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  1. Do Blu-ray burners make for better DVD burners?
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    DVD or BR For Archiving

    You're right, I wouldn't rely on discs alone. Right now I have a chance to replace one or both burners in this computer. The old Pioneer DVR-108 has trouble reading some burned discs and while it burns okay, the drawer on the Plextor PX-740a won't always open when the button is pushed. Concerns over archiving the photos has sped up their replacement. Is it fair to say that due to the greater accuracies of the Blu-ray format, does a Blu-ray burner make for a better DVD burner? If so, which Blu-ray burner would you recommend?
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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    This has been my experience (red indicating not good): Windows 3.1, Windows 98se, Windows ME, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7. From what I've read, I think Windows 8 will do nicely to continue the pattern. My favorite Microsoft OS is Windows XP. As for Windows 7, there are a lot of little things that are annoying, but I put up with it because of the few improvements and it came pre-installed on my laptop. The desktop and me are quite happy with XP.
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    DVD or BR For Archiving

    Oh, poo. Sorry, I keep forgetting to scroll down far enough in the main index to see the Chat forum, where this question would have likely been more on-topic. I didn't see a way to delete so I could recreate it there.
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    DVD or BR For Archiving

    Hi, Our family pictures that I've taken over the years are consuming about 40 GBs and are currently sitting on a older hard drive. The hard drive is fine now, but you never know. It's time that the pictures get archived. I'm not interested in a cloud solution, so instead I'm thinking about burning multiple discs, but which type? As for DVD; it's a mature technology. Discs are cheap and I already own the burner. The downside is the available free space per disc, and how many discs would be required to backup the data and make copies of the backup discs. And, I'm concerned to some degree about 'Disc Rot'. As for Blu-ray; the technology hasn't been around as long as DVD, so 'Disc Rot' or other decaying factors perhaps aren't fully realized yet. I don't own a Blu-ray burner and even though the discs are not as cheap as blank DVDs, they are reasonably affordable. Certainly the capacity is a big plus, where the required discs to backup and make copies of the backup discs would be few and easily stored. What's your thoughts? Would you use DVD or BR for archiving? Thanks.
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    ISO Contains Multiple Phantom Duplicate Files

    No I haven't, what's that?
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    ISO Contains Multiple Phantom Duplicate Files

    Unless I'm using it wrong, as you can see PgcEdit wasn't much help.
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    ISO Contains Multiple Phantom Duplicate Files

    The option "Remove Useless Stuff" cleans up most of the butchery, but not all. What follows is a complete rundown of what happens when loading the extracted directory into PgcEdit. List of open errors: The number of VTSs stored in VIDEO_TS.IFO (16) doesn't match the real number if Title Sets stored on disk (17). The number of VOB IDs stored in the VTS_C_ADT table of VTS 7 (18) doesn't match the real number of VOB IDs in the table (11). The number of VOB IDs stored in the VTS_C_ADT table of VTS 12 (12) doesn't match the real number of VOB IDs in the table (5). Warning: There are 21 discrepancies in some VMGM/VTSI_MAT tables. There is one subpic stream defined for the Menu domain in the VTSI_MAT table of VTS 3. There are 1 audio stream defined for the Menu domain in VTSI_MAT table of VTS 4. There is one subpic stream defined for the Menu domain in the VTSI_MAT table of VTS 4. There are 1 audio stream defined for the Menu domain in VTSI_MAT table of VTS 5. There is one subpic stream defined for the Menu domain in the VTSI_MAT table of VTS 5. There are 1 audio stream defined for the Menu domain in VTSI_MAT table of VTS 6. There is one subpic stream defined for the Menu domain in the VTSI_MAT table of VTS 6. There are 1 audio stream defined for the Menu domain in VTSI_MAT table of VTS 8. There is one subpic stream defined for the Menu domain in the VTSI_MAT table of VTS 8. There are 1 audio stream defined for the Menu domain in VTSI_MAT table of VTS 9. There is one subpic stream defined for the Menu domain in the VTSI_MAT table of VTS 9. There are 1 audio stream defined for the Menu domain in VTSI_MAT table of VTS 10. There is one subpic stream defined for the Menu domain in the VTSI_MAT table of VTS 10. There are 1 audio stream defined for the Menu domain in VTSI_MAT table of VTS 11. There is one subpic stream defined for the Menu domain in the VTSI_MAT table of VTS 11. There are 1 audio stream defined for the Menu domain in VTSI_MAT table of VTS 13. There is one subpic stream defined for the Menu domain in the VTSI_MAT table of VTS 13. There are 1 audio stream defined for the Menu domain in VTSI_MAT table of VTS 14. There is one subpic stream defined for the Menu domain in the VTSI_MAT table of VTS 14. There are 1 audio stream defined for the Menu domain in VTSI_MAT table of VTS 15. There is one subpic stream defined for the Menu domain in the VTSI_MAT table of VTS 15. All errors were corrected. Finally, the BOV scan. Then PgcEdit says, "There are some VOB files in your DVD folder that are not referenced by the current IFOs" and recommends they be removed. Note that none of the VOB files to be removed include any of the VTS_XX_1.VOB files. These VOB files are: VTS_03_0.VOB VTS_05_3.VOB VTS_06_6.VOB VTS_09_3.VOB VTS_04_0.VOB VTS_05_4.VOB VTS_08_0.VOB VTS_09_4.VOB VTS_04_2.VOB VTS_05_5.VOB VTS_08_2.VOB VTS_09_5.VOB VTS_04_3.VOB VTS_05_6.VOB VTS_08_3.VOB VTS_09_6.VOB VTS_04_4.VOB VTS_06_0.VOB VTS_08_4.VOB VTS_10_0.VOB VTS_04_5.VOB VTS_06_2.VOB VTS_08_5.VOB VTS_11_0.VOB VTS_04_6.VOB VTS_06_3.VOB VTS_08_6.VOB VTS_13_0.VOB VTS_05_0.VOB VTS_06_4.VOB VTS_09_0.VOB VTS_14_0.VOB VTS_05_2.VOB VTS_06_5.VOB VTS_09_2.VOB VTS_15_0.VOB Finally, PgcEdit warns that it has detected multiple sets of menu buttons or BOVs in VMGM and cannot correctly handle multiple sets of Buttons/BOVs. Then explains what shouldn't be edited or remapped. At this point PgcEdit is done loading the extracted directory. We haven't even gotten to "Remove Useless Stuff" yet and the extracted directory is already a mess at this point. The "Remove Useless Stuff" option cleans it up some, but leaves displaced phantom files.
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    ISO Contains Multiple Phantom Duplicate Files

    Thanks for the suggestion. I tried DVD Shrink around the same time I tried PgcEdit. While opening the VIDEO_TS directory, DVD Shrink encountered a "Invalid Data" error and couldn't continue. The same thing happened opening the MSD file. Even though PgcEdit butchered the extracted directory, at least PgcEdit was able to open the VIDEO_TS directory without error.
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    ISO Contains Multiple Phantom Duplicate Files

    Ah, I see. Sort of like putting a stop sign in the middle of the next street, rather than at the previous intersection. Of course, you only need to drive through the intersection once to know to stop. While it wasn't as simple as finding an application that would extract it correctly on it's own, I did eventually fix it last night. Can't say that the same treatment would work as well on the next odd structured ISO's, but this time it turned out okay. Thanks for all your help, it was very much appreciated.
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    ISO Contains Multiple Phantom Duplicate Files

    Ah well that's not 15GB then is it 1667264 (sectors) * 2048 (bytes per sector) = 3414556672 bytes = 3334528 KB = 3256.375 MB = 3.1800537109375 GB Shucks, I suppose not. Damn you math, with your figures and facts. That would be great, but unfortunately I don't own any of those drives. Oh wait, I have a old Plextor PX-740A, which is suppose to be a rebadged BenQ DW1640. Oh wait, it probably needs to be cross-flashed and it's not. Oh well. Shouldn't ImgBurn's drive and blank disc detection ghost out that option? How would you get the correct file structure extracted without burning this odd ISO to a disc?
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    ISO Contains Multiple Phantom Duplicate Files

    When I look at that area, after a fresh reload, it reads the same layer break as before, 1667264. I guess what's confusing me the most is that every ISO I've ever seen, until now, whether extracted, viewed internally or mounted, has always had the correct representation of the files. This ISO displays 97 files, of which 2/3 are phantoms. Doesn't Test Mode just go through the motions of burning a disc without actually writing a single bit of data to the disc, right? With my limited amount of blank discs, and no source for DVD+RW DL, I suppose I could use that to test the ISO.
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    ISO Contains Multiple Phantom Duplicate Files

    It doesn't look like the MDS file is going to help or matter. I loaded the ISO with and without the MDS file. According to "Display IFO Layer Break Information", loaded either way, there is only one "Very Good" layer break and that's at VTS_07 (LBA 1667264 or 370:30:14 (MM:SS:FF)), which is around the 15 GB mark. If I'm understanding this correctly, it would seem that ImgBurn is not discarding the phantom files and is going to try to burn a 6.3 GBs DVD ISO, internally 37.7 GBs, to a DVD9. Unfortunately, I don't have enough blank DVD9 Verbatim's to experiment. I suspect ImgBurn is going to run out of disc long before even getting to the layer break.
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    ISO Contains Multiple Phantom Duplicate Files

    Yikes, that's another issue I hadn't even considered, what to do about the layer break. I pretty much stopped when I found out there were six (6) of nearly everything inside the ISO. I prefer to take ISO's apart, do further work, and then burn the VIDEO_TS directory. I've never seen anything like this before. BTW, the latest version of PgcEdit butchered the extracted directory. Not sure how to pick the correct VTS set, since there are six (6) complete duplicates that are each 5.89s GB in size (VTS_04, VTS_05, VTS_06, VTS_07, VTS_08 and VTS_09). However, If I understand this correctly, if it doesn't matter what's inside the ISO, then it also won't matter which VTS is picked. Does that sound about right?
  15. Hello, I have this DVD ISO (with it's MDS file) that's 6.3 GBs in size and regardless whether the ISO is extracted with ISOBuster, UltraISO or WinRAR, or the image is mounted, internally the ISO is 37.7 GBs in size. When I use ImgBurn (latest version), ImgBurn only reports the actual size of the ISO file itself, not the internal size. ImgBurn doesn't appear to detect a problem, so it offers no warning and I suppose, believes that the ISO can fit onto a DVD9. When the contents of the ISO is viewed with any of the previously mentioned programs, while the VTS order is correct, there are six (6) complete duplicate sets of the main and extras. Everything else appears normal. Does ImgBurn know how to handle this kind of problem or should these multiple phantom duplicate files get stripped first? And, if the phantom files should be stripped first, which program should I use? Thanks.
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