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  1. dbminter


    What exactly is Padding and what determines how much Padding is added? I ask because I had a DVD-9 VIDEO_TS job that was just barely over a DVD-5. Something like 4.9 GB. However, the resulting image file created was just under 8 GB. I was wondering why about 3 GB of padding was necessary for such a job. Thanks!
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    I can't made an bottable iso

    Have you actually tried booting this disc? Just because it doesn't have an autorun in its root directory doesn't mean it won't boot. And what exactly are you trying to make? What do you want booting from this disc?
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Hm, so they do offer their Life Series on their web store. Well, you probably just wasted your time and money if you bought the Life Series ones off of the Verbatim store. If it says Life Series, regardless of where you get it, it's CMC media. The branded ones are AZO, which is good stuff, too, like the DataLife Plus series.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    I don't think the Verbatim online store sells the Life Series media. I believe you will only find AZO and DataLife Plus media there. I didn't see anything labeled Life Series there. And I believe Life Series is just the media that Verbatim sells in stores. It's more likely to reach mass penetration so they sell the cheaper stuff there to maximize profit.
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    create md5 file checkbox grayed out

    Yeah, I think the forum search function doesn't work for anything that is 3 characters or less. There's a minimum number of characters a search must be given before it will perform it.
  6. One thing I've noticed about rewritable DVD media beyond 4x rated top write speed. It seems once you exceed 4x, the lifespan of a rewritable disc is considerably less. I've been using 4x Ritek DVD-RW and 8x Ritek DVD+RW for years now. The 8x discs I get about 20 writes out of before they die. I'm getting dozens out of my 4x discs. So, why is this the case? Is it a difference between how DVD-RW and DVD+RW are constructed? Or is it more down to highest rated speed? That 8x is more inherently "unstable" than 4x media. Thanks!
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    LG External burner - CAN'T Burn at 4x or 8x

    The write speed is determined by the write descriptors on the disc. So, if the available lower speed is not present in the write strategies, I doubt the drive will burn the disc at anything slower than its slowest write descriptor. In Write mode in ImgBurn with one of these discs inserted, check the pane of information on the right hand side. It should tell you what the slowest acceptable burning speed is. As for the Verify error, that's probably because you're using cheaper Ritek media or your drive doesn't like them. Try Verbatim DataLife Plus/AZO CD-R's and see what you get.
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    What's the difference between the MID and DID?

    I wonder why there are different entries on that one disc example I posted.
  9. There's apparently a difference between the Manufacturer ID and the Disc ID. I put in a blank Verbatim DataLife Plus DVD-R and noticed this: Pre-recorded Information: Manufacturer ID: MCC 03RG20 Physical Format Information (Last Recorded): Disc ID: 0@P-!-00 So, what's the difference between the Manufacturer ID and the Disc ID? I guess the better question is what is the Disc ID? The Manufacturer ID is obvious.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Unfortunately, CMC seemed to buy the Taiyo Yuden good brand name and proceeded to slap their crap media with its good name to trick people. Now, I've not seen any discs since TY closed up shop and CMC bought their name, so, maybe, though I doubt it, CMC is shipping decent quality media. Most likely, it's the same old CMC crap with a good name slapped on it. Check in ImgBurn for the Disc/Manufacturer ID. In Write mode, look for a DID/MID field in the right hand side pane of ImgBurn and copy and paste it. If it says CMC, it's probably typical CMC However, DID's can be faked with anything the manufacturer wants to put in there. I wouldn't put it past CMC to slap a Taiyo Yuden DID on their cheap crap CMC media. There's an old Spanish saying: "The cheap comes out expensive." Verbatim DataLife Plus costs more but it's worth it. Plus, it's only just a little over 50 cents a blank! I can remember paying $14 a blank 16 years ago for quality Panasonic DVD-R. It's up to you whether you want to use cheap media. But, cheap media tends to be unreadable, sometimes even after less than a year, after it burns. Plus, a successful burn is no guarantee a CMC disc will be readable by a particular brand of player. I had some CMC's to use as temporaries for someone to view, being only a $10 stack of 10 DVD+R. The person I made these home movies for couldn't get them to play in their DVD player because they were CMC crap. Actually, you shouldn't need the silver shiny media if you're never going to write a label on to them. The branded media will do and it's probably cheaper.
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    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Memorex farmed out their BD-R and BD-RE to Ritek. Caused all kinds of playback problems on the Playstation 3. Verbatim BD-R and BD-RE don't.
  12. dbminter

    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    It's unusual to find Ritek in Verbatim media. Still, it's better quality than CMC. CMC is bottom of the barrel. I've found Ritek to generally be a decent 2nd tier product. However, some people, particularly in Europe, don't get good quality Ritek. Sony farms out their DVD-R to Ritek now, that much I do know.
  13. dbminter

    TSSTcorp CDDVD SH-S202J SB03 won't read disc

    Well, if you bought Verbatim at a Best Buy, they will, most likely, be the cheap crap CMC media from Life Series. If you're going to get Verbatim, only get the DataLife Plus series which you'll only find online.
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    Need help! Is this a rewritable DL DVD? (Pics attached)

    Wait a minute. Didn't I already reply to this a few times somewhere else?

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