Hi there, I'm Josh. Let's see if we can get this figured out.
OK i'm ready
My first question would be how many discs has this happened on, and are they all the same brand? I've run across this exact problem before with a bad batch of DVD's. They record fine, but when playing back content back from the outer edge (or reading files burned there) all of the data isn't there.
Also, what program are you using to burn the discs?
Most of the DVDs are the same brand, but it happens on other brands also. I mostly use DVDneXt copy for burning the discs.
I've also seen this happen when burning discs at the maximum speed of the drive. So burning dvd's at 16X on a 16X burner for example. The rotational speed is the most towards the outside of the disc (which is the end of the movie) and occasionally the buffer in the DVD burner can't keep up on the max speed. Try lowering the burn rate one notch lower than whatever you're currently burning them at (so 12 instead of 16, etc)
I haven't used any DVDs of that type. the greatest speed is 8x and most have been 4x
When you say the greatest speed, do you mean the speed the program is set to burn at, or the speed that's on the label of the container that the discs came in?
Interesting. Have you always had this problem with this DVD burner, or is it a fairly new problem for you?
How consistently do you run into this problem?
This is a new devlopment. Not all discs do this, I'd say i out of 3 or 4
Ok. Doubt it's the burner itself, and I'm still leaning towards it possibly being defective discs as this is a fairly common symptom with discs, especially some of the more affordable brands. Let me research a bit further and see if I can come up with any other solutions for you though. I can tell you tough that there won't be anything we can do for the discs that have already been burned. The issue isn't in reading them, but rather in the writing process.
Are you sure about that? I have re-burned some discs on the same brand and had no problem.
Maybe I should mention that I have been using a lot of RW discs because I somehow ended up with a bunch of them. Maxelll
Yup, each disc will be a little different. If they're going to fail at all during the burning process, they won't consistently do so in the same spots. Basically every burn is a little different due to all sorts of variables (the load your computer is under, the content being pushed tot he discs, the quality of the individual disc, etc etc etc)
So, Josh, do you think you will be able to help me or not?
AHH, that is probably it then. While RW discs are convenient since they can be erased and reused, they are MUCH more prone to burning issues, and you run into many more issues playing them in commercial DVD players
Well I've used up all of those
In short, I'd recommend DVD-R discs, and burning at one speed under whatever they're rated at. So burn 8x rated discs at 4X
OK will try that
Great. I'm pretty sure that'll get you running again. I ran into this issue myself several years ago when backing up a bunch of movies.
And obviously it's particularly since you don't even realize the problem exists until you get most of the way through a movie.
What is the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R?
particularly frustrating that is.
they were competing formats when writable DVD's were first introduced. The industry has now pretty much settled on DVD-R as the standard, and this standard is what most DVD players today will reliably play
That's what I thought
Yup, +R discs hold their information in multiple layers on the disc, where -R are a single layer similar to that of an old record
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Will do. Thanks/ Bye
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