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I've been using imgBurn for a while, but I've never had this problem before.

I was trying to burn a disc from an mdf and mds file.  But when I selected the file, I got the error:
 

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Invalid or unsupported image file format!
Reason: Only single track images are supported.

Now if there was something borked with the file, I'd understand.  If it was just a format it didn't read, I could understand that, but would be honestly surprised.  But when it tells me that only single track images are supported, I find that hard to believe.  I am wondering now if I have something wrong in my settings or missed a step or if I just have an old version.
How am I supposed to get this image burned?

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The message is correct.

Use the program that created the image - probably Alcohol 120% or Daemon Tools.

MDS/MDF is their native format.

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BTW, if you don't mind my asking, why are only single track images supported by ImgBurn?  It's something I've wondered about for a while.

 

Thanks!

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It's 'single track only' in that file format.

My MDS stuff was only basic and only for DVDs (well, DVD9) really as it dates back to DVD Decrypter days.

For CD, the program favours BIN/CUE and that one supports multiple tracks / sessions.

 

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OIC.  Sorry.  I was under the impression multiple tracks weren't supported at all by ImgBurn.  It's just MDS where it's not supported, then?

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I am still left to wonder why, though.  I can understand a program favoring a particular format, but why wouldn't it support multi-track MDS/MDF at all?

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I think I explained that in my previous reply.

The program has basic support for MDS, nothing more. It’s a private format and only v1 of it is supported at all.

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I'm guessing MDS is a proprietary format?  And that only one particular version was ever implemented into ImgBurn and that that implementation of MDS only supported single tracks?

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Yes, it’s proprietary and closed source. DT and Alcohol developed it.

MDS v1 supported multiple sessions / tracks, but it wasn’t required within ImgBurn, I only needed single session / track for dvds.

 

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A proprietary format; okay, that makes sense then.  I can't expect ImgBurn to work correctly with something like that.

Dang; that means I'd have to track down some old disc somewhere that probably doesn't work on my modern computer, or download a trial version that probably won't include the feature I need, or outright buy software I'd never use again.  ...Actually I could just get on eBay and buy another copy of the disc I want to burn for less than what it would cost to buy Alcolhol 120%.  These people need to rethink their business model.

Thank you for the help/information.

It's a relatively minor thing, but I would suggest editing the error code to say "Only single track images are supported with this format" or possibly a more informative "This is a proprietary format and we can only support its single-track images.  You will need to use the original software that created this file."  The current method of selecting a file that is listed among the supported file types (in windows' open dialogue) and then being told that the format isn't supported is a little confusing.  I get what it was saying now, but at the time it looked more like an error.

Again, thank you for clearing that up.

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There is a free version of Alcohol 120% where I think the only limitation is it can't burn images to discs.  But, what you could try is mount the MDS in Alcohol and use ImgBurn to create a new image set with an image format that would support multiple tracks.  That may work.

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