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I'm unable to burn 50GB BD-R DL with Pioneer BDR-205. When attempting a burn, ImgBurn status bar shows Reserving Track... and stops at that. Time Elapsed timer keeps counting. Light on the drive stays off. Waited for up to half an hour, no change. Clicking Cancel logs Abort Request Acknowledged but it never actually stops the process. The only way to stop it is to turn off the power. After that, the disc is recognized by ImgBurn as empty.

 

Tried burning Verbatim 50GB 2x media VERBAT-IMb-000 and TDK 50GB 2x media TDKBLD-RFA-000, both made in Japan. Both types of media from the same batches was previously burned successfully with LG BH10LS30 burner, so I can't blame the media quality.

 

However, I can burn without problems 50GB BD-RE DL media (TDKBLD-Wfa-000) as well as any 25GB BD-R/RE SL media (VERBAT-IMc-000, VERBAT-IMw-000, VERBAT-IM0-000).

 

Upgraded the firmware to the latest version (1.11), then exchanged the burner for a new one but the issue remained.

 

Below is the log of an unsuccessful burn up until the moment it hangs and I have to reboot the computer. Also information screen for the media used the way it looked after the unsuccessful burn attempt. At least I hope it's not a coaster.

 

Thanks in advance for any help!

I 22:21:12 ImgBurn Version 2.5.5.0 started!
I 22:21:12 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Edition (6.1, Build 7600)
I 22:21:12 Total Physical Memory: 3,929,940 KB  -  Available: 2,554,544 KB
I 22:21:33 Initialising SPTI...
I 22:21:33 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...
I 22:21:34 -> Drive 1 - Info: PIONEER BD-RW   BDR-205 1.11 (G:) (SATA)
I 22:21:34 Found 1 DVD±RW/RAM, 1 BD-ROM/HD DVD-ROM and 1 BD-RE!
I 00:28:33 Operation Started!
I 00:28:33 Source File: D:\BD.iso
I 00:28:33 Source File Sectors: 23,164,032 (MODE1/2048)
I 00:28:33 Source File Size: 47,439,937,536 bytes
I 00:28:33 Source File Volume Identifier: BD
I 00:28:33 Source File Volume Set Identifier: E0136170326AB107
I 00:28:33 Source File Application Identifier: ImgBurn v2.5.5.0
I 00:28:33 Source File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn
I 00:28:33 Source File File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 00:28:33 Destination Device: [1:0:0] PIONEER BD-RW   BDR-205 1.11 (G:) (SATA)
I 00:28:33 Destination Media Type: BD-R (Disc ID: VERBAT-IMb-000) (Speeds: 2x)
I 00:28:33 Destination Media Sectors: 24,438,784
I 00:28:33 Write Mode: BD
I 00:28:33 Write Type: DAO
I 00:28:33 Write Speed: MAX
I 00:28:33 BD-R Verify Not Required: No
I 00:28:33 Link Size: Auto
I 00:28:33 Lock Volume: Yes
I 00:28:33 Test Mode: No
I 00:28:33 OPC: No
I 00:28:33 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 00:28:34 Write Speed Successfully Set! - Effective: 8,990 KB/s (2x)
I 00:28:34 Advanced Settings - Optimal Writing Speed: No

Verbatim 50GB 2x media VERBAT-IMb-000:

PIONEER BD-RW   BDR-205 1.11 (SATA)
Current Profile: BD-R

Disc Information:
Status: Empty
State of Last Session: Empty
Erasable: No
Free Sectors: 24,438,784
Free Space: 50,050,629,632 bytes
Free Time: 5430:52:34 (MM:SS:FF)
Next Writable Address: 0
Supported Write Speeds: 2x

BD Disc Information (L0):
Disc ID: VERBAT-IMb-000
Disc Type: BD-R
Disc Size: 120mm
Disc Class: 0
Disc Version: 1
Number of Layers: 2
Layer Type: Writable
DVD Layer Present: No
CD Layer Present: No
Channel Bit Length: 74.5nm (25GB Per Layer)
Push-Pull Polarity: Positive
Recorded Mark Polarity: HTL
BCA Present: Yes
Maximum Transfer Rate: Not Specified
First PAA of Data Zone: 131,072
Last PAA of Data Zone: 1,658,494

BD Disc Information (L1):
Disc ID: VERBAT-IMb-000
Disc Type: BD-R
Disc Size: 120mm
Disc Class: 0
Disc Version: 1
Number of Layers: 2
Layer Type: Writable
DVD Layer Present: No
CD Layer Present: No
Channel Bit Length: 74.5nm (25GB Per Layer)
Push-Pull Polarity: Positive
Recorded Mark Polarity: HTL
BCA Present: Yes
Maximum Transfer Rate: Not Specified
First PAA of Data Zone: 2,535,808
Last PAA of Data Zone: 4,063,230

Performance (Write Speed):
Descriptor 1...
-> B0: 0x00, B1: 0x00, B2: 0x00, B3: 0x00
-> EL: 24438783 (0x0174E7FF)
-> RS: 8,990 KB/s (2x) - WS: 8,990 KB/s (2x)

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It's an AMD Turion X2 RM-74 based HP dv7-1400 laptop. The burner is connected through eSATA port. Normally I use the burner in an external Vantec eSATA enclosure but also tried connecting it directly through SATA-to-eSATA cable with the same result.

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Is there any way you can try the drive in a desktop PC? Preferably one with an Intel chipset that it can be connected to directly - they seem to be the most compatible with optical drives.

 

As a side note, the 'Reserve Track' command isn't issued at all for BD-RE, so it could never get stuck (on that command) for that type of media.

 

Are you in a position to be able to try the 'VERBAT-IMd-000' or 'VERBAT-IMf-000' media instead of 'VERBAT-IMb-000' ?

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Thank you very much for such a prompt response! Will try it on another PC. Procuring different types of the Verbatim DL media would be more problematic for me.

 

Good to know about the Reserve Track command on BD-RE. After reading the ImgBurn Settings guide, I noticed that 'Reserve Track' is optional for DVD+R and mainly useful for overburning. Just curious if it's also the case for BD-R.

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To be honest, off the top of my head, I don't know if it's optional or not BD-R. I'll see if I can burn a BD-R disc without sending it and let you know!

 

It's always sent for DVD-R and not normally ever sent for DVD+R (unless you enable that option). Basically, some need it and some don't.

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