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DVD Formatting

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by computer38, Feb 18, 2012.

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  1. computer38

    computer38 Thread Starter

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    Hey Everyone, I recently purchased some dvds to copy movies off of my external hard drive, but my computer wont let me go to auto play or anything. It says the dvds need to be formatted but i cant find the option to do that anywhere. I have tried it before with maxwell dvds and it worked great but i have a different brand now and im just not sure what the issue is, any suggestions? Thanks
     
  2. pip22

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    Blank DVDs only need to be formatted if you wish to "drag-and-drop" files directly on to the DVD drive icon (a process called "packet writing") and that requires third-party burning software. It's a very unreliable method of writing to CD/DVD so it's rarely used these days. There is no format tool for CD or DVD built into any version of Windows.

    I would say the discs you've bought are either cheap badly made ones or they are incompatible with your DVD burner.
    Try a different brand (preferrably maxell if they worked last time).
     
  3. armstrongIT

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    Agreed, try any use DVD discs that are +R or +RW and have a higher read/write speed :)
     
  4. computer38

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    hey there, thanks for the advice, but what i can't understand is i have dragged and dropped movies onto theses maxwell dvds before, but now its saying it cant read the discs. I dont understand how that can happen.
     
  5. DoubleHelix

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    Is the problem that you can't burn data to these disks? Or that you can't read data from disks you burned previously?
     
  6. computer38

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    i can't burn data to the disc. It says it cant read the dvd
     
  7. DoubleHelix

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    Is it just these DVDs? Did you try others? It's possible the DVD burner laser is shot. You can replace a DVD burner for $20.
     
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    i dont think its the dvds, ive tried three different types. So the actual drive in the computer could be shot? it still plays games and movies though
     
  9. Oddba11

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    Brand and model of the drive? It may not support burning (ie: DVDROM) or it may not support the disc type that you are trying to use. Or lastly, yes, it's faulty.
     
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    Yes, it's possible for it to not burn DVDs but play DVDs, play CDs, and even burn CDs. Those operations are performed differently, and they can fail individually.
     
  11. moreland

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    Youse DVD-Rs only and forget to finalize the disk, if that fails replace the drive with a pioneer
     
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