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  1. Well, I booted into Safe Mode to test the Mercury Pro's unable to detect a powered on enclosured drive until the USB cable is removed and reinserted. I knew it wouldn't do any good since it didn't do any good on the factory default partition. And, I was right, as is usually the case.
  2. It's not really a burning issue on the Mercury. The Mercury has problems detecting when media is inserted. It doesn't detect it's there. Except for the DVD+RW burn where WriteIn never took place at the start of the burn, so the burning speed is not an issue. The Vantec has some problems completing BD-R burns, but the Mercury does not. Which leads me more and more to believe it's the Vantec being problematic over the Mercury, despite its somewhat spotty behavior. However, both enclosures having problems leads me to wonder, though. Yet, each enclosure has different issues.
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    Touche away?

    I thought it was, too! And I haven't seen a Touche Turtle cartoon since college, back when it reran briefly on the Family Channel. That would have been sometime between 1992 and 1996. So, about 25 years.
  4. I don't know what I'd be looking for in the BIOS. A BIOS update was done on the 1st. I think something could be up in that. I didn't have the disconnecting the USB cable issue before that. Safe mode wouldn't really help since the issue is random. I wouldn't know if I got no bad results was the result of booting into safe mode or simply because I hadn't encountered the issue yet. I could test safe mode for the USB cable issue, I suppose. I have tested it by restoring my PC to its factory default image and the USB cable issue was still there.
  5. The only thing I know from the questions you asked is it is 12v. I have tried 2 different enclosures with different results. One is the Vantec NST-536S3-BK NexStar DX model here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MRUN0HQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and the other is just called an Other World Computing Mercury Pro one here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XRCCV44/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The Vantec was working fine initially on 2 different Dell XPS models, but now BD-R was failing nearly every time. The Mercury Pro one does better except for it not detecting some things being inserted like I said. And the Mercury Pro needs its USB cable removed and reinserted now every time the power is turned off to the drive before Windows recognizes the drive. The problem with the Mercury Pro is the power supplies don't seem to be very good. The first one I had stopped sending power to the enclosure after 2 months. OWC sent me a replacement for it, though. It could be the Pioneer being in the Vantec that is problematic. It does seem to work better in the Mercury Pro. Or it could be the Vantec has gone bad but given I'm also having some iffy results now on the Mercury Pro with my LG BD burner, I'm not entirely sure. I didn't have much problems before on my Dell XPS 8700 PC. It's on this Dell XPS 8930 that I've begun having issues. And you need enclosures for that model because Dell removed half height bays from the towers.
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    Well, as for direct DTS input, I wouldn't know, but I'd think if you converted the DTS to FLAC, you'd have the same audio details without loss and wouldn't have to worry if it's 44.1k 16 bit. You'd have to install the filters for FLAC, but I use FLAC all the time because it's lossless. Even when I have an MP3 that won't import, I convert it to FLAC, even though I'm not gaining anything above the source MP3 attributes.
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    I do prefer DVD+RW over DVD-RW but DVD-R to DVD+R. DVD-R is slightly larger and while it doesn't matter with modern players, DVD-R was more universally accepted in players. Once DVD+R became an accepted standard, it was more universally adopted by manufacturers. DVD+RW has faster write and erase speeds and the LeadIn writing doesn't take as long. And, at first, BD didn't win because there was another format war with HD-DVD!
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    I would be curious to see proof of CD+R because it never existed. CD-R and CD-ROM were all there were, at first. Then, after DVD-R, DVD-ROM, and DVD-RAM came out, a group of companies decided they wanted in on the profit and created their own standard: DVD+R and DVD+RW. Just to add more confusion and restart the format wars.
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    I know in the States, I used to find them on Amazon.com, but I don't think they're available there anymore. Now, I think you can only get the DataLife Plus Verbatim CD-R from the Verbatim web store.
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    File fragmentation support

    I'm just guessing, but I think the OP is thinking of layer change versus layer break. It sounds like he wants a specific file to span between Layer 0 and Layer 1 on the BD-R/E DL.
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    So, it looks like he'll have to convert the DTS to FLAC (For lossless from the source.) because he can't seem to get his source files to input. That's what I have to do whenever ImgBurn encounters a file it won't convert.
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    So, would any of those filter packs in the Guide help him here at all?
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    Hm, I've never heard of a .DTS file, so I don't know if anything can convert them at all. And, I don't see DTS as a file type of filter you can install from the Guide here: So, that's about the extent of my advice, sorry. You could try this: https://www.media.io/convert/dts-to-dts.html Of course, there are problems with online converters. The file may not transfer correctly and you'll end up with a file that is corrupt. But, it appears to be free and supports converting DTS to many file formats like MP3 and FLAC.
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    You probably just need to install the proper filters for ImgBurn to create a CD from. What file type are the source files? MP3? FLAC? etc. Depending on the file type, you may need specific filters for a particular file type. If you can't get that work, what might work is converting the files from one type to another, even if it's just from MP3 to MP3, the same file type, etc. Not all files are created equal and not always compliant with their specs. What happens when I have a file I can't get ImgBurn to make an audio CD out of, converting the file to another file type generally works. There are all kinds of freeware software converters out there.
  15. Something is wrong, somewhere, but it's so random I can't get a bead on it. It has something to do with semaphore time outs, but they appear to be happening randomly. Regardless of the enclosure used, although the Other World Computing one is doing better. It just doesn't recognize the drive has been inserted until the cable is removed/reinserted. Just now, though, an attempted write to a DVD+RW sat for more than 2 minutes at writing the lead in. The drive did nothing but blink, but that was because it was a blank, formatted disc with nothing ever having been written to it before. Blank rewritable media that have been formatted seem to do this on ALL drives I've ever tested. So, the WriteIn never started. Had to power cycle the device, after which I got a semaphore timeout error. BUT, is that BECAUSE I powered off the drive? Or had it already timed out before I was forced to cycle the power?