2D to read D2D discs. If neither D2D or the UDF Reader is installed on your current machine, that could be the problem. Run the UDFReader.exe file and see what happens.

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Did you create the disc using DVD Builder or Drag-to-Disc? The UDF Reader allows computers without D2D to read D2D discs. If neither D2D or the UDF Reader is installed on your current machine, that could be the problem. Run the UDFReader.exe file and see what happens.

 

His disc was made with DirectCD. If it has UDF Reader is was made with DCD or D2D which includes the reader when formatted.

 

XP has a reader in the OS and installing an old reader will result in error messages.

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His disc was made with DirectCD. If it has UDF Reader is was made with DCD or D2D which includes the reader when formatted.

 

XP has a reader in the OS and installing an old reader will result in error messages.

AND, if the WinXP reader can't find anything on a Packet-Written disc, that is a VERY BAD sign.

 

Packet-Writing is very fussy about being read - generally insisting on the SAME Operating System and program Version (of the same program) to be easily read.

 

If an RW disc was formatted, you add the variable of how long it will take the re-crystalized aluminum alloy to de-crystalize (taking all the data with it) - often as little as a few months. (Formatting the disc will somehow speed up the de-crystalization, it seems.)

 

So, a recovery program looks at it byte by byte to see if it can read anything.

 

For future reference - if you are using optical media, and you want to KEEP the data, NEVER format the disc.

 

Lynn

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